Safety bulletins are published by ONRSR periodically and are designed to focus on areas of rail safety concern. Bulletins provide detail on specific safety topics, share information between the regulator and the rail industry, and identify positive steps to enhance rail safety.
- Safety Bulletin: ATSB investigation report findings on use of bio-mathematical models of human fatigue – learnings for the rail industry
15 December 2017
An ATSB-identified limitation of use of the bio-mathematical model FAID has relevance to the rail industry.
- Safety Bulletin: Accreditation scope
14 December 2017
ONRSR is reminding all rail transport operators of the fundamental safety risk posed by either deliberately or unintentionally working outside the scope of accreditation.
- Safety Bulletin: Loading irregularities
13 December 2017
A recent noticeable trend of loading irregularities among freight operators is cause for concern.
- Technical Review: Wheel Failure Incidents and Other Data in the Hunter Valley: 2013–2015
4 October 2017
A review of the metallurgical and associated factors covering eight wheel failure incidents, issued for the benefit of like-for-like railways.
- Safety Bulletin: Compliance auditing of contractors and other duty-holders
5 July 2017
Contractors are reminded that design companies must follow a robust process and ensure that signalling designs are rigorously tested and commissioned before being made operational.
- Safety Bulletin: Labour hire and fatigue management – the pitfalls for operators
3 July 2017
Expectations of clear, agreed processes for the monitoring of fatigue between operators and their contractors and/or labour hire companies.
- Safety Bulletin: ONRSR Road Rail Vehicle National Project – Human Factors Observations
4 April 2017
Sets out ONRSR's road rail vehicle (RRV) human factors observations and analyses.
- Safety Bulletin: Preventing unbraked runaways of permanently coupled wagons with shared braking platforms
11 November 2014
The ONRSR is concerned about the risk of permanently coupled pairs of freight wagons, which share a braking system, becoming uncoupled and resulting in a runaway. Rail operators are expected to reassess the risk/s associated with permanently coupled wagons and consider additional measures to mitigate these risks.
- Safety Bulletin: An emerging issue: 'shattered rim' wheel defects
30 June 2014
Australian rail operators may need to review and revise risk registers to manage the hazards associated with ‘shattered rim’ following two recent incidents, which may be indicators of a larger safety issue for the industry.