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    National Freight Safety Group

    The aim of the National Freight Safety Group (NFSG) is to facilitate the improvement of health and safety in the rail freight industry through managing system risk.

    Scope

    It will achieve this by doing the following:

    • Understanding the national risk profile for freight and developing strategies improving areas of concern and communicating issues to the route groups, multi-route groups and topic groups for action.
    • Obtaining verification that issues have been addressed and are being managed.
    • Providing an advisory function for the System Safety Review Group (SSRG)  and industry members that the risk associated with freight is being cooperatively addressed.
    • Reviewing the effectiveness of freight industry performance in managing risks.
    • Promoting and facilitating the management of risk collaboratively by the most appropriate means.
    • Ensuring the co-operative structure encompasses the whole of the freight railway system’s risk profile.
    • Identifying good practice and sharing it with the relevant groups & stakeholders.
    • Promoting improvements in co-operation amongst SMS duty holders.
    • Reviewing and challenging the effectiveness of the existing freight meetings to promote safety co-operation.
    • Introducing an assurance process into the active groups and the process of safety co-operation.
    • Sponsor and own research and development projects.
    • Understand legislation and regulation and the impacts on the industry of proposed changes to them from within the UK and Europe.
    • Horizon Scan: systematically examine potential threats and opportunities to detect early signs of potentially important developments and changes to the industry risk profile. 

    Message from the chair

    NFSG facilitates continuous improvement of health, safety, wellbeing and sustainability in the freight sector by cooperating and collaborating in managing system risk.  Our Freight Integrated Plan for Safety , which is aligned to Leading Health & Safety on Britain’s Railways strategy, focuses on the top risks for freight.  We are prioritising delivery against these, and promoting and facilitating risk management by sharing outputs with wider industry groups.

    Membership

    The group’s membership is made up of the following industry categories:

    • freight and other non-passenger train operators
    • infrastructure managers and owners
    • RSSB
    • Office of Rail and Road (observer).
    Chair of committee: Dougie Hill , Direct Rail Services Limited
    RSSB main representative: Phil Hibberd , Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
    Other Members
    Company
    Representing
    Other members
    Roy Howes
    GB Railfreight Limited
    Freight Operator
    Claire Peers
    Direct Rail Services Limited
    Freight Operator
    Neil Sime
    Victa Railfreight Limited
    Freight Operator
    Nicolas Edwards
    DB Cargo (UK) Limited
    Freight Operator
    Peter Williams
    Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
    Infrastructure Manager
    Phil Hibberd
    Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
    RSSB
    Stephanie Ferry
    Rail Operations (UK) Ltd
    Freight Operator
    Steve Rhymes
    Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
    Infrastructure Manager
    Stuart Anderson
    GB Railfreight Limited
    Freight Operator
    Kevin Johnson
    Freightliner Limited
    Freight Operator
    Greg Morse
    Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
    RSSB
    Radhika Kohli
    Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
    RSSB
    Craig Watson
    Direct Rail Services Limited
    Freight Operator
    Dougie Hill
    Direct Rail Services Limited
    Chair
    Annette Edgington
    Rail Operations (UK) Ltd
    Freight Operator
    Kevin Langley
    Victa Railfreight Limited
    Freight Operator
    Patrick Talbot
    Office of Rail and Road
    Office of Rail and Road
    Richard Dare
    Colas Rail Ltd
    Freight Operator
    Dean Duthie
    GB Railfreight Limited
    Freight Operator
    Marc Binney
    DB Cargo (UK) Limited
    Freight Operator
    Liesel von Metz
    Devon And Cornwall Railways Limited
    Freight Operator
    Caroline Meek
    Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
    Infrastructure Manager
    Do you need to get in touch with this group?
    Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
    Giselle De Castro
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