Welcome to RSSB's Safety Management System (SMS) guidance pages. RSSB has tools, guidance and expertise to help you develop your SMS to optimal effectiveness. This guidance is for those who need to put in place arrangements for managing health and safety, or those who have a responsibility for overseeing the arrangements.
Our guidance is presented in a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) management framework. This is a popular framework for managing occupational health and safety risks. We do not set prescriptive paths for SMSs because each organisation and its operational risks are unique. The SMS should be appropriate for the organisation's risks and fit for purpose. If an SMS is bespoke to the organisation, it will be more effective.
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Introduction to Safety Management System guidance
The Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS) introduced requirement for and content of the SMS. In basic terms, a SMS is a formal arrangement for managing, assuring, and improving safety.
How to use tools and techniques to monitor the effectiveness of Safety Management Systems and ensure continuous improvement. On these pages we also identify resources to support organisations benefit more from incident investigations.
Ongoing reviews of performance, taking actions on lessons learned, and making adjustments to the Safety Management System, are essential to keep the system effective. On these pages, tools that support organisations with these review processes are identified.
Leadership is a core element of a Safety Management System. Failure to include health and safety as a key business risk in board decisions can have catastrophic results. On these pages we highlight some excellent resources to support business leaders.