The past year has seen RISSB enhance its role as industry’s partner in co-regulation.
RISSB’s projects in the next year expand the organisation’s role.
The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) has released its 2020/2021 industry-driven work plan, which includes close to 30 publications and 16 major projects that will be delivered over a two-year horizon.
This work plan is a result of RISSB’s overhauled project planning process and heralds a new era for RISSB. In addition to delivering standards, guidelines, codes of practice and rules, RISSB now has a new major projects portfolio set up to address industry- wide issues focusing on business imperatives. This holistic approach demonstrates that RISSB is future-focused and is equipped to address industry’s current and future challenges, now.
Input from stakeholders directly informs the development of our priorities and the vital publications that we make available to industry. The work plan was developed after significant consultation with CEOs, other senior industry executives, and RISSB’s standing committees helped us determine the priorities that will create a safer and more productive industry.
Throughout the year, RISSB will be managing the development of a total of 29 publications comprising reviews, resubmissions from the previous year’s priority planning process (PPP), AS 1085 series of documents still transitioning from Standards Australia, and projects put forward and endorsed by Standing Committees.
A list of our Australian Code of Practice (ACOP) projects is available in the table below.
|Guideline||Achieving compliance at railway station platforms with DSAPT|
|Under consideration||Firmware, software and configuration management for operational rail assets|
|Standard||LED Locomotive Headlights, LED Ditchlights|
|Standard||Safety Critical Comms|
|Standard||Light Rail Interfaces with Roads (Signals and Signage)|
|Guideline||Australian Rail Industry Management System Framework|
|Guideline||Fatigue Risk Management|
|Form||SPAD Investigations Proforma|
|AS 7460||Operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones) on the Railway Network|
|AS 7519||Bogie Structures|
|AS 7520||Body Structural Requirements|
|AS 7522||Access & Egress|
|AS 7533||Driving Cabs|
|AS 7640||Rail Management|
|AS 7651||Axle Counters|
|AS 7658||Level Crossing|
|AS 7664||Railway Signalling Cable Routes, Cable Pits & Foundations|
|AS 7703||Signalling Power Supplies|
|Code of Practice||Wheel Defect Manual|
|AS 7474||System Safety Assurance for the Rail Industry|
|Guideline||Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) Guideline for the Australian Rail Industry|
|AS 7639||Track Structure & Support Systems|
|AS 7642||Turnouts and Special Trackworks|
|AS 7666||TPC Interoperability|
|Guideline||Wheel Rail Profile Development|
|AS 1085.17||Railway track materials – steel sleepers|
Taking into consideration the impact of COVID-19 on the rail industry, improved workflows, revised Development Group membership requirements, and streamlined internal processes will ensure ongoing Development Group commitments are optimised during what continues to be a challenging time for all.
Our new Major Projects portfolio will enable RISSB to address key challenges facing the industry, focus on activities that directly address the needs of its stakeholders, and deliver step change improvements for the benefit of the Australian rail industry through a number of workstreams: Track Worker Safety, National Rules, National Vehicle Register, Train Control Interoperability, Noise, Technology Benefit Realisation and the National Rail Action Plan.
The table below shows all 16 major projects.
|Report||Exploration of Technological Solutions (RISSB / ONRSR joint project)|
|Action Plan||Action Plan from Technology Study|
|Guideline||Good Practice for Planning Works in the Rail Corridor|
|Guideline||Achieving a Positive Safety Culture in the Rail Corridor|
|Training||Explore the Viability of Nationally Recognised Protection Officer Training|
|Rule||National Communications Rule|
|Plan||Produce a Pipeline of Harmonized and Rationalized National Rules|
|Glossary||Glossary of Terms|
|Register||National Vehicle Register|
|Report||Interoperability Technology Solutions and Funding Models|
|Report||The Case (SFAIRP) for (taking away/reducing etc) Horns in Built Up Areas|
|Code of Practice||Industry Code of Practice on Horns|
|Report||Current Good Practice in Wheel Squeal|
|Website||Wed-based Technology Sharing Platform|
|Various||National Rail Action Plan
Capping off what has already been a successful year for RISSB, in 2019/2020 RISSB delivered an impressive 21 standards, codes of practice, and guidelines bringing the total number of publications RISSB has in its catalogue to more than 220. In addition to these projects, RISSB also published The National Rules Framework, and the seminal study into Rail’s Current Innovations and Trends and the Assessment of Interoperability Issues from the Proposed Introduction of New Train Control Systems; these are noteworthy achievements in themselves.