The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) promotes safety and safety improvement as a fundamental objective in the delivery of rail transport.
On behalf of the ONRSR, the NSW Branch:
- works with rail transport operators, rail safety workers and others involved in railway operations to improve rail safety nationally
- provides education, advice and training to promote and facilitate safety improvement
- undertakes research and collects and publishes rail safety information.
Rail safety officers and technical specialists work closely with operators to identify opportunities for safety improvement during routine and targeted interactions.
Current safety improvement priorities include:
- promoting continuous improvement and integration of asset management, human factors and fatigue risk management into safety management systems
- tackling safety critical communication as a human performance issue
- raising industry awareness about the management of risks associated with road/rail vehicles to reduce safety incidents.
More than 40 drug and alcohol testing officers attended the first bridging training course offered by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) as part of the process in becoming authorised under the new Rail Safety National Law.
Two new content pages – managing fatigue and rail/road vehicle safety – have been added to a dedicated safety improvement section on the ITSR website.
Asset plans are the topic of the next series of ‘Sharing practice’ asset management meetings, being held for rail operators in NSW during June.
Representatives of the Australian rail industry are invited to participate in a follow-up workshop designed to improve safety associated with road/rail vehicle (RRV) operations.
An important takeaway message from the recent ‘Sharing practice’ meetings was that maintenance prescribed by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is not always sufficient for managing risk.