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Transport ministers approved the revised National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers at the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting on 4 November 2016. The revised standard will come into effect on 1 February 2017.

New rail safety workers standard released

25 November 2016

The standard provides rail operators with a robust system for monitoring and assessing the health of its workers, and responding if needed, to help maintain a safe rail system.

Minor changes to the medical criteria align the revised standard more closely with the recently updated Assessing Fitness to Drive guidelines.

Acting Chief Executive of the NTC Dr Geoff Allan said the NTC consulted widely to ensure the medical standards were up to date and reflect current best practice.

“We have worked closely with health professionals, rail unions, rail safety regulators and industry to update the standard so that it incorporates the latest expertise, making it even more practical for users,” Dr Allan said.

“Rail workers play a vital role in keeping Australia’s rail system safe. This standard helps to ensure that these workers are fit for duty and receive any necessary monitoring and support they may need.”

Transport ministers this month approved the updated standard, as well as amendments to the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL), to establish major rail project fees and Queensland fatigue provisions.

This is the first revision of the standard since the RSNL came into effect on 20 January 2013.

A digital copy of the standard is available on the NTC website and a print-on-demand service will be offered on the NTC website in early 2017.

Last Updated: 1/2/2017