This page provides support and guidance for Tourist & Heritage and other smaller, less-complex operators in their efforts to demonstrate compliance consistent with their specific operations.
Under the RSNL all operators must specify how they will control the safety risks associated with their railway operations. They must also have procedures in place for monitoring, reviewing and revising the effectiveness of these controls.
Control assurance is an important part of risk management.
Put simply, it is a process that checks the controls you have are working and are being used by your rail safety workers.
This video provides further details of how tourist and heritage operators can understand and address control assurance within their specific operations.
ONRSR acknowledges that the Tourist and Heritage sector of the rail industry in Australia is diverse, both in the scope and nature of operations, but also when considering infrastructure and rolling stock assets, geographic location, the level of interaction with other operators, and the number and type of safety interfaces.
Each operator will have a unique SMS, depending on the nature and scope of their operations and although some hazards will exist across all operators, regardless of the scope of their operations, the risk and associated controls will vary accordingly.
Tourist & Heritage and smaller, less-complex operations are typically represented by some or all of the following criteria:
For a number of years, ONRSR has worked with the Tourist and Heritage sector and the Association of Tourist and Heritage Rail Australia (ATHRA), and engaged with stakeholders to educate and support the sector’s safety management system capacity - resulting in the development of a suite of SMS modules and templates to assist in SMS development.
It should be noted that the modules are not to replace existing safety management systems that are in place and working effectively. They are provided as a guide to smaller, less-complex operators who may require additional support in developing an appropriate SMS.
These modules provide information as to how the sector can customise and combine modules to develop a safety management system that is specific and appropriate to the scope and nature of their operations and accreditation.
Modules may contain:
A single module has been developed for each of the twenty-nine (29) SMS elements based on the principles of What and Why, How, Who and When.. All SMS Modules are available in a group listing via the side navigation link provided on this page.
There are two valuable resources which accompany the modules - also available via the side navigation links on this page:
Included in the suite of documents are a number of example templates and tools which individual operators are able to customise or edit to apply to their specific operation.
These are examples only and use of them is up to each organisation.