Safety Assurance Guidance

Good safety assurance, coupled with good SMS processes, can lead to better risk management, improved performance and reduced loss due to accidents.

The Safety Assurance Guidance document is aimed at industry Heads of Safety. It applies a safety assurance model, based on the basic Plan - Do - Check - Act safety management system model. This guidance should help you improve safety assurance and should lead to improved safety management and business effectiveness.

We have also produced a summary of the guidance for senior managers. It explains your legal requirements, makes the case for good safety assurance and explains the role of the senior manager.

The Safety Assurance Guidance document contains many examples of good practices, checklists, templates and hyperlinks to other appropriate documents. The guidance is not intended to be read cover-to-cover and the introduction includes links to sections that may be relevant to different situations.

Safety assurance in the industry has three overlapping dimensions: assurance within a company, assurance across interfaces with one or more other companies, and assurance across the railway system. This structure of the guidance reflects this and is supported by RSSB’s publication Understanding the Regulation on the Common Safety Method for Monitoring.

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