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Safety assurance guidance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Safety Assurance guidance

Produced in response to concerns raised by the high-level Industry Safety Meeting and the requirements of the new Common Safety Method for Monitoring, the Safety Assurance guidance document is aimed at industry Heads of Safety. It applies a safety assurance model, based on the basic Plan -  Do - Check - Act safety management system model.  This guidance should assist the industry in improving safety assurance, particularly at the interface, and should lead to improved safety management and business effectiveness.

RSSB have also produced a ​​​Safety assurance guidance summary and the role of the senior manager document which summarises the aims and intentions of the guidance, with a focus on explaining your legal requirements, in addition to making the case for good safety assurance and explaining the role of the senior manager.

The Safety Assurance guidance document document contains many examples of good practices, checklists, templates and hyperlinks to other appropriate documents. One of these templates is the Shared Risk Register which should prove a useful tool in achieving a step-change in the management of interface risks.

This guidance is not intended to be read cover-to-cover and the introduction includes links to sections that may be relevant to different situations.

Safety assurance in the industry has three overlapping dimensions: assurance within a company, assurance across interfaces with one or more other companies, and assurance across the railway system. This structure of the guidance reflects this, as the guidance is supported by two other volumes.

Understanding the new Regulation on the Common Safety Method for monitoring

This explanatory document was issued to rail industry Heads of Safety in February 2013 to explain the Regulation which took effect in early June 2013.

Safety Assurance guidance – summary, and the role of the senior manager

RSSB has produced a short summary of the guidance, aimed at senior managers, with a focus on explaining legal requirements and making the case for good safety assurance​.

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