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The rail health and safety strategy – Leading Health and Safety on Britain's railway - has been developed by leaders of the rail industry to provide a framework for the collaborative improvement of health and safety performance on the railway.
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On Britain’s railway, everyone takes responsibility for health and wellbeing and benefits from doing so. Everyone, at all levels, will recognise their role in supporting better physical, mental and social health outcomes for people.
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The business of running trains means staff need to be able to manage the impact of large groups of people moving on and about the rail network. The onus is very much on individual behaviour in the station environment and the potential hazards they face.
If you build, operate, or maintain rolling stock or other railway vehicles, you are required by law to have a Safety Management System.
This page describes the legislative framework in which the rail industry operates, covering railway-specific regulations and some non-railway-specific regulations.
Human Factors concerns the optimisation of human performance in the workplace. It considers the working environment from a human-centred viewpoint, looking at the whole system and its influence on the way people behave and interact with the railway.
In the past, information on rolling stock has been held in two separate systems known as the Rolling Stock Library and the Rail Vehicle Records System. These are due to be replaced by one modern on-line system called R2.
The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) comprises of the European Train Control System, the Global System for Mobile communications – Railway, Traffic Management Systems and operating rules.
The Global System for Mobile communications – Railways (GSM-R) is being rolled out by a cross-industry programme. This technology has already replaced analogue radio systems used for driver to signaller communication in most of GB and will eventually replace all of them.
This page describes the latest learning on railway systems’ resilience to current and future weather and climate events emerging from RSSB’s ‘T1009 Tomorrow’s Railway and Climate Change Adaptation’ research programme.
Sustainable development means balancing economic, social and environmental aims, while taking a long-term view. Rail has some intrinsic advantages in this over other modes, but also faces important challenges.
Organisations with responsibilities for safety on the GB mainline railway system are required to consider and control the risk to passengers, the public and the workforce from changes being introduced.
From 4 June 2016, you will no longer be able to use Vehicle Acceptance Bodies (VABs)to verify engineering change to any rail vehicle (mainline or plant) as VABs will be closing and the old Railway Group Standard.
Industry could save £35m a year by working together to improve its arrangements for assuring the supply chain. How does an organisation ensure that its suppliers have the right competence and resources to deliver their products to their right specification?
The industry will develop an understanding of its exposure to all aspects of road risk through improved reporting and analysis. This will include both the direct safety performance associated with accidents, and the impact of road driving on fatigue at work.
Statistics show that Britain’s railways are among the safest in the world. One of the ways RSSB helps the industry push for improvement is by monitoring the learning that comes from near misses and accidents, both here and across the globe.
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