What is SPAD risk ranking and how is it determined?
Key SPAD areas
Driving a train is a safety critical role that takes commitment, responsibility, and focus. You can take steps to reduce the risk of operational incidents, including managing your lifestyle outside of work, arriving to work prepared, and being aware of how you can improve in areas such as attention management and communication.
- Report: Managing SPAD risk in a period of change
- Document: SPAD Toolbox (driver-focussed techniques)
- Article: Cut your SPAD risk from home
- Article: Staying in 'the zone'
- Non-technical skills pages
- Risk Triggered Commentary
- Article: ‘Are you sure’ miscommunication and SPADs
- Article: Stepping Up SPAD Focus
- Article: Mitigating against empty coaching stock SPADs
Reviews of over 250 SPADs help pin-point the competence management issues and enables targeted improvements to be made. An article on competence development planning should help make sure your drivers are fully supported.
A recent review of SPAD risk underlines the importance of managing change and the need to avoid unintended consequences.
Article: Managing SPADs during operational and engineering change
Article: Improving Management of Multi-SPAD Signals
RIS: Appendix B - RIS-8040-TOM Iss 1- Low Adhesion between the Wheel and the Rail - Managing the Risk
Articles here look at the role others such as the signaller, dispatcher and guard in preventing SPADs. We have a look at the topic of spoken safety critical communications as this is a key skills across all operational roles.
Getting the most from your SPAD investigations is critical to changes being made that permanently reduces SPAD risk.
Well-managed and properly supported drivers are vital to how we manage SPAD risk. A fresh look at research and good practice around driver management will help us make sure that we can best support drivers to prevent SPADs and how to learn from them when they do happen.
This tool looks at SPAD management from several perspectives. Users can consider how the potential for SPADs are managed by the influence of driver managers, through competence management and during times of change, the impact of other operational roles and the actions of the driver, as well as tackling the causes of SPADs.