To coincide with European Health & Safety Week, here is a summary of activities which RSSB is working on to improve health, safety and wellbeing in the industry.
The Health & Safety strategy is close to being finalised. The strategy – Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway – describes how the rail industry is organised to work together and manage health and safety. It will provide a focus for leadership in key areas, delivering benefits in health and safety performance across the industry. It sets out nine management capability areas and 12 priority risk areas where cross-industry actions will deliver strengthened management and understanding of health and safety risk.
To complement the strategy, the Health and Wellbeing team at RSSB has been supporting rail companies to better manage the health of their employees, by setting up a roadmap of activities to progress health and wellbeing. RSSB is setting up frameworks of leadership and support to maintain positive actions, and deliver the roadmap’s projects. There is an opportunity to learn more about this work and discuss it with RSSB’s health and wellbeing specialists at the Workforce Health and Wellbeing Conference on 3 November.
On behalf of the industry’s System Safety Risk Group, RSSB is also carrying out an industry-wide review of fatigue risk management practices and challenges, including three research projects on fatigue, which aim to provide tools and resources to help the industry in managing fatigue risk:
- Developing fitness for duty checks and predicting the likelihood of experiencing fatigue (T1082)
- Preparing rail industry guidance on bio-mathematical fatigue models (T1083)
- Preparing guidance on fatigue control options for first night shifts (T1084)
Last but not least, following the successful Work Related Road Driving Risk conference we ran with IOSH in March 2015, we are beginning to see an increase in awareness of road risk issues across the rail industry. We have published guidance on these issues, including clarifying SMIS reporting requirements which will help address the culture of under-reporting road traffic collision incidents.
Health and Wellbeing roadmap
Health and Wellbeing Conference 2015
Towards better reporting of incidents
Road traffic collisions: when to report injuries
Road driving risk