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Safeworking Rules and Procedures Updates, Effective Date: 12pm November 1, 2018

 

The PTA is constantly reviewing the Safeworking Rules and Procedures to identify opportunities for improvement and to improve safety. As part of this process various Rules have been amended or updated to provide clarification.

The latest set of updates will be introduced at 12:00pm, 1 November 2018.

To give people an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the changes prior to them coming into effect at on 1 November 2018, a copy of the updated Rules - Safeworking Rules and Procedures, Effective Date 1 November 2018, and the associated form, Work on Track Authority Form, Effective Date 1 November 2018, are now available, or you review the specific changes included in the update.

Changes outlined in this update

You can print out the changes in Safeworking Rules and Procedures Updates, effective date: 12pm November 1 2018, or review the changes here:


Key changes to the 3000 Series Rules (3001/3019)

Rule 3001 (Local Possession Authority - PPO)

  • Section 5: has been updated to allow points to be secured either by applying blocking facilities or a point’s clip.
  • Section 6: addition of route blocking and the ability to secure points to prevent unauthorised entry of Rail Traffic into the portion of track within the LPA limits.
  • Section 6.1: remove any reference to Track Closed Warning Device and Points clipped. Only Rail Clamped Stop Signs and Worksite Limit Signs will be considered Infield Protection.
  • Section 6.4: removal of the PO having the ability to arrange speed restrictions on the adjacent line to improve warning time.
  • Section 6.5.4: remove reference to “line” and replace with Danger Zone.
  • Section 6.5.4: removal of any reference to the Maintenance Representative ensuring the track is available for use.
  • Section 9: remove any reference to the PPO certifying the track as available for use.
  • Section 9: replace any reference to the word “track” with Danger Zone.
  • Work on Track Authority Form: has been updated to include some of the above changes.

Rule 3005 (Track Occupancy Authority- PO3)

  • Section 5: the inclusion of TOA Limits when describing the limits of Protection.
  • Removal of “Points clipped, if required” and replaced with “Points secured”.
  • Section 6: addition of route blocking and the ability to secure points to prevent unauthorised entry of Rail Traffic into the portion of track within the TOA limits.
  • Section 6.1: remove any reference to Track Closed Warning Device and Points clipped. Only Rail Clamped Stop Signs will be considered Infield Protection.
  • Section 6.3: is a new section which provides clarification on how a worksite less than 200m from the protecting signal needs to be protected.
  • Section 6.4: removal of the PO having the ability to arrange speed restrictions on the adjacent line to improve the warning time.
  • Section 8: has been updated to remove any reference to “track” and replaced with “Danger Zone”.
  • Section 8: remove any reference to the track being certified, the PO is responsible for confirming the rail traffic, workers and equipment are clear of the Danger Zone.
  • Work on Track Authority Form: has been updated to include some of the above changes.

Rule 3011 (Absolute Signal Blocking- PO2)

  • Section 5: remove reference to “where available” when securing points
  • Section 6.1: has been updated to include information on how a worksite that includes a terminal line is protected.
  • Section 6.4: the removal of the PO having the ability to arrange speed restrictions on the adjacent line to improve the warning time.

Rule 3013 (Lookout Working- PO1)

  • Section 3.1: The ICO will now be contacted when the Electronic Book on System fails, not Train Control.
  • Section 5.5: removal of any reference to “planned work”. This section will now apply to planned and unplanned work when using Lookout Working at night.
  • Section 5.6: the content of the warning box has been removed and included as a dot point.
  • Section 5.10: the removal of the PO having the ability to arrange speed restrictions on the adjacent line to improve the warning time.

Rule 3019 (Track Vehicles- RRV Operator)

  • Section 6.1: removal of the warning box “Only RRV’s with insulated axles are permitted to operate on the PTA Network”.

Procedure 9010 (Protecting Work from Rail traffic on Adjacent lines)

  • Section 3.4: removal of the Note box “Temporary Speed Restriction may be used to reduce the speed of Rail Traffic to ensure the correct sighting distance”.

Procedure 9020 (Using Standing Rail Traffic for Protection- Select PO2’s)

  • Section 3.2: additional dot point added to confirm how the Train is secured by Rail Traffic crew.
  • Section 3.3: additional dot point added to confirm how the PO or competent worker secures the Train.

Amendments to 1000 Series (1001 – 1004)

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1001
Description of change: Figure 3.1 – diagram has been updated to reflect new Stadium Station and remove reference to Brookfield Rail
Impacts: Does not change the application or intent of the Rule.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1001 (Section 5.3)
Description of change: Removal of reference to radios as being the primary means of communication with Train Control. Communication can be by phone, radio or other available means.
Impacts: No impact as communication to and from Train Control is currently by radio and or telephone.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1002 (Section 6.1)
Description of change: If the PTA Electronic Book on System (Staysafe) fails then the Infrastructure Control Officer (ICO) must be contacted, not Train Control.
Impacts: Individual Access (IA) and Protection Officers (PO) must now contact the ICO if the PTA Electronic Book On System fails.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1002 (Section 6.2)
Description of change: Section “Entering the Rail Corridor for unplanned work” has been removed. Section 6.1(above) includes Entering the Rail Corridor for work.
Impacts: IA’s and PO’s must use the PTA Electronic Book On System when entering the Rail Corridor; this applies to unplanned and planned work.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1003 (Section 2.1)
Description of change: If the PTA Electronic Book On System fails then the ICO must be contacted.
Impacts: IA’s and PO’s must now contact the ICO if the PTA Electronic Book On System fails.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1004 (Section 2)
Description of change: Clarification on what the minimum access requirements are for working in Depots, including the required track access level. 
Impacts: Provides clarification for minimum access requirements to work in Depots.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1004 (Section 2)
Description of change: Inclusion of the Induction that is required for work at stations or public access areas that will not encroach into the Danger Zone.
Impacts: This is a current requirement. Update supports current process.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1004 (Section 2)
Description of change: Replaced “De-Energised” with Isolated and a “Permit to Work has been issued”.
Impacts: Update supports current practice and aligns to Rule 2017.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1004 (Section 4)
Description of change: Clarification that an Exemption Certificate is only valid for one period of up to five days.
Impacts: Update provides clarification and supports current practice.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 1004 (Section 8)
Description of change: Removal of content that is already contained in a separate Procedure.
Impacts: No impact. The content that has been removed has not changed.


Amendments to 2000 Series (2001, 2015, 2017)

Rule or Procedure: Rule 2001 (Section 3.1)
Description of change: Section “Entering the Danger Zone for unplanned work” has been removed. The requirement to contact Train Control prior to entering the Danger Zone for unplanned work has been removed.
Impacts: IA’s and PO’s must use the PTA Electronic Book On System when entering the Rail Corridor; this applies to unplanned and planned work.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 2001 (section 5)
Description of change: Section “Advising Train Control when clear of the Danger Zone” has been removed. The requirement for workers to contact Train Control when clear of the Danger Zone for unplanned works has been removed.
Impacts: PO’s will use the PTA Electronic Book On System to log off when work is complete in the Danger Zone  and were nominated in other Rules contact Train Control to end or fulfil the Safeworking Form.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 2015 (Sections 9,11 and 13)
Description of change: Minor updates to reference Procedures that have been updated or made obsolete.
Impacts: Intent of the Procedures has not changed. Procedures are only applicable to select Signalling staff and Maintenance Representatives.

Rule or Procedure: Rule 2017 (Section 11)
Description of change: Reference to “each Crane can have only one PRES assigned as responsible for that crane” has been removed. Section 11 includes the requirements for vicinity forms which is not applicable to cranes.
Impacts: No impact as this change removes contradiction with Section 5.2 of Rule 2017.


Amendments to 4000 series (Rules 4017)

Rule or Procedure: Rule 4017 (Section 2)
Description of change: Minor correction. Reference to Rules 2027 and 2029 within the Rule have been corrected.
Impacts: No change to the intent of the Rule.


Amendments to 5000 series (Rules 5019)

Rule or Procedure: Rule 5019 (Sections 3.1 and 4)
Description of change: Reference to “wrong direction” has been removed as this is not applicable to this Rule.
Impacts: No change to the intent of the Rule.


Glossary Change

Definition: Person Responsible for Electrical Safety(PRES)
Description of change: Updated to remove any reference to Safety Instructions for the Electrified Area. Reference to Rule 2017 has been included.
Impacts: Does not impact the function of this role.

Definition: In-Field Protection
Description of change: Only Rail Clamped Stop Signs and Worksite Limits Signs will be recognised as In-Field Protection.
Impacts: No impact as this change is consistent with the definition of In-Field Protection.

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