We manage SMIS on industry’s behalf, supporting the collection, analysis and sharing of information about a wide range of incidents, which are reported by our members, the individual rail companies. It has been in operation since 1997, and organisations such as Network Rail, the train and freight operators enter about 75,000 events into each year.
Incidents reported include fatalities and injuries to people while they are on the rail network, whether they’re a passenger, a member of the public or part of the workforce, as well as events which pose a risk such as signals passed at danger and derailments.
Various legal drivers and industry standards exist to ensure data from SMIS is accessible to all rail companies managing infrastructure or operating trains and that they report data into the system.
The current version of SMIS exists as a separate web-based service until it is replaced in December 2016
Marshalling the data for the whole railway in one system means that data is consistent and can be shared. Our members can use the information in SMIS to analyse risk, predict trends and focus activities on major areas of safety concern.
SMIS is also a valuable data source for RSSB itself and the cross-industry groups we manage, as the data can inform the development of shared solutions including standards, research, systems and schemes.
We produce regular safety performance reports summarising some of the key data and trends on a monthly, half-yearly and annual basis.
We are transforming safety reporting services to the rail industry, starting with an integration of SMIS and the
Close Call system into one system.
SMIS+ is a substantial programme of work which will affect anyone who has a role or interest in their organisation’s safety management system including reporting safety incidents, close calls, and tracking investigations.
For further information please contact the SMIS+ Programme team via email at