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We review and maintain the Standard to ensure it remains current with best practice and and reflects any medical developments

Reviewing National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers

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Purpose

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  • corrections to any of the text where mistakes are identified, or where information is out of date (and needs to be updated).

Next steps

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.

Background

The National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers (2017) underpins a system for monitoring the health of rail safety workers and enables a consistent application of health standards across the Australian rail industry. All health assessments for rail safety workers are conducted in line with the standard.

Since the last standard publication there have been medical, legal and social developments that may require changes to ensure they are accurate and reflect current practices.

This project is critically linked to the review of Assessing Fitness to Drive. Information from the updated medical standards contained in Assessing Fitness to Drive will be adapted where relevant and applied to the rail environment.

This project will be of broad interest to stakeholders of other NTC rail projects, including the National Rail Safety Regulator and Council sub-groups such as the Safety and Security Working Group (SSWG) and the Rail Safety Policy and Regulation Group (RSPRG).

Read more about the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers.

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Project Manager Tania Wilson
Last Updated: 7/12/2017