Issue 2 (2009) of the Duty of Cooperation Guide -
part 1 and
part 2 - provides an update on Issue 1 which was published in October 2007. It contains guidance to transport operators on inter-company managerial cooperative arrangements to facilitate compliance with Regulation 22 of
Railway and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS). Please note that as Issue 2 of this guide was issued in 2009, some of the Regulation and RGS references are out of date. It is currently being reviewed and will be replaced mid 2015.
The guide has been developed by RSSB's SMS Programme team, after wide industry consultation, to reflect the views of stakeholders and the many recent developments in systems and documentation for cooperation in safety management. It also contains an important new section on non-mainline operators with mainline interfaces, such as heritage and light railways.
The safe running of the system relies on transport operators sharing information and cooperating as necessary, with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) taking an overview as to whether the system is being run safely. ORR's foreword to the guide states: 'Effective cooperation is essential to the safety of the railway system as a whole, and the process for identifying and controlling interface risks is described in some detail in this guide. ORR recommends that all Railway Group transport operators follow this guidance.'
This guide aims to provide British
mainline transport operators with a summary of the inter-company
cooperative arrangements required to comply with Regulation 22 (Cooperation) of ROGS. It also covers issues relating to safety critical work in Regulation 26.
The guide should assist both in the
development and review of safety management systems.