Rolling stock fire safety – Australian practice in the global context

Approaches taken in the specification of rolling stock fire safety design solutions vary greatly around the globe. The approaches taken differ not only across types of rolling stock but also in the overall level of fire safety provided. In respect to passenger rolling stock, the vehicle fire safety solution is one part of a greater package of measures required to ensure fire safety for the rail system. In some jurisdictions there is a preference for elevating rolling stock fire safety levels as part of the whole of rail system solution. The European Rail Agency, for example, favours the use of preventative rolling stock fire safety measures over mitigating fire safety measures applied to the rail infrastructure. Similarly, many of East and South East Asia’s leading metro operators also mandate a very high level of rolling stock fire safety to ensure they deliver their intended level of fire safety across the greater rail system. This paper reviews these and other approaches taken globally for rolling stock fire safety design and comments on how these compare to that defined within Australia’s latest Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) standard, AS 7529. The four part standard represents Australia’s first ever set of national, harmonised requirements and leverages best practice from Europe, within an Australian specific performance based framework. This review demonstrates the holistic nature of the RISSB standard, and illustrates how it will benefit the Australian rail industry by providing an excellent tool for managing the safety, asset damage and service disruption risks that rolling stock fires pose.

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  • Pagination: 10p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2016, Rail - moving the economy forward, 21-23 November 2016, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01636967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 30 2017 3:33PM