Over the past few years, we have worked to expand our value to our members and to promote the organisation’s mission - To be the trusted leaders in the rail safety co-regulatory environment, providing products and services that enhance safety and efficiency.
Last year we introduced a new strategic plan to help move us forward toward these goals. We are currently developing Australia’s Network Rules and Procedures and the Victorian Network Rules. Last week RISSB officially took carriage of the 1085 series of Australian Standards. These Standards, written prior to the existence of RISSB, are effectively the specification for the infrastructure that is the backbone of Australia’s railway sector. Later this year, we will be expanding our suite of training courses and introducing new opportunities for members to engage with RISSB and the rail industry.
We will continue our commitment to deliver value to our members by:
Creating powerful programming that is relevant and meaningful to our members
Identifying more tangible member benefits
Growing our support and commitment to those organisations aligned with our vision, mission and values.
If you are a new RISSB member we welcome you and encourage you to get involved with our organisation.
Our recently launched Industry Networking Breakfast program offers a platform for industry professionals to meet and network while our new Horizons Program offers high-level and cutting-edge programming that is targeted at our emerging leaders nominated by the senior management of their respective organisations
Additional opportunities for engagement include forums, conferences and meetings; and of course our most important component is our Development Groups. With an exciting program of work scheduled to continue well into the new year we are always looking for new Development Group members to share their expertise and perspective. If you’d like to find out more about how to join a Development Group and how you can contribute, please visit RISSB’s website.
You can check our events calendar on our website for details and to register for all programs and events that are currently scheduled. Details of the
December Industry Networking Breakfast in Sydney will be announced shortly.
Finally, we hope that you will consider reaching out to others that you know and encourage them to join RISSB. Being a member of RISSB has many, many benefits.
Paul Daly RISSB CEO
RISSB Meetings Update
Last week RISSB hosted its triannual series of safety meetings in Perth. The Safety Managers Group (SMG), industry's most senior safety group, and the National Track Worker Safety Forum (NTWSF) formed the bulk of the series, each one attracting close to 30 industry participants.
Safety Managers Group (SMG)
The SMG discussed progress against various industry initiatives, and once again provided an important conduit between industry and the ONRSR. There was active discussion around sharing of lessons learned from recent safety initiatives (especially in exceedances of authority) around the country, as well as progress against the SMG’s Safety Strategy.
The National Trackworker Safety Forum (NTWSF)
The NTWSF is an important industry group advancing the agenda of safety for people who work on/around rail infrastructure; this meeting provided a platform for rail companies to share initiatives and learn from each other in an open setting. There was a great deal of concern for future skills shortages - especially in the area of protection officers - as rail projects grow in size and number, and workforces are increasingly hired in; no easy answers but some good ideas shared around organisational training and mentoring programs. The group received very informative presentations about road rail vehicle safety, suicide in the railway as well as specific programs at several rail companies.
RISSB’s Safety Standing Committee and Operations and Performance Standing Committee
RISSB’s Safety Standing Committee and Operations & Performance Standing Committees received updates on the progress of projects (Standards, Codes of Practice and Guidelines) in those portfolios. The members of those committees provide valuable strategic oversight to around 15 projects, and offered their input as to the development and cross-linkages between them.
National Rules Advisory Group
The National Rules Advisory Group also met and were updated as to progress. There was significant discussion on the actions required to get the full benefit of the project, including securing support from the most senior levels around industry, and enacting the implementation plan for full benefit realisation. This important project can only achieve maximum success if the railway takes up the challenge of a national set of rules, and works towards effective adoption across the country.
Thank you to all the industry experts who contributed to these meetings to help us move activity forward. And thank you to Fortescue for hosting us and looking after us so well!
National Medical Standards Meeting
RISSB is co-ordinating a National Medical Standards Meeting in Sydney on Thursday, 8 November 2018. Attendees will include Chief Medical Officers, key people dealing with medical Standards (working for rail transport operators), and the National Transport Commission. Discussions will focus on proposed changes to the current Medical Standards along with a discussion on authorised health professionals and processes related to their training.
The Life of a SPAD - SPAD Symposium
An industry SPAD Symposium (The Life of a SPAD) will be held at Sydney Trains (Dialogue, 477 Pitt Street, Sydney) on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. The agenda includes presentations from ATSB, V/line, MTM, ONRSR and Sydney Trains, as well as a range of workshops on current or recently completed research. Spaces are limited so register now.
Date: Tuesday, 30 October 2018 Time: 9 am – 4.00 pm Location: Dialogue, Sydney Trains, 477 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost is $190 for RISSB members. The non-members rate is $290.
Hurry. Only 7 spots left!
For more information, please contact Phil Allan via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on mobile 0401 120 978.
Derailments Investigation and Analysis Workshop Sydney l 5-8 November 2018
Next month's Derailments Investigation and Analysis Workshop is a must-attend course that will benefit those who are new to rail industry investigations or safety personnel who may be required to assist in rail safety investigations.
Participants will be taken through the technical process of evidence collection, investigation analysis, types, causal factors, and derailment.
This four-day course will cover:
Track construction and components
Point of derailment and analysis
Bogie construction and wheel interactions with rail.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skills required to investigate safety incidents, including planning the investigation, collecting and analysing information, and preparing the rail safety incident report.
Why you should attend
Learn in a format that incorporates
theory, application, review and assessment
Network and exchange experiences with industry colleagues
AS 7471Australian Rail - Personal Protective Equipment - Minimum Requirements
AS 7471 has gone out for public consultation until early December 2018. The Standard covers high visibility outer clothing, safety eyewear, safety footwear and sun protection. The Standard will be reviewed following public consultation, signed off by the Development Group, and go through normal RISSB processes before it is released in early 2019.
Spotlight on Rail Cyber Security
A rail cyber security risk is a safety risk - Rail cyber security attacks can threaten passenger safety, disrupt services and cause severe economic damage. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to think about what you can do to to mitigate constantly evolving risks, and the perfect time to introduce you to our growing suite of cyber security products (in development or published) which now stands at five.
Earlier this year, we made history by publishing the world's first rail cyber security Standard - AS 7770 Rail Cyber Security and in November we will be releasing industry's Rail Cyber Security Strategy. We are currently developing two cyber security-related Codes of Practice and a Guideline.
With the continued introduction of technology, and the convergence of information technology and operational technology, train control systems have the risk of being compromised by threat actors. To further support AS 7770, a more detailed set of requirements is needed to address risks within train control systems. If you are interested in collaborating with others and developing a new product, you are welcome to join this Development Group. Nominations close COB on Friday, 19 October 2018. Please email email@example.com.
Guideline - Rail Cyber Security
Twenty-five people attended the inaugural Development Group Meeting held on Monday, 15 October. Members discussed what to include in the table of contents and provided direction on how this document will align with AS 7770 Rail Cyber Security. The next meeting will be held in November 2018.
Once complete, this document will provide guidance on practices to address rail cyber threats and provide industry (rail operators, vendors and third parties) with specific information on how to assist in progressing the maturity of cyber security risk management in rail.
This Code of Practice will provide detailed practices on how to address threats and vulnerabilities associated with rolling stock systems and provide industry (rail train operators, vendors and third parties) with specific requirements to help progress maturity in cyber security risk management. It will support AS 7770 Rail Cyber Security in managing cyber security risk on the Australian and New Zealand railway networks.
We are still seeking nominations from people to develop this product. If you're interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before COB Friday, 19 October 2018.
RISSB Adds Light Rail to its Collection
Thanks to Kym Smith from South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for kindly donating a model tram to RISSB. Not only has our modest train collection grown, but now we can say that light rail forms part of it.
Pictured from left to right: Dr Todd Bentley, Industry Director – Passenger Operations; Steve Sammartino, Futurist; and Phil Allan, RISSB's Standards Development and Strategy Manager
Shared Safety Focus
When MTM invited us to attend their one day safety forum we jumped at the chance. The forum included a range of informative, interesting and challenging presentations on future technology, leadership and teamwork, disability access, drugs and alcohol in the workplace, and fatigue. The forum was attended by around 250 people from largely Victorian based rail organisations. Thanks for extending the invitation to us, MTM.
Say Hello to More Horizons Participants
Every fortnight, we'll be introducing you to three Horizons Program participants from across Australia. This week say hello to Liam Sands, Lucy McCormack and Nathan Robertson.
I am Liam Sands working with KiwiRail’s Safety, Health and Environment team based in Auckland, NZ.
My role involves supporting a variety of teams in meeting our objective of a Zero Harm workplace. No two days are the same in this role and in my spare time I am a community football coach.
Rail is experiencing a resurgence, with Governments and private investors committing billions of dollars into rail projects to move people and freight quickly and sustainably. It’s a great time to work in rail and the Horizons Programme is an excellent opportunity to collaborate for innovative ideas around rail and safety.
My name is Lucy McCormack and I am a Graduate Civil Engineer for Queensland Rail.
I am part of the Regional Engineering Services team based in Townsville. I work with other engineers to provide services such as inspections, maintenance, and upgrades for track and structures from Rockhampton to Cairns and west out to Mt Isa.
I am excited for the RISSB Horizon’s Program, so that I can expand my knowledge on new technology in the industry to improve the safety and efficiency of Queensland Rail’s network.
In my spare time I enjoy playing touch football and reading a good book.
Hi, my name is Nathan Robertson, and I’m the AutoHaul® Onboard Specialist for Rio Tinto based in Perth. In my 15 years in the rail industry, I have held a wide range of positions across multiple businesses and disciplines including project management, business improvement, commissioning and maintenance support.
My current role is leading the onboard operational readiness for the world’s first heavy haul Autonomous Train Operation project. This has included providing input and validating HSEQ requirements, detailed design, commissioning and acceptance criteria.
I’m excited to be part of the inaugural Horizons program, and the opportunity to enhance my knowledge of other new technologies and meet other experts within the
Australian Rail industry.