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NSW Chapter Event: Rail Safety and SFAIRP – How to Get it Right, Every Time

August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST

Join the RTSA New South Wales Chapter for a presentation on SFAIRP with Ian Mash online at 12:00-1:00pm AEST on Thursday 5th August.

This presentation seeks to explore the context, use and pitfalls in the application of the principle underpinning the legislative duty to ensure safety, So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable (SFAIRP). The concept is neither new, nor difficult to understand, and significantly, is not difficult to demonstrate adequately. Despite SFAIRP having been an essential ingredient of the Work, Health and Safety (WH&S) and Rail Safety legislation in both Australia and New Zealand for a while, our industry often struggles to understand the activities required to meet the duty, and to acknowledge the inherent requirements to apply what one knows, or ought reasonably to know. Many in our industry have a strong view on SFAIRP, but not all necessarily understand it sufficiently to avoid barking up the wrong tree in delivering a safe railway. This presentation includes some worked examples (audience participation is optional!) to demonstrate that a robust, tabulated SFAIRP demonstration (rather than ambit claim) can be completed quickly, and relatively painlessly once the principles are mastered.


Ian Mash
Director, Assured Rail Projects Pty Ltd

Ian has been active in the system safety and regulatory in Australasia since 2004. Ian’s portfolio of successful projects mirrors the breadth of our industry: passenger, freight, light rail and infrastructure projects, from west to east coast of Australia, and reaches across the Tasman to NZ. Having established Assured Rail Projects in 2018, Ian has focused exclusively on this niche area of our industry. Ian is a Director of Assured Rail Projects, a Fellow and Council member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is a “dog person”.

Click here register on the Engineers Australia website.

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Railway Technical Society of Australasia
1300 653 113