Rail industry leaders have endorsed the first industry wide strategy to drive further improvements in health and safety.
The strategy, Leading Health and Safety on Britain's – a strategy for working together, was developed by RSSB in consultation with the rest of the industry.
Launched at the Industry Health and Safety meeting, leaders have agreed the approach, which is designed to further improve safety performance and develop a more mature approach to health and wellbeing management
Despite significant performance improvements over the last 20 years, industry leaders agree there is scope to deliver significant improvements thereby cementing GB railway as the safest railway system in Europe. The strategy sets out a clear set of priorities and a framework for delivering change.
These include 12 specific risk priority areas, a number of these are specific to the workforce risk (for example: road driving, fatigue, workforce safety) and also targets some underlying areas of management to improve enhance safety of the rail workforce
Speaking at the event, RSSB Chief Executive Chris Fenton said:
This is a landmark day – RSSB has worked with the industry to provide the research, analysis and insight across the whole rail system to create this strategy. By support for this collaborative approach, and signposting the way ahead, we can all work towards delivering significant improvements in performance in health and safety across the GB rail network for passengers, workforce and the public.
Supporting the new strategy, Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways said:
This strategy signifies a substantial component of the rail industry's vision to improve health and safety, which will, in turn, contribute to improved efficiency and performance of Britain's railways. The collaborative efforts of rail industry leaders and experts is highly commendable, and demonstrates the importance they place in this strategy.
It now needs continued leadership and commitment to use this strategy to guide and shape industry groups, and organisations' delivery plans. I, and the ORR, look forward to seeing the progress and improvements it brings.