Help Shape the Future of Rail: Join a RISSB Development Group
In six weeks' time there are two very special days; 13 October is the first day of the 29th International Railway Safety Council Conference in Perth and on the following day, World Standards Day.
World Standards Day is celebrated internationally each year on 14 October. The day honours the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop products within standards development organisations.
As every year, the mainstay of RISSB's standards development work continues to be the development and management of RISSB's catalogue of close to 200 rail industry products, all of which have national application and have been developed in collaboration with industry.
We rely on input from rail safety professionals to ensure our rolling stock, safety, infrastructure, operations and train control products best reflect the needs of the rail industry and add value. We regularly seek nominations from the breadth and depth of industry whenever we manage development of a new product or review an existing one. The work of Development Groups is invaluable and ensures that RISSB maintains a suite of products that delivers good outcomes to industry, governments and our members.
Keep checking your emails for notices of Development Group opportunities that may be of interest to you. Being involved with a Development Group provides a unique opportunity to work with your peers to create something that will ensure industry assets and systems are safe, reliable, interoperable, and
perform as expected.
Thank you to everyone for your efforts and ongoing support.
Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Requirements for the Procurement of Rolling Stock Guideline
The Development Group for this new product met for the first time in June to discuss the headings and hazards applicable to this product. The outcome of this meeting forms the building blocks for the first draft of the Guideline which will start taking shape over the coming months.
RISSB and the Australian Industry Standards (AIS) Rail Industry Reference Committee (IRC)
RISSB participated in the rail IRC meeting on 28 August 2019, providing input into rail training packages, qualifications, and schedule of work under review. Of particular interest was a discussion by the committee on ways to attract and retain young people in the rail industry.
This forum scheduled for Wednesday, 2 October at Aurizon in Brisbane is filling up and three organisations have offered to provide a detailed analysis of an investigation they have undertaken. The day long program will also include a presentation from ATSB and other external relevant experts along with a review of the lessons that emerged from the initial forum held in 2018. For more information, contact Phil Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re thrilled with the response we received for Horizons 2.0, with high quality applications received from 31 organisations.
A big thank you to everyone who nominated someone in their team to participate in this career-defining opportunity. We can't wait to meet our program participants and work with them over the next seven months.
Fun facts about Horizons 2.0 Participants
30 per cent of Horizons 2.0 participants are female
The majority (30 per cent) call Victoria home
More than 90 per cent work as engineers (civil or mechanical are the most common).
Horizons 2.0 will
officially kick off on Friday with a welcome webinar.
AS 1085.21 Railway Track Materials, Part 21: Turnouts, Switches and Crossings
The Development Group has been reviewing AS 1085.21 with a focus on the linkage between this Standard and AS 7642 Turnouts and Other Special Trackwork.
It is anticipated that the draft AS 1085.21 will be released for public comment shortly. For those interested, AS 1085.21 specifically addresses the design and manufacture of turnouts, switches and crossings. Whereas, AS 7642 takes a whole-of-life approach to be considered by rail infrastructure managers.
Last week the rail industry came together to share ideas and real-world insights at RISSB’s third annual Rail Cyber Security Conference. With the theme Rail Cyber Security: Are We Sleepwalking into Danger? The event brought together key players working in cyber security, telecommunications and the rail industry including: cyber security practitioners, experts, academics, and industry representatives.
Speakers offered their insights and experience, as well as actionable solutions on the most
important issues facing the rail industry, including innovative ways to mitigate cyber security risks, and how to ensure business continuity in the event of a cyber attack.
Harmonisation of Standards and Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC)
Skills/labour supply and harmonisation of rail industry (including rolling stock) Standards were identified as priority areas for the rail industry. RISSB has been asked to comment on a draft action plan that will be presented at the next Council meeting. The ARA, Victorian Department of Transport, ARTC and ONRSR are also contributing to the draft plan.