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Human Factors tools and resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​RSSB produces good practice documents and tools to support companies in managing their own human factors issues.

Human factors good practice guide

The second edition of the Human Factors good practice guide has been created for designers, suppliers, managers, supervisors, trainers, investigators, and health & safety staff who work in the railway industry. Its main aim is to answer the question 'what practical advice can a human factors approach offer to railway staff without requiring them to be experts in the subject?'

The answers are detailed enough to tell you what a human factors approach involves, why it's important, and what you can do with it.

A number of other human factors tools and resources are also available below.


Printed material

Other resources

Fatigue management resources

RSSB has published a ''Managing fatigue - a good practice guide'​ External link to help the industry to understand and comply with duties under the 'Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006' (as amended) (ROGS) - 'Regulation 25 – Fatigue' External link.  The guide complements the ORR's 'Managing Rail Staff Fatigue'External link (2012). 

The guide offers railway companies a practical illustration of how fatigue risks can be systematically managed to improve the health and safety of the workforce, and therefore railway operations.

The guide sets out the key elements of effective fatigue management and shows how these can be built into a company's overarching safety management system. This will help companies cut the costs associated with accidents and injuries, sickness, absenteeism and turnover due to poor fatigue management. It will also help satisfy a company's duty of care towards its employees and the public.

RSSB has also published a special topic report Fatigue and its contribution to railway incidents that presents an analysis of fatigue-related railway incidents. This analysis has shown that fatigue contributes to more incidents in the rail industry than we may be aware of and therefore indicates the importance of managing workforce fatigue. The report highlights benefits that can be derived and further developed from the continued use of the Incident Factor Classification System module and the recording of fatigue information in the industry’s Safety Management Information System.

Additional resources exist to help individuals and their managers manage fatigue:
  • 'Feeling Tired' resources comprise  a safety briefing presentation, trainers' and trainees' notes, and a leaflet with key points and tips to help individuals manage fatigue. A background document presenting further information about fatigue and shiftwork is also included
  • Coping with Shift Work & Fatigue: A good practice guide for drivers; describes the important factors that affect sleep and performance at work and suggests ways that individuals can maximise alertness
  • The Fatigue Index External link is a simple tool developed by the Health and Safety Executive to provide an assessment of short-term, daily fatigue, and cumulative fatigue risks associated with shift work.
  • Guidance External link for those responsible for managing the risks from fatigue associated with first night shifts.

Further information on fatigue is also available on the Opsweb section of this site for RSSB members.

CCTV toolkit

The CCTV toolkit provides guidance about how to design and apply effective CCTV technology and operations to particular work environments. For a copy, please contact us via the customer self-service portal External link or call us on 020 3142 5400. 

Safety critical rule compliance toolkit

The toolkit is contained in a downloadable zip file. This contains an executable (.exe) file that must be run to install the toolkit on your PC. You may need administrator rights to install this software.

Risk-based training needs analysis (RBTNA)

​We have developed a toolkit to support organisations completing the risk-based analysis of their training needs. This can help you to develop competence management systems.

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