HEADS OF WORKPLACE SAFETY AUTHORITIES APPROVE LOCOMOTIVE BOILER EXEMPTION

HEADS OF WORKPLACE SAFETY AUTHORITIES APPROVE CHANGES TO HIGH RISK WORK LICENCING REQUIRMENTS FOR STEAM LOCOMOTIVE OPERATIONS.

After 5 years hard work by ATHRA’s Training & Assessment Working Group, it seems that ATHRA has finally been able to convince the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) to major changes to the High Risk Work Licencing (HRWL) requirements for Steam Locomotive operations.

The HWSA meeting last week approved a letter to be sent to Safework Australia to approve the granting of an exemption from the need for all HRWLs relating to the operation of Steam Locomotives when these are operated under the Rail Safety National Law (which now effectively means ONRSR becomes the sole regulator in relation to Steam Locomotive operations)

The exemptions themselves will now be drafted and subject to the Safework Australia approval (maybe at their September meeting) then sent out to the state jurisdictions to be promulgated by way of Gazette.

There is not expected to be any major delay and the exemptions should be in place by the end of October 2020.

On behalf of ATHRA’s Members we would like to extend a huge thanks to the working group for the enormous effort and persistence in trying to get this over the line.  Special thanks also goes to Frank Hussey, Steve Deveson, and Graeme Hind for their hard work for the benefit of our members across Australia. We would also like to thank ONRSR for their support throughout the process.

Project leader Frank Hussey said “After 5 years this has been a case of the destination being more satisfying than the journey.”  Wow, what a journey for Frank and the team.  Well done gents.