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The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released a consultation report with proposed changes to the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers.

NTC seeks feedback on Australia’s rail safety workers standard

14 June 2016

The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released a consultation report with proposed changes to the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers.

The standard helps to ensure that rail safety workers are fit for duty and that any rail safety workers with medical conditions get the monitoring and support they may need to keep themselves and Australia’s rail system safe.

The report proposes minor amendments based on feedback from stakeholders including changes to the medical criteria to more closely align them with Assessing Fitness to Drive.

Acting Chief Executive of the NTC Geoff Allan encouraged medical experts, Australia’s rail industry and rail safety workers to consider making a submission to the report, which they can do up until 29 July.

“Rail safety workers make sure Australia’s train and tram networks operate safely. This standard helps to ensure these workers are assessed as being fit enough to perform their work related duties safely and get appropriate help if they need it,” Mr Allan said.

“We welcome stakeholders’ views and supporting evidence about the proposed changes to the standard.”

Mr Allan said the NTC would consider all feedback from stakeholders carefully before making final recommendations to ministers in November this year.

A copy of the NTC’s discussion paper is available here and submissions can be lodged between now and 5pm Friday, 29 July 2016.

Last Updated: 18/11/2016