New Australian Cardiovascular Risk Calculator
A new Australian Cardiovascular Risk Calculator was launched recently and is now available. The risk level obtained for an individual when using the new calculator can vary compared to the old calculator.
The cardiac risk assessment tables and action levels for category 1 workers in the 2017 edition of the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers are based on the old risk calculator. For this reason it is important that when conducting a category 1 health assessment, that the old calculator continue to be used for the time being.
A new edition of the National Standard is expected to be published later this year or in early 2024.
A change to the Category 1 rail safety works fasting blood tests
A recent change to the Standard approved by the Infrastructure and Transport Senior Officials’ Committee means that requirements for Category 1 rail safety workers to have a fasting blood test for assessing diabetic and cardiac risk is removed. Recent developments in medical science allows blood testing for these conditions to be done without fasting.
The version of the Standard in the Download or buy a copy section below is the official version and will remain as such until the NTC’s current review activities have been completed.
The change in fasting blood tests is now part of the Standard, however is not currently included in the official version below. You can access the relevant pages of the Standard outlining the approved changes here.