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Safety Management Information System (SMIS)

​​The Safety Management Information System, also known to many as ‘SMIS’, is currently the rail industry’s national database for recording safety-related events that occur on the rail network in Britain.

The current SMIS will ultimately be shut down as part of the SMIS+ programme​ to develop next generation safety reporting technology for the rail industry.

It will be replaced with the new Safety Management Intelligence System, also known as SMIS shortly, and will allow industry to fulfil all of the functions it currently performs on the current version of SMIS.

How do we get data into the current version of SMIS?

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 External link 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.

What is SMIS+?

​We are transforming safety reporting services to the rail industry, starting with an integration of SMIS and the Close Call system External link 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

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