The Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway (LHSBR) strategy brings the industry together to continually improve health and safety risk management and achieve the vision it has set out. Collaboration and sharing of knowledge through the risk groups will provide the greatest benefit to the industry as a whole.
LHSBR has identified 12 risk and 5 capability areas. To help the understanding and improvement of health and safety risk, industry has established a collaboration framework with national, sector, and regional arrangements.
At a national level, we have established cross-industry, risk groups focused on health and safety to lead and facilitate collaborative activity.
System Safety Risk Group and its subgroups consider the safety risks facing the industry. They lead the conversation on how these risks can be managed and mitigated.
System Safety Risk Group
The System Safety Risk Group last met on 3 March 2021.
- Re-formation of the Suicide Prevention Duty Holder Groups
The Suicide Prevention Duty Holders Group will become a programme board from 1 April 2021, with a more ‘overseer’ rather than ‘hands on’ role. The Rail Industry Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Group is currently being reviewed and will change to an advisory panel in Summer 2021.
RSSB and the Depot Working Group (DWG) have conducted a successful data deep dive exercise to better understand risks in depots. These insights will help develop a forward programme of work. DWG will collaborate with the National Freight Safety Group and the Trespass Risk Group where relevant.
- Workplace assaults
SSRG is concerned that although passenger numbers have decreased since the start of the pandemic, incidents of work-related violence have not. There has been a significant increase in spitting at and coughing on staff and youth offending, particularly when passengers have been challenged for not wearing masks. The Work-related Violence and Trauma Risk Group is sponsoring research into measures to prevent customer-on-staff violence in UK rail. It will determine the most promising workplace interventions for preventing and managing work-related violence. Publication is expected in May 2021.
- Safety data improvement
SSRG noted the value of trusted information to inform safety decisions. SMIS data is particularly important. SSRG discussed high level findings from RSSB’s 2020 assessment of SMIS data quality. The risk group Chairs agreed to review the data currently made available to their groups to ensure it is meeting their needs.
- Risk Awareness Training for schools
Rob Hattersley presented on 360 Skills for Life, which provides an online experience to teach learners, mainly primary school children, about risk awareness, including travel risk awareness. It offers opportunities to raise awareness of rail specific risks whilst also promoting rail travel. The partnership programme will be rolled out in Dorset in September 2021 with NHS funding and police support.
Next meeting: 16 June 2021.
Asset Integrity Group
The Asset Integrity Group last met on 8 July 2021
- Research and Development Funding
AIG was updated on relevant industry research and development activities and briefed on how to commission future research.
- Planned Changes to SMIS Reporting, the SRM, and PIM
Updates were given on plans for continuous improvement of the Safety Risk Model (SRM), the Precursor Indicator Model (PIM), and the Safety Management Intelligence System (SMIS). AIG was asked for its support and input into these activities.
- Progress Against the Cambrian Recommendations
Brian Tomlinson, Network Rail, provided a progress update on the projects addressing the RAIB report recommendations following the failure of the European Train Control System (ETCS) on the Cambrian line in 2017. The presentation included a resourced plan for a Rail Industry Standard (RIS), to deliver client-level guidance on procuring software-based safety critical systems.
- Enhancing Asset Integrity Monitoring
AIG was updated on work underway to enhance cross industry asset monitoring information, which includes a survey of asset integrity concerns. AIG members committed to engaging with the survey.
- Digital Competency
AIG endorsed a decision to merge work on the digital competency workstream with an existing Rail Technical Strategy (RTS) workstream to develop a digital competency framework. AIG requested further information on the specific requirements from AIG and how these should be best progressed in the joint project.
Next meeting: 8 September 2021
Infrastructure Safety Leadership Group
The Infrastructure Safety Leadership Group last met on 27th May 2021.
- Learning from Operational Experience - Line Blockage Irregularities involving Signaller Errors
Line blockage irregularities involving signaller errors continue to occur. The number of potential irregularities may increase as a consequence of reduced unassisted lookout working. ISLG will engage with Network Rail and SSRG to resume discussions on the subject.
- Learning from Operational Experience – Vehicle Incursions/Trolleys & Objects Left on the Line
Greg Morse (RSSB) reported on a recent train accident in Taiwan. A construction vehicle made an uncontrolled movement onto an open line and was hit by a passenger train, causing fatalities and injuries. ISLG linked the root causes of these types of incidents with trolleys and objects left on the line. This risk is shared between ISLG and the Train Accident Risk Group (TARG). ISLG may form a working group to focus on this, potentially as a joint exercise with TARG.
- Drug and Alcohol Testing
Rupert Lown (Network Rail) reported that the number of positive results from random drug and alcohol tests had increased threefold since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. ISLG was asked to note this trend, and to increase employee awareness of support available for those with drug/alcohol issues. Kris Jeffrey (Network Rail) discussed changes to Network Rail’s drug testing regime. Current legal and medical advice about the use of CBD oil and CBD vaping products is unclear. Unless there is a change in Government advice, rail workers should be advised to avoid using these products.
- ISLG Fatigue Working Group Update
Julian Hendon (Network Rail and ISLG FWG chair) reported on recent ISLG FWG activities and future focus. ISLG member companies are increasingly engaged. The group was reminded of the need to prepare for the October 2022 Network Rail Fatigue Standard compliance deadline. Compliance requires a different level of fatigue management compared to what is currently implemented across the industry.
- ISLG Delivery Manual
ISLG has endorsed the launch of ‘IS2LG - Infrastructure Safety and Sustainability Groups’. This new strategy document encompasses ISLG and the Rail Industry Sustainability Forum (RISF), and recognises the significant role played by both groups within the industry. ISLG and RISF will use a shared leadership style, processes, and measures to drive improvements in health, safety and sustainability.
Next meeting: 22 July 2021
Level Crossing Strategy Group
The Level Crossing Strategy Group last met on 1 July 2021
- Near Miss Data
Following a review of the near miss data at level crossings the group agreed that the increase in near miss event involving pedestrian at passive level crossings and road vehicle at automatic level crossings is of concern. Therefore, we have requested further review of the data to gain a better understanding of any possible trends in causality.
- Barrier Boom Extensions
Network Rail presented the R&D work into possible barrier boom extensions for Automatic Half Barrier Crossings hoped to deter barrier weaving. They also highlighted other work around improving barrier boom lighting that will improve visibility and bring up to the standard seen on other road infrastructure such as traffic lights, and road vehicles. We agreed that DfT need to be brought in to the project to enable authorisation of any changes to the level crossing barriers.;
- Beware the Bubble
Level Crossing Strategy Group (LCSG) endorsed Network Rail’s Distraction Campaign ‘Beware the Bubble’ and future education material updates. Members agreed to promote these materials which are available on Network Rail’s ‘Beware the bubble’ campaign resources page.;
- LHSBR Level Crossings Webinar
We received positive feedback on the LHSBR Level Crossings Webinar held on the 30 June 2021. The webinar promoted effective collaboration across all level crossing stakeholder groups, introduced ORR’s new Principles for Managing Level Crossing Safety and IPROW’s introduction to level crossing safety from a public rights of way perspective. We supported Network Rail, IPROW and ADEPT’s plans to re-brief their Memorandum of Understanding to their teams/members. We agreed to govern the work to create guidance material and training to improve understanding of legislation, roles and responsibilities as part of our roadmap.
National Freight Safety Group
The National Freight Safety Group last met on 6 July 2021
- RAIB Annual Safety Report Review
RAIB provided an overview of their Annual Safety report. The report highlighted important freight safety related themes including condition and maintenance of assets and infrastructure, competence levels of safety critical roles including the significance of non-technical skills. Safety Culture, leadership, and safety critical communications were also areas identified within the report and noted by NFSG. The report also covered the collaborative proactive work being carried out on the Condition of Freight Vehicles on the Network (CFVN) risk project.
- Freight Derailment Prevention Group
The group's update highlighted some positive progress in the following areas:
- Asymmetric loading has been monitored for just over three years. The group have seen significant reductions in the incidence of all types of imbalances, from 0.64% of freight vehicles in 2018/19 to 0.36% in 2020/21.
- LUCY (Look Up headCodes easilY) data has enabled the industry to identify specific loading issues and to monitor the effectiveness of improvements and hence enabled the improvement above. NR are committed to continue to develop and deliver improved data.
- CFVN Project
NFSG welcomed the excellent progress being made on the CFVN project. The data and information from the online train preparers survey, and the onsite fact-finding visits conducted by the FOCs is being analysed for the next step in the project team’s preparation of the programme and the development of risk mitigation initiatives.
- Road Risk Project
This project is at an advance stage in the group’s programme and a project close out report is being prepared to move it to a ‘business as usual’ status with FOCs carrying out on-going monitoring. The freight sector will continue to be represented at the Industry Road Risk forums.
- SPADS and TPWS
The Rail Freight Operators Group (RFOG) have developed a new freight procedure for the management of TPWS over-speed events. The procedure has been endorsed by NFSG and will provide a consistent approach for freight operating companies in the management of such events and incidents. ORR provided positive feedback and acknowledged the collaborative approach being taken during the recent RFOG meeting.Next meeting: 6 October 201.
People on Trains and at Stations Risk Group
The People on Trains and at Stations Risk Group last met on 3 February 2021.
Key messages - 13 May 2021
The key messages from the meeting were:
- Safety Performance
RSSB presented on industry safety performance in stations. Assaults to workforce remain disproportionately high, despite reduced passenger journeys. Risk from slips, trips and falls is the largest category within PTSRG’s remit. The group will discuss slips, trips and falls, and on-board train injuries, at the next meeting.
- Return to Service Campaign
RSSB hosted workshops to explore how the ‘Stepping up’ campaign could be developed for station roles. RSSB developed three posters and a guidance booklet to support station staff as passenger numbers increase, looking at:
- Return to service / railway getting busier
- Skills fade
- Anxiety and stress
PTSRG will comment on the draft materials, after which they will be published on the RSSB website.
- Eden Park
Network Rail, Rail Delivery Group (RDG), and RSSB updated PTSRG on activities to address the recommendations in RAIB’s Eden Park investigation.
- Network Rail is developing workbanks for DfT funding. This includes fitting tactiles, how stations will be prioritised and toolkits to support the works. Network Rail, DfT, RDG and RSSB are developing plans for appropriate updates to technical standards.
- RDG will hold workshops to gather information on how to better support visually impaired people on platforms where tactile surfaces have not yet been installed.
- TSSB has amended SMIS to better capture data needed to understand and manage the safety risks associated with disabled people travelling on the railway. The Platform Train Interface Risk Assessment Tool and associated guidance will be updated.
RDG has formed a cross-industry Eden Park Recommendations Working Group.
The increasing risk e-scooters pose to the railway was again discussed at the meeting. The PTSRG Chair will appeal for an amendment to the national station announcements to support consistent messaging on e-scooter use in stations.Date of next meeting: 02 September 2021.
Platform Train Interface Working Group
The Platform Train Interface Working Group last met on 26th May 2021.
- Eden Park
RSSB updated PTI-WG on activities to address the recommendations in RAIB’s Eden Park investigation. The group was positive about the coordinated approach and having a good overall view of the activities.
- Bow Ties
The group endorsed three PTI bow ties that RSSB created with input from members:
- Misstep or loss of balance
- Too close to platform edge
- Caught by train doors.
These will be published on this website. A bow tie good practice guide will be issued soon.
- Standards updates
RSSB presented updates to relevant Standards
- GEGN8615 ‘Guidance for the PRM NTSN’ has been approved and was published in June 2021.
- RIS-7016-INS and RIS-3703-TOM have had limited revision following Eden Park recommendations. Platform edge markings and tactiles has been removed from RIS-3703-TOM Appendix K, and included in RIS-7016-INS.
- GIRT7020, RIS-7016-INS and RIS-7700-INS are undergoing routine reviews.
- Defining safe and efficient guard-controlled door operation methods of working (T1257)
RSSB’s new research will take a systems approach, examining guard-controlled door operation and overall PTI risk. It will review how requirements, processes and standards are applied, and identify if or where time efficiencies are possible while maintaining safety. New on-train technologies (such as remote On-Train Data Recorder and CCTV) provide easier real-world analysis opportunities. Several group members volunteered to be involved.
Ratesetter+ seeks to understand how social distance alters passenger flow at PTI/stations, and what this means for service performance. Modelling suggests social distancing increases the risk of dwell delays. The overall impact is not large, but certain circumstances might cause significant local impacts. PTI-WG members will link their Performance Teams to the research.Next meeting: 15 September 2021
Rail Freight Operations Group
The Rail Freight Operations Group last met on 17 June 2021.
- SPADS & TPWS Lessons Learned
A list of SPADS and TPWS activations by FOCs was presented at the meeting for discussion and lessons learned. The group welcomed the new format which was commended by the ORR representative for its strong collaboration and willingness to share information which benefits the whole industry.
- Trespassing in the cab
A recent trespass incident occurred when a member of the public climbed a fence and gained access to the cab of a train left idling whilst unattended in a possession and pressed the emergency GSM-R button. The incident raised a question about the fact that historically, cabs are not locked when trains are left unmanned in possessions. RFOG advised that a risk assessment should be considered to manage this risk going forward.
- Rail Safety Week
RFOG members were encouraged to take part in the event, which will take place from 21 to 27 June 2021. Members were advised of several freight related items covered in RSW including the NFSG and its top five projects, Freight Trespass, the work of the SPAD Risk Subgroup and Freight End User collaboration.
- ETCS Project
RFOG is committed to continuing its on-going monitoring of the ETCS project and the wider implications on behalf of the freight community. Several concerns were raised, including the Network Rail proposal to carry out future ETCS deployments as ‘Renewals’, rather than ‘Network Change’, as this would impact the funding for future staff training. Another concern is the impact of Government announcement about the formation of Great British Railways and how this will affect the ETCS programme.
On a positive note, the Driver Training Modules will be presented for review at the end of June 2021.
- Collective Response from RFOG on the Sandy Overspeed Recommendations
RFOG are keen to engage with the work being led by Philippa Murphy, RSSB, relating to the Sandy Recommendations. Nicolas Edwards, Chair, will write a proposal on behalf of RFOG.
Input from the freight sector is welcome to enable RFOG to meet the following aims:
- To review the effectiveness of the current method of communicating ESRs
- Propose the use of GSM-R messaging for ESRs
- To propose the Anglia system Nationally for disseminating ESR information.
Next RFOG meeting: 16 September 2021
- SPADS & TPWS Lessons Learned
Risk Management Capability Group
The Risk Management Capability Group last met on 3 February 2021.
- Human Factors
A new Rail Industry Guidance Note Application of human factors within safety management systems will be published in March. RSSB has a range of training courses and activities to help embed it and has raised awareness through HF-focussed editions of RED and Right Track. RMCG reviewed proposals to support safety culture improvement, which has been identified as a causal factor in recent accidents
- Managing safety-related contacts from members of the public
RSSB is producing simple question-based guidance that operators can use to review their current process and practice. This is based on outputs from recently completed research, which was triggered by learning from the Sandilands tram derailment.
- Measuring health and wellbeing
We’ve nearly finished work on the enablers for improving data on employee health and wellbeing collection and developing effective key performance indicators. RSSB is also continuing to pilot the new Health and Wellbeing Index (HWI), which allows health outcomes of different conditions to be combined and compared on a like-for-like basis.
- Measuring safety
A new approach to categorising injuries and calculating Fatalities and Weighted Injuries (FWI) took effect on 21 January. This aligns injury categories with current legal reporting requirements. The new SMIS Personal Accident form went live on the same day. This is part of ongoing work to make SMIS quicker and easier to use and improve data quality.
- Taking Secure Decisions
There is no mature and commonly accepted method for assessing safety and security risk together, nor a combined set of legislative requirements. RMCG reviewed the current landscape and options to improve coordination and cooperation between the safety and security assessment processes. It will be progressed in co-ordination with others working in this space, including the Asset Integrity Group.Next meeting: TBC.
The Road Risk Group last met on 6 May 2021.
- Endorsement of the ORRM charter
The Occupational Road Risk Management (ORRM) charter has now been released, and RRG encourages organisations from all rail sectors to sign up. The Charter provides an opportunity for rail sector leaders to collaborate and has been developed as a common framework aligned with Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railways (LHSBR) ORRM collaboration arrangements. Further information on the charter can be found here.
- Road Risk Champions
RRG continues to encourage organisations to appoint road risk champions to drive employee engagement and support their businesses to improve their driving safety culture. Road risk champions act as a focal point, and are their organisation’s representative for Driving for Better Business (DfBB) and LHSBR road risk collaboration.
- Driving for Better Business
DfBB continues to produce materials to engage individuals and organisations in road risk, and to encourage learning, improve safety culture and reduce risk. The DfBB Rail Sector Gateway is scheduled to launch on 13 September 2021. This will include an online benchmarking tool to calculate how well an organisation is doing compared to others, and a gap analysis tool to show what actions can be taken.
- Project EDWARD
Project ‘Every Day Without a Road Death’ (EDWARD) continues to build on the success of the 2020 campaign. RRG encourages all parties to engage with the project by proposing rail industry projects and good practice that could be highlighted and promoted. The rail industry ‘Road Safety Week’ with RSSB will be held between 13 and 17 September 2021.
Next meeting: Thursday 26 August 2021.
SPAD Risk Subgroup
The SPAD Risk Subgroup last met on 16th April 2021.
- SPAD RSG Data Essentials Workstream
The group agreed to scope the questions for a ‘Data Essentials’ workstream, to understand the effect of the pandemic on SPAD numbers and SPAD risk.
- Personal Electronic Devices
SPAD RSG discussed the effect on operational risk of using Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) and company-issued devices in driving cabs. Members agreed that this is a complex and multi-facetted issue which impacts other LHSBR risk areas. As such, it requires escalating to other risk groups including TARG and SSRG.
- SPAD RSG Workplan
SPAD RSG agreed with the proposed workplan for the group over the next 12 months and the priorities assigned to those pieces of work.
- SPAD RSG Future Comms
To support the work plan above and to push the SPAD RSG projects to the front line of industry, SPAD RSG also agreed an outline list for future communications to help manage SPAD risk.
- Multi SPAD Guidance for Managers
SPAD RSG reviewed Multi SPAD guidance for managers and a SPAD management evaluation tool. Both of these are due to be published soon, and will be available on this website.
Next meeting: August 2021
Suicide Prevention Duty Holders Group
The Suicide Prevention Duty Holders Group last met on 13 January 2021.
- Suicide Prevention Programme Board
In relation to the SPDHG tactical review, the group discussed renaming themselves to The Suicide Prevention Programme Board and involving the stakeholder group, RISSG, further in the programme’s work. The change will enable the membership of RISSG to be fully utilised and take a more pro-active role in the aims and projects of the Suicide Prevention Programme Board. With a broad membership base from a variety of rail and related industry backgrounds, it is hoped that allowing them to become more immersed in the agenda setting procedure will lead to a broader scope of work and activities with a wider focus.
- Dissuasion campaign
Following a small piece of pracademic research in 2020, a Dissuasion campaign will be launching in March 2021 with a second phase planned for September, timed to coincide with the traditional suicide ‘peaks’ on the network. The campaign wishes to encourage help-seeking behaviour in people who may be struggling with their mental health, before they reach the stage of a suicidal crisis. Both individuals with lived experience and James Bannerman, the author of the pracademic research, have had input into the campaign. For this campaign a mental health focused charity, ‘Chasing the Stigma’, have been partnered with and their ‘Hub of Hope’ app will be promoted as part of the campaign. The Hub of Hope app allows users to find and access the support that they need in their local area. As well as a film and the usual printed collateral, the campaign will have a full toolkit available for use at stations.
- Suicide Prevention Roadmap
A framework document, known as the suicide prevention roadmap, has been drafted to outline how the industry should work together to make the railway a better and safer environment. The roadmap sets out the agreed collaborative activity, which has been identified to improve performance and address the strategic challenges faced by the industry. It is hoped that the roadmap will provide a guide to the work being planned, enable focus to be maintained on the activities and strategies and provide opportunities for collaboration.
- Suicidal activity during lockdown
The Group was provided with an update from British Transport Police (BTP) on the suicidal activity during the lockdown period. Overall, there have been less suicides this year than at the same point in the previous year, however it is too soon to speculate on the reasons for this. During the first national lockdown, there was a significant decrease in activity but once the restrictions were eased, incidents started to increase. It is very hard to predict the factors that influence suicidal activity but areas showing marked changes are being analysed to hopefully provide some insight into the reasons for the changes. No recent suicides show that there is a link to COVID-19, but this is being continually monitored. There is also an awareness of the potential for the economic outlook to affect suicide rates in the future.
- Samaritans intervention reporting
Samaritans informed the group that they have plans to create a standard approach to interventions reporting based on best practice from across the rail industry. To accompany this, a pilot study with Transport for Wales is taking place to investigate why some interventions do not get reported and to discover why other organisations are very successful at capturing and reporting the same data. It is hoped that the results of this pilot study will provide learning outcomes that can contribute to an industry-wide best practice going forward.Next meeting: TBC.
Train Accident Risk Group
The Train Accident Risk Group last met on 25 May 2021.
- SPAD Self-Evaluation Tool
TARG discussed the implementation of a beta version of the signals passed at danger (SPAD) self-evaluation tool. It was designed by the SPAD Risk Sub-Group to help members measure their SPAD management performance. East Midlands Railway used it in their recent SPAD strategy review and recommend its use. The Office of Rail and Road back the tool and its use to demonstrate criteria fulfilment in SPAD Management. A version of the tool will be available shortly on the SPAD RSG website.
- Introducing speed restrictions and driver compliance: close out
TARG reviewed the outstanding recommendations from project T1044. Most are covered by the Task and Finish Group drafting a ‘Bow Tie’ on over-speeds. The remainder will be taken to the next Network Rail Speeds Working Group to be closed out.
- Review of relationship with OPSRAMs and TOSGs
Since RIS-3704-TOM was published, TARG had developed its relationship with OPSRAMs and TOSGs to delivers benefits. TARG will hold a workshop in 2021 to bring together TARG and the OPSRAM / TOSG Chairs to discuss how the relationship can be further improved, and the potential impacts from the Williams/Shapps review.
- Turning Data into Intelligence: Objects on the line
TARG received a brief overview of the revised safety data report and the Data Essentials sprint into objects on the line, which highlighted areas needing further focus and analysis. These include collisions with trees, the impact of Covid-19 on vandalism events, ballast bags on the line and incursions from larger animals being prevalent in the morning peak. A summary of the findings and implications will be available shortly on the Data Essentials website. TARG will receive a more detailed presentation at the next meeting.
- Use of Personal Electronic Devices
TARG discussed the risk to safe operations from electronic devices, including wearable tech. This is a cross-industry risk. We need to better understand the scale of the issue and the change in technology since the previous research project (T904). The group agreed to take this to SSRG. TARG will scope out a proposed programme of work and communications.
Next meeting: 8 September 2021
Trespass Risk Group
The Trespass Risk Group last met on 11th May 2021
- Trespass levels are increasing
A combination of the usual peak during March/April school holidays and the easing of the lockdown has contributed to an increase in trespass incidents. The last quarter of 2020/21 had a 13.6% increase compared to last year’s quarter four figures. Significantly higher number of youth events also in the last quarter for 2020/21 with an increase of just over 50% compared to the previous year.
- British Transport Police are targeting the recent rise in CYP trespass
BTP have completed their quarterly audit of their Pickford Principles (children and young people (CYP) trespass). A deeper review found a higher occurrence of non-attendance on Friday’s and Saturday’s when calls for service are generally higher. There is a New CI for Disruption starting in June so this will form part of their plans to tackle this issue.
- SMIS Trespass Reporting
It is recognised that obtaining as many reports, with as much information as possible, from train drivers and other individuals who witness incidents of trespass is top priority (see the latest RED 59 on trespass which includes the rule book change and risk assessment process). This will allow better understanding and risk modelling of safety performance trends. The SMIS form for Public Behaviour is currently being simplified to aid improved reporting. What3words is available as a new field to record additional location data.
- Network Rail trespass campaigns
Network Rail are building on the success of previous years by continuing their campaigns to raise awareness of trespass risk and of assisting individuals who may be suffering with mental health difficulties. It is an unfortunate fact that funding has been cut by around 2/3rds, despite the relative amount being small compared to other costs, and the hundreds of millions of pounds worth of damage and loss arising from trespass and similar incidents. See the latest campaign: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/stories/there-is-always-hope/
- Office of Rail and Road trespass guidance
The ORR gave a comprehensive presentation covering available guidance to companies around their responsibilities to mitigate trespass. Some group members felt that a short, simple guide to the minimum physical protections, for example fences, is needed. ORR reminded the group of the Network Rail fencing standard (NR/L2/TRK/5100) which should be considered alongside a sufficient risk assessment. The existing guidance produced by ORR remains fit for purpose, however the content is being reviewed in light of previous correspondence with the industry. A regular agenda item on trespass risk assessment with ORR involvement will ensure discussions are carried forward in a proactive way.Next meeting: TBC
Rail Health and Wellbeing
The Rail Wellbeing Alliance and its subgroups consider the health and wellbeing risks facing the industry. They lead the conversation on how these risks can be managed and mitigated.
Rail Wellbeing Alliance
The Rail Wellbeing Alliance last met on 13 July 2021.
Getting the right health and wellbeing messages to the right people is vital to the Rail Wellbeing Alliance. We have diverse channels for different audiences. The RWA is finalising a booklet, that defines the vision and activities of our workstream. This will be distributed to a growing network of senior leaders, along with the Quarterly Senior Leaders’ Briefing. RWA has a dedicated LinkedIn group where our key messages will be posted to increase the reach of the messages. Action for senior leaders: join the RWA LinkedIn group and contact Christine.Kinloch@RSSB.CO.UK to be added to the RWA senior leaders’ network.<
- Rail Wellbeing Live 17 & 18 November 2021
Planning for Rail Wellbeing Live 2021 (RWL) is progressing well. All RWA groups must have an outline of contents for their sessions by 16 August 2021. Registrations for the event will be launched in early September. Action for senior leaders: To become a founding partner please contact Jenny.Wilson@networkrail.co.uk.
- Resourcing and Priorities
The workplan’s of the RWA groups are ambitious. Unfortunately, there are delays in delivery due to staff availability. The RWA identified that the health dashboards project was a strategic priority, underpinning all the workstreams. It was also agreed that the OH in rail training project and healthy cultures projects remained a priority. There may need to be a full review of the wider delivery plan to prioritise strategically across the workstreams if resource is not available.
- The Railway Mental Health Charter (RMHC)
The RMHC is a framework developed by L Woolcott-Ellis (Southeastern) with support from the Mental Wellbeing Group, that provides targeted actions and resources for improving mental health in rail companies, signalling commitments to mental wellbeing. It replaces the Time to Change initiative that has ended. Nine companies have already signed up to it. Action for senior leaders: sign your company up to the Rail Mental Health Charter.
- Fatigue Webinar
RSSB is hosting a Fatigue Risk Management webinar on 20 August 2021 at 11am. Fatigue is one of the 12 key risk areas in the Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway (LHSBR) strategy. Action for senior leaders: register for the event here LHSBR webinar series: Fatigue Risk Management Registration, Fri 20 Aug 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite.
Next meeting: 24 August 2021
Business Engagement and Measurement Group
The Business Engagement and Measurement Group last met on 6 July 2021.
- T1165 Health and Wellbeing Composite Metric
The HWI composite metric has been road tested and is complete. The supporting report for this work is now being drafted. This will be issued to the group for review. Lisa Regan provided the group with the key findings.
- T1259 Health and Wellbeing Performance Management System
Noodhir Sobun updated the group on the T1259 project, this is the second phase of a project to build and pilot a health and wellbeing dashboard. So far 10 companies have expressed an interest in participating and kick-off is planned for December 2021.
- Review of four-year plan
The group reviewed and updated the four-year plan against what has been achieved in the last year and their aspirations going forwards.
- Preparations for Rail Wellbeing Live
The group discussed the BEAM session being prepared for Rail Wellbeing Live and recognised the need to widen the appeal of the proposed content.
Next meeting: 28 September 2021.
Fatigue Coordination Group
The Fatigue Coordination Group last met on 16 July 2021.
- Rail Wellbeing Live 2021
Work on the fatigue contribution to the Rail Wellbeing Live 2021 event is progressing well. In addition to an industry spotlight session, the FCG will be providing input into two fatigue-focused evening sessions for night shift workers.
- LHSBR webinar on fatigue
The fatigue webinar will now take place on 20 August 2021 at 11am. This webinar is aimed at senior leaders on the railway, and is an opportunity hear about:
- Why effective management of fatigue is so important.
- The benefits of getting fatigue management right, and the consequences of getting it wrong.
- The role of senior leaders in managing fatigue risk.
- What businesses should expect to see in their business management systems for managing fatigue.
- Fatigue sub-group attendance
Fatigue subgroup Chairs expressed concern at the recent downward trend in attendance at fatigue subgroup meetings. This will be an agenda item at the next round of subgroup meetings to determine reasons and actions to be addressed.
Next meeting: September 2021
Healthy Cultures Group
The Healthy Cultures Group last met on 20 April 2021.
- Wellbeing Champion Training
The Wellbeing Champion Training course contains two modules that will include self-directed e-learning, two remote delivery sessions and a post training Q&A. The e-learning package will be launched at the end of July 2021. A pilot of the e-learning will be undertaken before it is launched.
- Wellbeing Framework Resources
The Wellbeing Framework Resources have been published on RSSB’s website and are available for use. Pilots will be taking place to determine if the resources work in various environments across the industry, from operational departments to office workers. One of the resources, Wellbeing Journeys, is a collection of videos, blogs, stories and articles from the industry’s workforce about overcoming or living with physical ill health. HCG requests if anyone has any suitable existing material, or would be willing to share their story, please contact N McMahon (RSSB).
- Effective implementation of behaviour change techniques to manage common health conditions in rail (T1209)
The report for this project will be completed by the end of May 2021. RSSB will develop good practice guidance once the report is complete, which will make clear how to implement the findings. RSSB is planning a cross-industry implementation workshop to share the report’s finding and good practice recommendations. The aim is to determine how to make this work in different sectors of the industry.Next meeting: 20 July 2021.
Mental Wellbeing Group
The Mental Wellbeing Group last met on 21 July 2021.
- Publication of the mental health survey has been delayed
Due to unforeseen resourcing limitations, this project has been delayed, with publication now expected in early November.
- RSSB will develop a new project using the mental health survey data
In a new project, due to start in the fall, RSSB will directly support three to four rail companies in improving mental wellbeing through data driven decision making. The project is expected to generate learning and good practice for the wider industry. For more information on the project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgNext meeting: 13 October 2021.
Musculoskeletal Disorder Group
Key Messages - 27 April 2021
The key messages from the meeting were:
- Health and Wellbeing Manager Competencies Framework
This work has been approved by RSSB and is due to begin late July 2021. It will identify the common management principles that exist for mental and musculoskeletal health, and develop a manager competencies framework for health and wellbeing. It will produce guidance, a briefing document and implementation case study. MSDG have agreed to be the steering group for this work.
- Musculoskeletal disorders policy
Alyna Jones (Southeastern) presented the internal musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) policy that Southeastern created following an ORR recommendation. The MSDs policy covers how MSDs may occur in the workplace, risk prevention and management. It outlines the responsibilities of those involved within an organisation. MSDG agreed the work is useful, and that they should progress it. MSDG will develop it into a generic template for MSDs policy, and make Southeastern a case study on RSSB’s MSDG web page.
- MSD case studies
MSDG agreed a template to collect MSD case studies to put on RSSB’s MSDG web page. The first case study was developed with Network Rail. MSDG agreed that the level of information was fit for purpose. The group has agreed to be the first point of contact for RSSB’s technical lead to capture more case studies using this template.
- Rail Wellbeing Live 2021
The feedback from Rail Wellbeing Live indicated that attendees want to see more practical tools and learning, and for this to be presented in bitesize. The MDSG Chair, Sponsor and RSSB’s technical lead will meet to develop MDSG’s approach for this year’s event.Next meeting: 27 July 2021.
Occupational Health Advisory Group
The Occupational Health Advisory Group last met on 7 July 2021.
- Testing Railway Safety Critical Workers for Drugs and Alcohol
The standard RIS-8070-TOM on the Testing of Railway Safety Critical Workers for Drugs and Alcohol is currently being revised. Anyone can comment on the revision during the consultation period (anticipated to be between 13 September to 08 October 2021). It was agreed that OHAG will provide a collective response to the consultation which RSSB will coordinate.
- Review of the Medical Fitness Standards
The review of the medical fitness standards is planned for this year (schedule tbc). It was agreed that OHAG will be engaged with the revision during the drafting stage, rather than at consultation.
OHAG have received feedback from the Traffic Operation and Management Standards Committee (TOM SC) that an alternative to the Ishihara test will need to be explored as part of the review of the medical fitness standards.
- Reporting health outcomes following a Medical Fitness Standard Assessment
Dr David Shackleton shared a process for transparently demonstrating and communicating how a medical outcome was reached. The group supported the process. The specific language used (e.g. F1, F2, U1 & U2) depends on the local organisational policy. OHAG is considering how the proposed process can be shared with industry, potentially with a recommendation for companies to align with.
- OH in Rail Training
There are delays to the development of the training due to the availability of volunteers and wider resourcing issues. However, a revised schedule and options for additional resources are being considered. Various course delivery methods were discussed and OHAG agreed that it was important for the cost not to be a barrier to uptake. OHAG members also agreed that an RSSB certificate outlining how many hours of CPD the course covers would be optimal for delegates.
Next meeting: 29 September 2021
Occupational Hygiene Management Group
Key messages - 28 April
The key messages from the meeting were:
- Links to the Rail Wellbeing Alliance
The defined links between the RWA and the OHMG through regular updates and knowledge sharing shows that we are clearly aligned with our current focus, approach and strategy. This close working relationship also affords the opportunity for support and positive feedback.
Communications is essential to the successful deployment of the Occupational Hygiene Strategy. Building on the knowledge and experience of the communications subject matter experts cannot be underestimated, this is demonstrated through their previous experiences developing the LHSBR materials for engagement.
- Strategy Workshop
The occupational hygiene strategy workshop was a success and clearly communicated a readiness from the industry for the deployment of the strategy. This has created an appetite for change, through our strategy and deployment plan we will deliver the recipe for the main meal.
- Strategy Deployment Plan
The development of a strategic deployment plan will provide a roadmap for the OHMG to support our industry to implement changes to improve Occupational Hygiene through intelligent initiatives and programmes, further protecting long term worker health.Next meeting: 04 August 2021.
Most of these groups are managed and hosted by RSSB, with meetings generally being held quarterly. Membership of each specialist risk group comprises a cross-section of industry with expertise relevant to the group’s remit. Members are listed on the relevant group pages along with details of how to contact the groups.