The countdown is on for RISSB’s Rail Safety Conference which is taking place in Adelaide on the 4th and 5th April. In preparation for the event we spent a few moments with RISSB’s CEO Paul Daly and gained some insight into RISSB’s priorities, what he sees as the next generation of standards and what some of the main challenges are for the rail industry today.
What are RISSB’s top priorities for 2016?
Paul Daly: After a very busy transition year in 2015, 2016 will see RISSB consolidate its role as the developer and facilitator of Standards, Codes of Practice, Guidelines and Forms for the rail industry through collaboration with Industry and the Regulator. The other top priority for 2016 will be the development and implementation of the rail industry Risk Model.
What do you envisage as the next generation of standards?
Paul Daly: The next generation of standards will be aimed at several areas including the continuing automation of the rail industry, light rail and manufacturing, as well as conducting reviews of existing standards and updating them as necessary.
What are the main challenges the Rail industry as a whole is facing and how does this impact on the work that RISSB does?
Paul Daly: One of the main challenges that is facing the industry today is the constant innovation and development of new technologies in a century+ year old industry, and while this is a good thing for the industry RISSB has to work hard to stay (at least) alongside this development to keep the standards relevant and timely.
We are excited for Rail safety 2016 in Adelaide. What are you looking forward to most about attending and participating in the conference?
As always RISSB enjoys bringing safety professionals together to share experiences and work together to make the rail industry one of the safest industries in the country.
In addition to the outstanding lineup of presentations and speakers, attendees will be treated to a technical site tour. We are delighted that Genesee & Wyoming Australia will be hosting a site tour for RISSB’s Rail Safety Conference attendees on the morning of the 4th April prior to the presentations kicking off.
Attendees will be treated to a tour of GWA’s wagon and locomotive maintenance centres at Dry Creek. The Wagon Maintenance Centre (WMC) is GWA’s principal wagon servicing, overhaul and repair facility, while the Motive Power Centre (MPC) services the organisation’s standard and broad gauge locomotive fleet.
Attendees will also get the chance to visit GWA’s training and development centre at Kilburn. The centre houses the organisation’s train driving simulator and is primarily involved in the delivery of training in safe working and train handling and air brake.
For more information make sure to check out the details on the website and book your place now.