Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3)

The Risk Management Maturity Model helps the rail industry increase its capability in health and safety risk management.

The Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3) describes what excellent management capability would look like for key elements of an organisation’s health and safety management system. The model was developed by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), in collaboration with the rail industry. It is used by ORR Inspectors, and increasingly by duty holders, to understand their maturity in a number of business-critical areas. The model is a tool that helps assess an organisation’s ability to successfully manage health and safety risks. It can help identify areas for improvement and provide a benchmark for year on year comparison.

RM3 isn’t just about compliance and continuous improvement of your safety management system (SMS), it is about your organisation and how well the SMS is used. Organisational culture is a key enabler to successful health and safety management. RM3 can help your organisation determine and improve its maturity in this area. Best performing companies are those which have fully integrated both SMS into business processes and health and safety practices into their organisation’s culture.

RM3 is important to our members as it provides a common method to assess and share how effective organisations manage health and safety risk.

How RSSB supports RM3

The RM3 Governance Board comprises representatives from rail sector industry groups. RSSB is also a member of the RM3 Governance Board. Together we help to oversee the development of the RM3 model and a programme for supporting materials, advice and training.

RSSB offers a wide range of guidance, products and services that are specifically targeted to help organisations increase their effectiveness in the management of health & safety. You will find a selection of these referenced throughout the RM3 model. RSSB products and services that support RM3 are identified in our products and services guide.

Some of these products and services include:

  • A Safety culture toolkit to allow your organisation to better understand how your people perceive safety and your approach to health and safety management
  • A two-day Accident investigation training course has been developed to help you increase capability in investigating rail accidents
  • The RISQS supplier qualification scheme and its associated services are designed to helps buyers in the rail market ensure suppliers have the right competence and resources to consistently deliver to the right specification
  • Reporting systems to help you meet requirements to monitor your safety performance and consider where resources will be most effectively used to improve performance.
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