Highlights from May 2021

Supporting Network Rail improve track worker safety. 

Following a series of accidents involving track workers, Network Rail is aiming to reduce the amount of maintenance carried out using unassisted lookout protection. We led a series of workshops to understand:

  • the safety risks from undertaking work using line blockages
  • the risk controls 
  • indicators to measure control effectiveness.

This work was well received by Network Rail’s Safety Task Force. 

Reviewing Network Rail’s change management process 

We carried out an independent review of Network Rail’s safety validation process for organisational change using the good practice framework from our Taking Safe Decisions resources. This supports Network Rail’s ongoing work to improve the robustness of its safety processes recommended by the RAIB report into track workers struck by a train at Margam. Rupert Lown, Network Rail’s Chief Health and Safety Officer confirmed that the work was very useful for the organisation.

Taking Safe Decisions provides guidance on good practice that are grounded in risk-based evidence. The Taking Safe Decisions framework outlines the stages in planning and decision making when contemplating a change.

Supporting our members through the pandemic

We enhanced our covid-19 transmission risk models to include the latest intelligence on new variants, vaccine uptake and vaccine effectiveness. 

We’ve also introduced scenario-based future forecasting and improved how our members can visualise and interact with the model to better understand local transmission risk. The latest outputs will be available soon via the Infection Risk page on our website.

Throughout the pandemic we have been developing and refining our Covid-19 passenger infection risk model to help rail understand, reduce and manage the impact of Covid-19 so passengers can make a return to rail.

I very much appreciated the work you did for TPE on the passenger transmission risk model. It’s come in very useful especially in our dealings with front line colleagues who like the fact we asked for expert opinion”.

Managing risk at the platform-train interface 

We worked with our members to develop a set of three platform-train interface (PTI) risk bowties. These have been endorsed by the industry’s PTI Working Group and published on the RSSB Bowtie hub. Bowties provide an intuitive framework for understanding threats to safety, the risk controls in place to manage them, and their effectiveness. The PTI bowties will be used to support the collaborative activity promoted through the Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway strategy to improve station risk and can be adapted for local application.

RSSB Bowtie hub

Provides information about how bowtie risk analysis can help you manage and improve safety risk. It hosts a library of models for you to use as a starting point when analysing various safety risk areas including PTI.

Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway

This health and safety strategy has been developed by leaders from rail. It sets out the challenges and activities which need collaborative approaches to deliver a better, safer and healthier railway across Great Britain.

really appreciate the work

Making our Safety Management Intelligence System (SMIS) easier and quicker to use

We have continued to make good progress on simplifying the data model and the forms that our members use to record safety events.

A total of 32 people from 20 member companies took part in User Acceptance Testing for reports relating to public behaviour and provided excellent feedback.

SMIS is the rail industry’s on-line health and safety reporting and business intelligence software. It provides the industry with rich evidence that it draws on to better understand risk and take safety-related decisions.

the new form is a lot easier to use and the guidance … was very helpful

Really happy with the new forms… a big thumbs up

What a difference that was to fill out. A bit like the personal accident form. I wasn’t a fan of that to start with, but it has definitely grown on me.

Evaluating health and safety performance for GB rail

We provided the ORR with analysis for its Chief Inspector’s annual report. RSSB is the trusted source of safety statistics for GB rail. Our 2020/21 Annual Health and Safety Report, published on 1 July 2021, provides a state-of-the-nation assessment of health and safety performance and reviews rail against the delivery of the Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway strategy.

Annual Health and Safety Report

The report combines the latest information on health and safety performance, operational learning, and risk reduction initiatives. It gives an overview of the progress in implementing the Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway strategy.

Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway

This health and safety strategy has been developed by leaders from rail. It sets out the challenges and activities which need collaborative approaches to deliver a better, safer and healthier railway across Great Britain.

Period 2 key metrics

Making it easier for our members to access the products and services they need

Making SMIS quicker and easier to use