The Infrastructure Safety Leadership Group last met on 24 March 2022.
The key messages from the meeting were:
- Working in a High Street Environment
Helena Brennan, Network Rail, gave a brief overview of Level 2 and Level 3 standards for working in a high street environment. Two new standards – NR/L2/OHS/00130 ‘Creating a Site of Work Segregated from the Railway’ and NR/L3/OHS/005 ‘Design and Construction in a High Street Environment’, are aimed at making it easier for non-rail companies to work with Network Rail.
The group discussed the details of the standards. Questions raised by some of the members will be fed back to Helena. The consensus was that the standards will prove useful.
- The Electrical Safety Improvement Plan
Phil Doughty, Network Rail, delivered a presentation on the Electrical Safety Delivery (ESD) Programme, with a focus on single approach to isolations (SAI). To enable improvements in safety, SAI will deliver an electrical safety compliance framework, consolidated and standardised electrical safety working practices for overhead line (OLE), conductor rail, and high voltage (HV) distribution.
ISLG tracks the programmes incident data to support its management of the workforce electrocution risk. ISLG will also be hosting a webinar in April 2022 to help communicate and promote the programme outputs to the contracting community and the wider rail industry.
- Learning from Operational Experience
Greg Morse, RSSB, gave a presentation on accidents and incidents occurring in the reporting period. This led to a discussion on the need to be vigilant around objects being left on the line, vegetation work, and the verity of safe systems of work (SSoW) packs.
ISLG is committed to learning from the incidents highlighted, and details of the update will be fed into the strategy group’s review of workstreams and interventions.
Nick Millington, Network Rail, delivered an update on the work done to date to remove unassisted lookout working from the industry, and developments being made to enhance safe working on or near the line. It is essential that any relevant initiatives are available to the supply chain and the Safety Taskforce will continue to engage with ISLG and other supply chain communities.
- Health and Wellbeing Manager Competencies Framework
Sam Waters, RSSB, gave a presentation on the Health and Wellbeing Manager Competencies Framework which can be accessed via this link: Empowering Managers to Support Health and Wellbeing (rssb.co.uk)
ISLG members were encouraged to use the framework to conduct a mapping exercise to identify gaps in current practices and competencies within their companies, and to identify improvements that can be made.
Steven Graham, the ISLG Steering Group member with responsibility for road risk, asked if an ISLG road risk subgroup should be re-established. The consensus was that ISLG should be involved in road risk activities. Members interested in supporting road risk work, or with colleagues who would like to be involved, should email email@example.com.
Andrew Adams, ISLG Chair, and Ros Osawe, ISLG Assistant Strategy Implementation Manager, attended an introductory meeting with Najea Begum and Craig Spanswick, Network Rail, who are working on Network Rail’s initiative to tackle modern day slavery.
A presentation will be given at the ISLG meeting on 19 May 2022, and the ISLG Steering Group has agreed to consider how ISLG can support this work.
Next meeting: 19 May 2022
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