Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway
New for April 2020 – the strategy has been refreshed and re-published to set out a much clearer framework for the rail industry to work together to make a better, safer railway a reality.
Everyone has a role in helping the industry achieve its health and safety goals, so you should familiarise yourself with both the relevant parts of the refreshed strategy, and the collaborative work going on to move the industry forward.
We will be developing this area of the website so that you can keep in touch with what’s going on and how you can get involved. Do watch this space as we are set to provide a bigger profile for this work in the weeks ahead.
This includes developing much more collaboration on-line so that the rail industry can continue to address shared risks collectively during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The LHSBR Executive Advisory Group (LEAG) has been established to act on behalf of RSSB Board. It will monitor how the strategy is being implemented and provide accountability and support to System Safety Review Group (SSRG) and The Health and Wellbeing Policy Group (HWPG) and their related risk/subgroups. This all builds on the strategy’s previous versions since the launch of the original in 2016, and you can read the earlier progress reports below.
A bit about the strategy
Britain's railway system is one of the safest and most intensively used rail networks in the world. Our good safety performance has been achieved by highly competent people, by close cooperation between teams and companies, the adoption of advanced health and safety management systems, and the effective application of technology.
However, in some risk areas performance has deteriorated, and there are current concerns around operational risk, trespass, and workforce safety. There is also a stronger appreciation of the importance of health and wellbeing and the impact this has on safety and performance in the round.
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges to GB rail. As well as the health and wellbeing of the workforce, this also includes managing risk under more pressure, with less resource, or in the context of restrictions on people’s behaviour and movement.
The rail industry’s history and tried-and-tested approach of reporting and sharing information about safety events will feed into the approach. By joining in with shared data, analysis, R&D and the development of good practice, rail companies will be more efficient and consistent.
The strategy covers 12 risk areas:
- Workforce health and wellbeing
- Workforce safety
- Public behaviour
- Infrastructure asset integrity
- Work-related violence and assaults
- Station operations
- Occupational road risk management
- Train operations
- Level crossings
- Freight Derailment
- Fatigue risk management
- Rolling stock asset integrity
LHSBR also sets out priorities for improving our capability, structured around the five criteria groups from the Risk Management Maturity Model 2019 (RM3).
We will continue to publish a quarterly progress report, which includes safety performance data as well as details of what the industry is doing to meet the strategy’s aims and objectives.