ITSR promotes rail safety
Mr Neist said ITSR’s team of human factors experts would be actively promoting the results of research, identification of best practice, collection and analysis of data.
“There are two sides to the work that ITSR does in the rail industry. One is compliance with the legislation and the other is safety promotion.
“Safety promotion is an important part of the work that we do to raise awareness about, and drive continuous improvement in, key areas of safety in the rail industry,” he said. “We do this through facilitation, education and other awareness activities.”
Mr Neist made the comments at ITSR’s Executive Safety Seminar, on 27 July in Sydney, which had as a key topic the issue of fatigue risk management.
“ITSR’s review of computer-based fatigue models used in the rail industry in Australia identified potential limitations in the models which many rail transport operators use to help manage fatigue associated with shift work.
“We alerted the rail industry to the limitations and suggested strategies for incorporating fatigue modelling as one part of an overall fatigue risk management regime.”
ITSR’s website has a dedicated section for the rail industry called ‘Safety improvement’ with tools, checklists and systems made available on several important safety and precursor topics covered including:
- level crossings
- signals passed at danger
- contributing factors framework
- rail resource management
- railway safety practices.