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Rail Safety – An Investigative Seminar
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Rail Safety – An Investigative Seminar

2-Day Training Course: A guide to achieving both full compliance & best practice in railway safety management. Transport & Infrastructure This course teaches what you need to know & do to gain control of rail safety risks in your organisation. It ranges from understanding compliance to what industry best practice looks like, allowing you to determine where your organisation wants to be & how to achieve that

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Key Learning Objectives

On completion of the course, participants should be able to

  • Describe best practice rail safety management enabling programmed adoption
  • Establish a risk profile thereby allowing the key risks to be specifically targeted
  • Determine precise statutory rail safety requirements to ensure compliance
  • Confirm that rail safety management systems work towards achieving goals
  • Discuss the nature of incident causation
  • Evaluate ‘Zero Harm’: The advantages and disadvantages of this philosophy, and whether it is achievable
  • Develop effective measures of rail safety to provide clear KPIs
  • Describe the ‘cradle to grave’ approach in rail project safety
  • Outline the role of safety governance to ensure it is in place and effective
  • Acknowledge the importance of lessons learned in continuous improvement

About the Course

Railway safety is generally about low probability, high consequence incidents that any rail organisation wants to avoid at all costs.

So what is best practice? The course will examine just what this is in rail terms and in a way that reflects the realities of the Australian rail industry, where technology is not always what it might be. What can be learned from elsewhere that could practically be implemented will be examined – not so much technology but systems and ways of doing things.

One essential in implementation is to clearly understand the inherent rail safety risks otherwise you are essentially working blind. Techniques to establish accurate risk profiles that can drive the risk elimination and mitigation effort will be covered, as well as the concept of zero tolerance.

Participants will gain a clear understanding of what rail safety is, as distinct from OH&S. As part of this course a number of case studies will be studied, with the aim of learning lessons from the misfortune of others.

Who Will Benefit

  • General and line managers including superintendents and supervisors in rail
  • Rail safety managers
  • Regulators and their staff

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Course Outline

Introduction and review of railway safety

  • Definitions and history
  • Taxonomy – how do you classify rail safety events?
  • Scope and application – prevention of serious incidents is what it is all about!

Sources of information about rail safety

  • Reviewing the best sources of knowledge on the subject
  • Railway Safety Principles, the ‘Blue Book’ and others
  • Industry groups and the part they can play
  • The common themes around rail safety – with participant input

Understanding current regulatory requirements

  • A detailed look at the legislation and supporting material
  • What you have to do to be 100% compliant
  • What is ‘So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable’ all about, plus worked examples
  • Why regulatory compliance should always be the minimum standard
  • What are some of the key standards that apply to rail safety?
  • Likely future trends in regulation

 Case study 1

  • A look at how a rail incident unfolds, with history and latent causation
  • The complexity of incident causation – never simple
  • Why we cannot rely on human beings for incident prevention
  • Identify lessons learned – with attendee input

Rail safety management systems

  • The options
  • Examples and trends
  • How to ensure it is not just a paper exercise
  • What works and what doesn’t and the bottom line impact
  • Management of change – a key part of the whole picture
  • Is there a role for ‘Zero Harm’ in all this?

The role of safe working systems

  • Why there are so many
  • Move to a common set of rules
  • Basics of safe working, regardless of the network

Case study 2

Activity: Identifying rail safety issues

  • Examining a rail safety incident
  • The systemic rail safety issues behind the incident
  • How the incident could have been prevented
  • Participants work through and produce their version of a safety assessment

Project safety management

  • A ‘cradle to grave’ approach
  • Minimum regulatory requirements for rail project safety management
  • A look at the ‘Yellow Book’ as possible best practice

Best practice 1

  • What is best practice in rail safety? Participant input
  • Where should we look for inspiration? How realistic is adopting approach of others?
  • How do we set about implementing best practice?
  • Evaluating who does it best – example 1 rail. How does this translate?

What is a risk profile?

  • Understanding just what a risk profile is
  • Why an accurate risk profile is essential to any rail organisation
  • How to go about producing a risk profile
  • Why you need a risk profile and how to use it

Case study 3

Activity: Incident controls

  • Examining a rail safety incident
  • What elements of a rail safety management system are relevant to this incident?
  • Participants work through and produce effective controls

Best practice 2

  • Rail safety fundamentals are the same anywhere
  • The importance of lessons learned and learning from others
  • Evaluating who does it best – example 2 non-rail
  • Participants develop a plan to adopt the principles

Case study 4

  • A look at a high profile non-rail incident with lessons for rail
  • How the fundamentals of causation are often very similar
  • Learning from others misfortune – an essential part of the game – participant input


  • Participant activity to develop a plan to take away from the course
  • Presentation to the group
  • General discussion
  • Summary of the course

Affirmation of the way forward – not just another course!

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