Reviewing National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers
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The National Standard for Health Assessment for Rail Safety Workers (2017) is designed to improve safety by ensuring that rail safety workers are medically fit for duty.
The review included consultation with health professionals, rail unions, rail safety regulators and industry to ensure the medical standards contained in the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers were up to date and reflect current best practice.
The review considered:
- advances in medical knowledge
- issues affecting medical standards for rail workers
- changes to the rail operating environments
- stakeholder feedback on the operation of the current rail standards (including significant problems that have been encountered by medical professionals undertaking testing to date)
- findings of recent enquiries
- corrections to any of the text where mistakes are identified, or where information is out of date (and needs to be updated).
The 2017 Standard came into effect on 1 February 2017.
The latest version of the 2017 Standard was published on 25 January 2017, which includes a revision to Amendment 26.5. Requirements for meeting the new colour vision standard.
The amendment allows workers who were assessed prior to 2012 with a practical test, and have been working safely in the same role, to continue to perform their duties. This change is only expected to impact some rail safety workers in Queensland.
You can purchase a hard copy of the Standard online via Canprint.