SystemiQ was thrilled to be involved in the recent RiSSB Rail Safety conference in Sydney, which was successfully run as a hybrid online and onsite conference. There was a diverse range of presentations, covering safety innovation, fatigue management, asset management, safety culture and track worker safety. SystemiQ’s Allison McDonald presented alongside some other great speakers in the safety culture stream, where presenters discussed systems-focused approaches to safety culture, as a key component of organisational culture.
“In November, SystemiQ’s Allison McDonald delivered a presentation at the International Railway Safety Conference in Perth. The conference theme was “Innovation and Technology: Changing the Future of Rail Safety”, and presenters discussed new rail technology, the emerging challenges of human-system integration in automated systems, and how to build skills and competence in a more automated industry. Allison’s paper, “Re-thinking Competency Based Training” focused on the development of underlying competencies, and needs-based, data-driven training to develop resilient performance among future safety-critical workers.”
Many safety-critical industries are facing both the opportunities and challenges that come with rapid technology development and increasingly complex automated systems. Added to this, is the challenge posed by growing skills shortages across many safety-critical roles. Commercial pressures and skills shortages necessitate that training is expeditious and efficient, while remaining effective in building the competence required for safe operations. In this article, Allison McDonald discusses the role of Risk Based Training Needs Analysis in helping to meet some of these current industry challenges.