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 10 March 2021
- CP6 LHSBR Roadmap endorsed
AIG reached a key milestone with the endorsement of its CP6 LHSBR Roadmap. The group agreed actions to move it forward. Sponsors and supporting volunteers stepped forward for each of the identified projects and have been tasked with providing a more detailed project outline by the end of April 2021.
- National Incident Reporting (NIR) online update
RSSB’s NIR Online project manager provided an update on the progress of the project, and outlined the envisaged project stages. AIG asked for a detailed description of the scope of work, indicative timescales, and an explanation for how it is to engage with industry, to be presented at the 12 May 2021 AIG meeting.
- Digital Competency
There was a facilitated discussion on the topic of Digital Competency. This topic was one of the work packages identified during the initial roadmap discussions.
- RAIB Cambrian Line Recommendations
Updates were provided on the RAIB Cambrian Line Recommendations 1 and 3 (Rec 1 & Rec 3). A series of podcasts have been recorded for Rec 3, and a Network Rail Safety Central page has been created. A project manager has been appointed for the Rail Industry Standard (RIS) project for Rec 1, and the project is progressing.
- RSSB support for AIG
Dr Emma Taylor, AIG Principal Strategy Implementation Manager, is moving to a new industry role. Alistair Kennedy has been brought in to progress the AIG roadmap and workplan whilst her replacement is being recruited. The AIG Chair thanked Emma for her contribution on behalf of the wider group.
Next meeting: 12 May 2021
Infrastructure Safety Leadership Group
The Infrastructure Safety Leadership Group last met on 25 March 2021.
- Plant/Objects Left on the Line
Greg Morse and Robert Sigrist (RSSB) provided SMIS data which indicated that occurrences of objects or plant left or incorrectly placed on the line is a recurring trend. The Train Accident Risk Group (TARG) has identified this as a specific risk. ISLG proposed to approach TARG to look at the potential for sharing information and experience.
- HS2 Health and Safety Passport Scheme
Steven Fink (HS2) gave an overview of HS2 and its associated Health & Safety Passport Scheme. ISLG felt this was a very positive initiative. They agreed that more frequent engagement between ISLG and HS2 would benefit both parties.
- Network Rail Balanced Scoreboard
Amerjit Thabel (Network Rail) provided updates on the Balanced Safety Scorecard and the associated data capture tools. ISLG welcomed the confirmation that contractors can now access their own dashboard.
- Network Rail Fair Culture Refresh Project
Emrys Warriner (Network Rail) provided a summary of work to revise the Fair Culture principles with a focus on ’education rather than survival’. Whilst most elements will not be mandated on the supply chain, they could be adopted if appropriate. ISLG saw this as a good improvement, and broadly agreed that it would be adopted by the supply chain.
- ISLG Road Risk Working Group
John Tidyman (TES200, and ISLG Deputy Chair) updated ISLG on the ISLG Road Risk Working Group. The recent survey had a 47% response, and John urged other members to complete this before the end of March 2021. John also highlighted the forthcoming LHSBR webinar, ’Using collaboration to drive effective occupational road risk management’ on 27 April 2021.
Next meeting: 27 May 2021.
National Freight Safety Group
The National Freight Safety Group last met on 6 April 2021
- 10 Incident factors
NFSG supports the use of the 10 incident factors when reporting incidents into SMIS. This is essential for generation and development of the freight sector scorecard. The reporting areas include recording of all events that occur both on Network Rail Infrastructure and privately owned infrastructure in order to enable the group’s strategic risk mitigation activities to be effectively delivered.
- SMIS data quality workshops
All FOCs were reminded to reinforce the requirements and importance of inputting data into SMIS and to encourage attendance to the forthcoming industry SMIS workshops. The first workshop will be held on 22 April 2021.
- SPADS and TPWS updates
NFSG was reminded to share the ‘Stepping up SPAD Campaign’ widely. The campaign highlights the increased risks of SPADS by the stepping up of the timetable as lockdown eases. A TPWS guidance document has been produced recommending the actions all FOCs should take following TPWS activations. This guidance has been endorsed by the NFSG. The TPWS guidance document will be circulated to freight duty holders to be embedded within their SMS. Future RFOG meetings will have a standard agenda item covering medium and high risk SPAD and TPWS activations. This will enable RFOG members to share SPAD investigation data and lessons learned to enable a cohesive collaborative approach for the freight sector directly linked to the SPAD Risk Sub-Groups.
- Network Rail SCO wagon loading risk management
NFSG members received a comprehensive update from the Chair of the ‘Rail Freight Derailment Prevention Working Group’ which highlighted their progress to date around WILD activation monitoring and RFID tag rollout to the wagon fleet. The discussions highlighted the need for continued collaboration with relevant stakeholders as part of the NFSG risk project work and development of a SCO risk mitigation plan for unevenly loaded wagons leaving Engineering worksites.
- Rail Wellbeing Alliance initiatives
The group was encouraged to promote and encourage their respective businesses to participate in the Wellbeing Wednesday initiatives via the RSSB. There are also opportunities to sponsor events in 2021. If any of the members would like to provide financial support, please contact Annette Edgington to feed back to the Rail Wellbeing Alliance Group.Next meeting: 6 July 201.
People on Trains and at Stations Risk Group
The People on Trains and at Stations Risk Group last met on 11 February 2021.
- Canterbury East, Coroner's conclusions
Coroner’s inquest conclusions from Canterbury East station were presented by Colin Clifton (SouthEastern). Industry learning points: poor understanding of electrocution risks; standard platform signs do not impact or explain risks of trespass and review warning signage and wayfinding across stations. PTSRG invite a presentation from the Effective Signage to Prevent Trespass group to illustrate industry activity so far.
- E-scooter risk
A presentation was given by Katy Haylett (RSSB) on e-scooters risk, illustrating the emerging risk and background. Section 15 of the Railway Byelaws can be used by operators to enforce not using e-scooters on stations and platforms. Collaboration with key stakeholders is ongoing with a view to providing a consistent message in the industry.
- Safety performance
Passenger numbers continue to be impacted by COVID and lockdowns. Overall harm to passengers and the public roughly matched the previous 3 quarters figures and are still not close to pre-COVID levels. PTI injuries are elevated as a percentage of all injuries, compared to pre-COVID levels. Assaults reported in SMIS are elevated (near pre-COVID levels), despite a reduced number of passengers.
- Terrazzo flooring
Paul Dunne (West Midlands Trains) attended PTSRG to give a presentation on Terrazzo flooring issues that illustrated numerous incidents related to the flooring, some resulting in relatively serious injuries and personal injury claims. Causes related to inclement weather leading to slippery surfaces on the concourse and platforms, plus the inability to temperature control the environment, particularly at platform level leading to the floor “sweating” in warmer months. The issues have been addressed so far through cleaning solutions, use of mats, re-laying or overlaying flooring, however, costs are significant. The group discussed options to capture further industry data. PTSRG will recommend research to understand management strategies and create best practice.Next meeting: 13 May 2021.
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 28 January 2021.
- Industry Sector Road Risk Maturity
The RRG is pleased to report the positive progress all the rail industry sectors are making to establish their road risk collaboration arrangements. Each of the industry sectors now has a senior leadership sponsor in place, a commitment to the ORRM Charter and a sector road risk working group to support collaboration, the sharing and the implementation of the Driving for Better Business programme (DfBB).
- Industry RRG Working Group (RRG WG)
A rail industry RRG Working Group (RRG WG) is being set up to deliver the LHSBR ORRM roadmap activities, and to support each of the rail sector road risk groups to deliver their road risk activity programmes. RRG representatives are requested to promote and encourage active participation in both the RRG-WG and their own sector road risk groups.
- Registration to the Association for Road Risk Management (ARRM)
ARRM is a membership organisation for professionals and organisations involved in work-related road safety and the management of occupational road risk, collaborating with other organisations to promote innovation and share best practice. ARRM works closely with RSSB and Highways England in a strategic partnership to help the rail industry to meet the LHSBR Occupational Road Risk Management (ORRM) strategic challenges. ARRM will be hosting a series of webinars over the course of 2021 covering ‘Managing Road Risk within the law during Covid-19’ and ‘Managing Driver Fatigue’. If you are involved in the management of occupational road risk or have been appointed as your company road risk champion for DfBB, membership of ARRM is encouraged, which is free until 31 March 2021.
- Data capture into Safety Management Intelligence System (SMIS)
The importance of reporting incidents into SMIS, conducting appropriate investigations and recording the resulting actions into SMIS was reiterated. However, the RRG wish to raise awareness of understanding as to when an incident should be reported. This is key to sharing learning and knowledge across the industry. Without the detailed insights, the ability to continue reducing occupational road risk becomes more difficult.
- Annual Rail Industry Road Safety Week 13 to 17 September 2021
he 2021 Annual Rail Industry Road Safety week will be held between 13 and 17 September 2021 themed around “Fit for the Road”. The theme will cover driver’s health and wellbeing, fatigue management and the road worthiness of vehicles. The Police and Fire Service will be supporting the week along with resources from DfBB and ARRM. The RRG will actively promote and support the rail industry sectors to promote road safety and ensure the week reaches the right people across the rail industry. The RRG WG will be involved in creating promotional material for the week as well as using its contacts to raise awareness.Next meeting: 6 May 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 9 February 2021.
- Review of TARG’s Risk Profile
The group reviewed the initial work on the revised risk profile, in comparison to their remit and current workplan. The group will be developing and validating this and confirming coverage with other industry activities and groups.
- Definition of TARG’s Data Essentials
TARG had a presentation from the Data Essentials team within RSSB on the work they are undertaking to improve insights from combining and analysing data to better manage safety. A subgroup of TARG will be created to help develop questions on behalf of industry on how topics around train accident risk can be covered by this work stream
- Review of TARG’s Revised Data Pack
The TARG risk analyst presented a revised data pack for the group to help better represent the risk areas which fall under TARG's remit. The aim of this is to better represent visually the data which TARG uses, ensure it covers the areas within TARGS remit and then guide and focus its industry leadership discussions.
- OPSRAM/TOSG Feedback
The group discussed feedback from recent OPSRAM's\TOSG's, this included seeking examples of collaborative working for removal of redundant stop car markers following the release of the new RIS and the frequency of occurrences of speeding through speed restricted areas. Examples of the former will be sought through other OPSRAM's/TOSG's and the latter will be raised through the task and finish group on over speeding.
- Alignment with TPSG
A presentation was made on the positive progress of the work on a train protection strategy for industry. The chair of TPSG attended TARG and will continue to do so, which will ensure this alignment and collaborative working continues around this topic.
Next meeting: 25 May 2021.
Trespass Risk Group
- Conference and Trade fair
A conference and first trade fair will take place on the 16 March 2021, showcasing the work that has been done over the last year on trespass mitigation. The group welcomed the news and will work together to make the most of it. The conference and first trade fair showcase great examples of good practice and new solutions to help the industry respond to the growing risk of trespass, including the response to the increasing number of trespassers with mental health issues, the new industry-wide risk assessment guidance plus emerging technology.
- Trespass Improvement Programme
The Trespass Improvement Programme is winding down at the end of March 2021, as per funding schedule, but activities will continue. Kathy Fucci was thanked for her work in making it a successful programme and ensuring the continuation of activities. The Trespass Road Map ensures the activities set out by industry are captured and will be updated accordingly.
- Suicide Trespass and Risk Behaviour Reduction (STaRR) Project
Nick Coad from Urban Control attended the meeting to present the Suicide Trespass and Risky Behaviour Reduction (STaRR) Project, which was supported by the group. The project aims to minimise disruption from antisocial behaviour using behaviour insights and new technology. A new behavioural framework has been developed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions in changing behaviour. Work continues to identify trial sites at a level crossing and a station platform end using lighting and speakers to detract from those wishing to trespass.
- Prosecution of Trespassers
A very enlightening presentation was provided by the BTP on prosecution of trespassers. The presentation provided concrete examples of BTP procedures and the results achieved. The group welcomed the reassurance that the information provided on offences being tracked and dealt with in a serious manner. More information and case studies on what BTP has done to address specific trespass including best practice can be found on the Case studies section of the dedicated trespass website. A link to the BTP report can be found here (SPARK login required).
- New Anti-Trespass Campaigns
A new summer adult campaign will take place focusing on raising awareness of the dangers present on the railway. Plus, a new film targeting the original You vs Train audience of 11-18 year olds, and their parents, will be launched on 16 March 2021. This continues the theme of showing the wider impacts of trespassing incidents – this time showing that a near-miss can have on train drivers. The new material will be pushed out on social media and the industry is asked to support in getting the anti-trespass message out.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 20 April 2021.
- Senior Leaders’ Event, 28 May 2021
RWA has issued invites to the Senior Leaders’ Event to about 150 industry directors. The event is by invitation only.
- Rail Wellbeing Live
Rail Wellbeing Live will take place on 17 and 18 November 2021 as we continue to improve health and wellbeing across the rail industry, for FREE. Attendees can expect fun, engaging and sometimes emotional virtual sessions from industry leaders and high-profile figures across health and wellbeing. We promise to be bigger and better than last year!
- New prototype resources for health cultures
The Healthy Cultures Group has developed a set of ‘plug and play’ resources to help the workforce eat better, move more, and feel well. They are grounded in behavioural science which shows that small changes over time, ongoing peer support and open conversations are most likely to lead to sustained change.
- Occupational Hygiene Strategy
The Occupational Hygiene Management Group have published an Occupational Hygiene Strategy. It will help organisations identify and manage health hazards effectively and develop a clearer picture of the industry's health risk profile. The strategy contains activities to help prevent exposure to key health hazards and associated occupational diseases such as those linked to exposures to hazardous fumes and dust, noise induced hearing loss, and hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). The group is developing a strategic deployment plan to support implementation of the strategy.
- Health Data
The Business Engagement and Measurement Group has published a set of cross-industry key performance indicators for health and wellbeing. This is the first step towards creating a shared health data system with a data dashboard that allows companies to benchmark against others. The Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has positioned this as a long-term cost-saving initiative for industry, highlighting that it ‘provides a basis for improving the quality of reporting and the availability of data whilst potentially reducing cost burdens’. Companies should contact Noodhir Sobun to get involved in phase 2.
The Health and Wellbeing Index (HWI) was developed in 2020 and has since been piloted with ‘real data’ to test out its properties. This testing has raised important considerations for implementation. The work to understand its application is underway. We hope to clarify all aspects of the HWI and how it can be used by rail operators by the end of August 2021. Organisations interested in introducing the HWI to their health management practices should contact RSSB to discuss how this delay may impact intended use.
- Rest facilities
RSSB has drafted a proposal to create guidance that can inform and facilitate the introduction of improvements to rest facilities for train drivers, particularly related to non-passenger trains.
Next meeting: 2 June 2021.
Business Engagement and Measurement Group
The Business Engagement and Measurement Group last met on 6 April 2021.
- Industry Health and Wellbeing Performance Measurement System
RSSB provided an update on project T1239. Attendees were encouraged to sign up to help develop a digital data sharing system and benchmarking.
- Composite Metrics for Monitoring and Prioritisation of Health and Wellbeing Conditions
RSSB is concluding testing of the new health and wellbeing index (HWI). It is processing data from ten companies that took part. We will share the final report once we have completed compatibility checks with the equivalent for safety (the fatalities and weighted injuries index).
- Health and Wellbeing surveys
Following up on the mental wellbeing survey, the group discussed how to best conduct industry surveys to monitor the health and wellbeing climate.
- Rail Wellbeing Live 2021
BEAM was given feedback from Rail Wellbeing Live 2020. The group were asked to provide ideas for this year’s event.
Next meeting: 6 July 2021.
Fatigue Coordination Group
The Fatigue Coordination Group last met on 16 April 2021.
- New fatigue subgroup chairs
FCG welcomed two new members. Phil Uzzell (Govia Thameslink Railway) is the new chair of the train operating companies fatigue working group (TOC FWG). Michael Jackson (Deutschebahn) is the new chair of the national freight safety group fatigue working group (NFSG FWG).
In the UK, Ramadan began on the evening of Monday 12 April 2021 and will end on the evening of 12 May 2021. Many rail companies have already issued communications to raise awareness and guidance for managers, who can support their staff to understand the significance of this time. They can point their colleagues towards guidance and make small adjustments where necessary. Further information can be found on SPARK and from Clockwork Research.
- The effects of shift work on health and wellbeing
FCG is taking a detailed look into the potential effects of shift work on health and wellbeing, focusing on scientific evidence.
- Rail Wellbeing Live 2021
Jenny Wilson (Network Rail) gave a presentation on Rail Wellbeing Live 2021 which will take place from 17-18 November. Registration will open on 1 September. FCG is beginning to plan its contribution to the 2021 event. The group’s main contribution to the 2020 event can be found here.
- Fatigue roadmap
The fatigue sub-groups have initiated new workstreams while continuing to progress existing ones. They are working on fair culture, line manager guidance, key performance indicators (including hours worked), health, on-call, and education.
Next meeting: 28 May 2021.
Healthy Cultures Group
The Healthy Cultures Group last met on 12 January 2021.
- T1209: observational analysis and stakeholder interviews are underway to research the influence of rail environment on health behaviours and employee wellbeing
Sally Wilson from the Institute of Employment Studies is leading this work with RSSB and gave an update on progress. Covid restrictions precluded fieldwork and a remote assessment tool has been developed which is providing robust data about the rail working environment. The observation and interviews phase is due to complete by the end of January with the project on schedule to deliver findings by end of Q1 2021.
- Resources have been developed to support engagement and frontline wellbeing
A modular approach to an industry-wide wellbeing champion training is being designed by RSSB. Development of this is next in the pipeline once the wellbeing resources above have been delivered.
- Wellbeing Champion Training is in design phase
A modular approach to an industry-wide wellbeing champion training is being designed by RSSB. Development of this is next in the pipeline once the wellbeing resources above have been delivered.
- 2021 Workplan has been reviewed
The group reviewed progress against the 4-year plan and agreed that the top 3 priorities continue to be: T1209 delivery and recommendation implementation, Wellbeing Champion Training and Type 2 Diabetes education and lifestyle support.
- Rail Wellbeing Live feedback reviewed
The group reviewed the performance statistics and comments from the 2020 event relevant to Healthy Cultures and started discussion around how to leverage this success in 2021 and ideas for future sessions.Next meeting: 20 April 2021.
Mental Wellbeing Group
The Mental Wellbeing Group last met on 7 April 2021.
- Peer support research has been deprioritised
The group had previously agreed research on peer support would be a priority for 2021/2022. However, in light of RSSB’s resourcing, work in this context has been moved to 2022/2023.
- Industry mental health charter in development
MWG is working on a rail mental health charter. The charter, which will support organisations in improving the mental wellbeing of their staff, is likely to be published over the next couple of months. .
- Trauma and work-related violence reporting remains limited
The most recent SMIS report on trauma and work-related violence continues to show evidence of underreporting. Limited reporting is a barrier to understanding and addressing the issue. MWG will explore strategies to improve reporting over the next months.Next meeting: 21 July 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 14 April 2021.
- Occupational Health in rail course
Trainers are contributing presentations and student learning resources to the occupational health (OH) in rail course. RSSB has secured site visits to give students opportunity to apply their learning to the operational railway.
OHAG hopes the course will be ready for the 2021/22 academic year. Planning will continue over the spring and summer to prepare for the first intake.
- Standardised medical fitness outcome statements
OHAG agreed that communication of medical fitness needs to be unambiguous and consistent, similarly to safety critical communications in front-line operations. The Rail Delivery Group and the Operations Standards Forum support one approach. OHAG felt it is useful, but it could be improved upon. The group suggested an alternate proposition for future discussion.
- Drugs and alcohol testing
RSSB gave a verbal update on the update to RIS-8070-TOM-Iss 1. OHAG discussed the purpose drugs and alcohol testing, and procedural matters around selecting employees for testing.
OHAG will continue to be involved in the update to the standard. It will consider whether additional guidance may be beneficial for industry.
- Colour vision testing for safety critical workers
RSSB recently published a knowledge review “Colour vision screening” (S352). OHAG were asked if the evidence base now supports a recommendation for the City University CAD test to be accepted as a secondary test for those employees who fail the Ishihara test, and if the medical fitness standards RIS3451 and GN3655 could be amended accordingly. The group felt unable to support the proposal as the CAD test has not been sufficiently validated for the GB railway environment and work tasks.
Next meeting: 7 July 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.