Tackling operational risk with the new SMIS
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RSSB’s Professional Head of Rail Operations, Gary Portsmouth, has been explaining how the new Safety Management Intelligence System (SMIS) will help the rail industry to better manage train operations risk.

Writing in a blog for the RSSB website this week, Gary points out that while Britain’s railways have a broadly positive safety record, operational risk is still very real, with the potential to cause harm and disruption.

The new SMIS, which goes live on 5 December 2016, is set to offer companies a more intuitive and modern way of reporting and monitoring operational risk including incidents like signals passed at danger, collisions and derailments. 

The move forms part of the rail industry’s strategy to adopt next generation safety technology to enable it to to achieve the next step change in improving health and safety performance, and builds on the success of previous systems which have now run their course.

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