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Rail Engineering & Design Safety Management (EDSM)

3-Day Training Course: THE Essential Guide to Risk & Safety Management in Rail. Australian legislation now requires designers & project managers to demonstrate competence in EDSM as part of their mandatory licensing as a rail safety worker. This course will not only underpin the demonstration of the necessary skills, but provide unique insights & quality, practical guidance

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the principles of EDSM
  • Appreciate risk in the context of the railway, design and safety management
  • Describe how design and the safety lifecycle interact and influence each other
  • Relate current best practice including safety standards such as EN50126 to your own business
  • Identify and use relevant standards to aid management of design risk
  • Identify hazards, assess risks and understand risk assessment and its approaches
  • Discover relevant standards and illustrate how risks in general should be managed
  • Describe different approaches to risk acceptance and ALARP and learn to apply the current and developing legislative requirements for rail design risk
  • Contribute to a safety plan and communicate safety-related information including hazard logs and other safety records
  • Understand the need for a risk based systems engineering lifecycle approach to enable built-in safety, value and performance
  • Make decisions which optimise system safety and engineering design requirements in a business context
  • Explain the concept of the designer as a ‘rail safety worker’ and its implications
  • Use case studies to understand the potential for things to go wrong and develop the practical risk management skills
  • Understand project management, systems engineering and integration, validation and stakeholder management in the overall rail business context.

About the Course

This 3 day course provides engineers, managers and others involved in safety-related projects with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of EDSM supported by competency based structure.

Our expert course directors are able to draw upon years of railway experience in developing, teaching and applying the key principles of EDSM.

This unique training course is structured around 16 modules as described in the outline-table.

The opening module provides background to EDSM and a brief overview of its application in the railway drawing upon best practice. The following modules introduce a number of EDSM fundamentals and the approach suggested by the good practice and standards for putting them into place.

Comprehensive guidance on implementing safe work systems in the railway is provided and all participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the main techniques involved.

The course content is mapped to:

  • Industry standard competencies, skills and evidence requirements relevant to rail safety work (see our website for details)
  • Industry regulations
  • Australian and international standards

The lectures are interspersed with practical exercises. There is short multiple choice examination at the end to assess the identified learning outcomes

Who Will Benefit

Any member of staff – decision makers, project managers, line managers, engineers, designers and others – involved with changes to the railway need an understanding of the latest best practice.

The course provides a structured and robust approach to managing complex railway projects safely that is aligned with CENELEC standard IEC62278:2002 and AS4292.2006

Recommended Pre-requisites
Participants should have a general understanding of engineering and project management principles and practice


“Over the years I have attended many training courses provided by [Informa Corporate Learning]. I have always found the course content to be relevant and accurate and the course facilitators to be leaders in their field.”
Analyst, Eni Australia Ltd

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Course Outline

Module 1. Introduction to EDSM & Acronyms

  • Icebreaker, house-keeping etc, interactive training
  • ISA
  • EDSM
  • RAM(S)
  • SMS
  • AQF

Note: Regulations & Standards are referenced at the end of each relevant section

Module 2. Understanding risk
Learning outcomes

  • What is risk and how is it measured?
  • Types of risk and definitions, measurements
  • The relevant risk management standards
  • Business benefits, legal, financial, performance, project and safety
  • Railway changes, upgrades, maintenance and degraded modes [6][1][8]
  • Key safety terminology and concepts requirements and standards.
  • Relationship between accidents, hazards, causes, failures, faults and errors [1][8][10][11]
  • Understanding the rail paradigm, the sources of railway risk
  • Railway accident statistics worldwide and Australia, comparison with other industries [16][17]
  • Trends in data and costs of safety initiatives [17]

Module 3. Examples of engineering and design safety risk in rail

  • Definition of design and what do we mean by ‘design/engineering safety risk’ in rail? [18][1]
  • Design costs and lifecycle costs [12]
  • Design safety/system safety versus OH&S
  • The project/product lifecycle [1][8][12]
  • Lifecycle activities and effort [1][2][3][4][5][8]
  • System engineering as a means to managed project complexity [12]
  • Exercise: Students to carry out rudimentary safety analysis (example of working through a level
    crossing risk assessment)

Module 4. Initiating EDSM on a project

  • Safety planning activities within a project lifecycle [8][10]
  • Safety records, including hazard logs [8]
  • Examples of design and engineering safety management in practice
  • Configuration management [8]
  • Requirements management [8]
  • Exercise: Produce a safety plan for a railway implementation project [8]

Module 5. Case studies of accidents related to design
Learning from the mistakes of others:

  • Accident causation
  • Monitoring risk and risk profiles [8][16][17]
  • Ladbroke Grove, UK, Hatfield UK, Waterfall NSW, Beresfield NSW, Glenbrook NSW
  • Exercise: Review a Railway Accident Investigation report and study the causes, and discuss the
    safety recommendations

Module 6. What does legislation say about rail design/engineering safety risk? Demonstration of ALARP and compliance
A detailed look at the ALARP principle and other Risk Acceptance criteria from
around the world including compliance with standards, comparable systems
and formal risk assessment [15][14][8][18][1]

  • A look at the Rail Safety Act and its regulations in Australia [14]
  • The designer as a ‘rail safety worker’ – what are the implications? [13]
  • The importance of competency management [1][8][19]

Module 7. Case study: Demonstrating ALARP
A practical application of the concept of SFAIRP

How to demonstrate SFAIRP at the design stage [13][15]

  • Compliance based argument and formal risk assessment approach outlining the novelty/complexity continuum [15][18]

Practical exercise for participants in the use of these tools
Two worked examples based upon rolling stock compliance and siding gradient risk assessment conducted in Australia

Module 8. Assessing and reducing risk
Defining changes – Identifying hazards [6][7][8]

  • Risk assessment methods process:

    > Hazard identification

    > Causal consequence analysis [7][8]

  • Established methods of examining designs such as Fault Tree and FMECA [7][8][10]
  • Exercise: Fault Tree: exercise of a simple safety system used on the railway – Level Crossing

Module 9. Standards for engineering safety

  • Relevant safety standards and their application
  • Safety requirements and evidence [1][2][3][4][5][8][9][10][11]
  • Establishing safety requirements
  • Assumptions Dependencies and Caveats (ADCs)
  • Target apportionment [8][10][1]
  • What does ‘fail safe’ mean [10][11]
  • Safety Integrity Levels (SILs) [9][10][11]
  • Analysing various types of safety case and preparing a safety case [10]

Module 10. Accident case study: Detailed case study caused by design errors and inadequate EDSM

  • Wenzhou high speed rail collision case study
  • Entire series of events analysed including review of multiple causes
  • Group Exercise: Tailor the safety plan written in a previous to plan the rectification of the issues
    identified for a new product development. Identify key hazards and plan how they will be controlled

Module 11. Safety organisational issues

  • Defining, allocating and transferring safety responsibilities especially the rail safety worker
  • Organisational goals and safety culture
  • Safety policy
  • Safety competence and training
  • Working with suppliers
  • Communicating and co-ordinating [1][13]

High reliability organisations and where to look for best practice

Human factors in design:

  • Ensuring that the design is user friendly
  • The people factor in design safety risk
  • Learning from the past [7][8][1]

Module 12. Railway systems engineering and integration
Railway system functional breakdown [8][12]
The systems engineering approach:

  • Systems Integration and examples of systems engineering and integration in practice
  • Complexity management [12][8][1]
  • The importance of user input and stakeholder consultation
  • Requirements, verification and validation, systems and systems boundaries, system theory,
    levelling and hierarchies, configuration, process models, and trade studies
  • Interface management
  • Worked example of systems engineering employed on a real project [8][9][12] [1]
  • Exercise: Drawing systems boundaries and identifying system hazards – Axle counter application
    group exercise [12]

Module 13. Reliability and Maintainability (RAM), Verification and Validation (V&V)

  • RAM Management
  • Definitions
  • Interaction with system safety
  • Methods for ensuring reliability, availability and maintainability [8]
  • The importance of V&V
  • The importance of testing and commissioning
  • What can go wrong and how to avoid this
  • Methodology and planning
  • Examples of V&V Planning and execution [8][9][10]
  • Exercise: Verification and validation exercises

Module 14. Safety management systems and quality management

  • Best practice in SMS. Project and organisation SMS. SMS as a control mechanism for hazards
  • Quality management systems and the reporting of quality management systems to support project and product safety cases. The relationship between safety andquality. Linking the design with reality [1][2][3][4][5][19][8][13]
  • Group Exercise: Selective review and assessment of a real SMS using the SMS maturity model RM3

Module 15. Safety acceptance and approval processes

  • Acceptance and Safety Case processes in different countries and Australia, cross acceptance and demonstrating safety
  • Goal Structured Notation (GSN)
  • Compliance with Regulation, certification and licensing. The role of the Australian and state regulators
  • Independent Professional Review
  • Safety audit and safety assessment
  • Levels of independence
  • Commissioning, performing and writing up an audit or assessment [1][8][10][13]
  • Group Exercise: Put together a GSN safety argument for a simple safety critical product including ALARP demonstration and Safety Case elements

Module 16. Sum up and the way forward

  • Potential pitfalls in safety engineering approached and lessons learnt
  • A look at the Hadden Cave report on the 2006 Nimrod Disaster
  • Course summary and the way forward
  • Interactive session: key issues facing the industry and how we can improve, learn from other, manage complexity and provide better performance

Module 17. Course examination

  • Multiple choice paper concerning all aspects of the course

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