Under the provisions of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation (OHS legislation in Victoria) and Rail Safety National Law, Accredited Rail Organisations (ARO) are required to demonstrate safety due diligence. That is, to eliminate risks to health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable (SFAIRP), and if risks to health and safety cannot be reasonably eliminated, to reduce those risks SFAIRP.
Mere compliance with legislation and regulation does not make anything safe in reality. The laws of nature regarding rail safety issues need to be established then safely managed to the satisfaction of the law. Doing so in this order demonstrates SFAIRP safety due diligence.
This course will outline the paradigm shift from hazard-based risk management to the precautionary approach enshrined in the legislation.
We will also detail the process that will enable organisations to demonstrate safety due diligence in ways that are useful to engineers and designers so that senior decision makers can make diligent decisions.
7 March - 7 March
31 October - 31 October
This course will run on the following dates:
7 March 2024, 1pm – 4:15pm AEDT
31 July 2024, 9am – 12:15pm AEST
31 October 2024, 10am – 1:15pm AEDT
Registrations close three business days before the start of each session.
- Understand the legal duties of directors to demonstrate due diligence under the provisions of Rail Safety National Law and the Victorian OHS Act.
- Learn what constitutes due diligence under Australian High Court case (common) law.
- Determine what risk management technique(s) can be used to establish due diligence, and in which circumstances.
- Provide an understanding that legislative and regulatory compliance ≠ due diligence, especially for safety matters.
- Understand that, to demonstrate safety due diligence, the management of the laws of nature is always logically prior to the management of the laws of man.
- Understand how single line threat-barrier diagrams based on case law studies assist designers and decision-makers.
Is this course for you?
This course suits engineers across all disciplines, especially engineers involved in the rail industry.
Other relevant roles include:
- Project Managers
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Topics we'll cover
- Rail Safety National Law
- Victorian OHS Legislation including Criminal Manslaughter
- Acting as an expert witness
- ALARP vs SFAIRP
- Positively Demonstrating Safety Due Diligence
Gaye Francis is an experienced risk and due diligence engineer and project manager with a diverse range of project experience. She is also one of the directors of engineering firm, R2A.
Gaye has worked with both private and government clients across a wide range of industries, including road, rail, marine, mining, aviation and water. At R2A, Gaye is involved in all aspects of the practice and oversees the consulting stream.
She is passionate about sharing her expertise to help organisations minimise risk and maintain compliance with the law.
Richard Robinson BE BA MRSV FIEAust is Chairman of R2A Due Diligence Engineers.
Richard is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and an Honorary Fellow of the Australasian Marine Pilots Institute. Richard has degrees in Engineering (Monash University) and Philosophy (University of Melbourne). He is the principal author of Engineering Due Diligence (11th edition 2019) which is used as a text by a number of Australian Universities.
Richard was also a major contributor to the third revision of the Engineers Australia's safety case guideline.