The FS SG is the cross-industry group dedicated to leading collaborative work on freight safety. It does this by:

  • providing stakeholder management and interactions on health, safety and wellbeing on behalf of RDG FB.
  • producing an annual report on progress against the freight charter, with the forward programme for the next 12 months.
  • taking an overview of the national risk profile for freight and providing guidance in developing mitigation strategies.
  • reviewing the top five risks using dashboard and scorecard reports associated with the Integrated Plan for Freight Safety (see below), including using the Precursor Indicator Model (PIM) and Safety Risk Model (SRM).
  • monitoring emerging risks through horizon scanning to inform mitigation plans. 
  • reviewing project delivery to understand the value added against the plan and lessons learnt.
  • inducting group members and agreed deputies to the aims and operation of the NFSG SG.
  • steering the National Freight Safety Group (NFSG) on the annual safety plan review.
  • leading on cross-industry benchmarking to understand risks and opportunities.
  • learning from high potential incidents.
  • reviewing the Rail Wellbeing Alliance outputs and considering how to incorporate these into plans and outputs.
  • discussing the opportunities and freight industry approach to new technologies to improve health and safety.


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

  • non-passenger train operators
  • infrastructure manager
  • RSSB.

Chair of committee: Geoff Spencer, RSSB
RSSB main representative: Dougie Hill