Safety, Safety, Standards & Regulation

RISSB’s Safety List

RISSB is driving harmonisation of the Australian rail industry, and enhancing safety, productivity and efficiency. Under Australia’s co-regulatory model, RISSB supports the rail industry by coordinating the development of performance-based national rail standards and providing guidance and advice to help industry achieve safer outcomes.

RISSB is well known for helping its members mitigate their risks by providing safety tools in the form of Australian Standards, Guidelines, Codes of Practice and Rules. These publications help organisations and individuals who have a duty to ensure the health of their workforce and safety of their operations, ‘manage risks’ by eliminating or controlling them so far as is reasonably practicable (SFAIRP).

At its annual Rail Safety Conference in October last year, RISSB released a list of publications that provide practical guidance on how to manage risks in eight key areas. While the list was developed for the sole purpose of helping conference attendees understand how the conference streams and sessions aligned to RISSB publications, it is now available as aready reckoner.

One document that features on the safety list is the System Safety Assurance Guideline. This critical publication aims to create a harmonised, uniform and consistent approach for managing the safety of existing and future Australian railway network assets and systems. It provides the necessary governance, processes and objective evidence by which all interested parties satisfy themselves that a given product, service, system or organisational change can be safely integrated, operated and maintained into the transport network SFAIRP.

Another document that highlights the need for greater vigilance and control mechanisms in the rail corridor is AS 7644 Rail Corridor Access. As the name suggests, the aim of this Standard is to outline requirements that encourage rail organisations to adopt a whole-of- life approach to the management of rail corridor access. This approach includes the requirements in relation to rail corridor access in terms of design, supply, construction, and maintenance of access controls for a range of operational railways in Australia.

For the benefit of all who could not attend the conference, the list of downloadable resources (as they relate to conference streams) has been reproduced.

To access these publications and others in RISSB’s suite of Australian Standards, Codes of Practice Guidelines and Rules, visit www.rissb.com.au.

The documents on this list are a small representative sample of RISSB’s library of more than 210 publications that cover all aspects of rail operations. If you would like to receive a copy of our catalogue, please send an email with the subject line REQUEST TO RECEIVE CATALOGUE to info@rissb.com.au.

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