Latest Updates to Standards

Key updates in September 2019 focus on a review of safety critical communications and the Rule Book’s biannual update to the handbook and app.

Safety critical communications

RIS-8046-TOM issue one has been updated and was published on 7 September 2019. This year we’ve incorporated key findings from Safety Critical Communications – The Manual, published as part of RSSB research project T1078.

The project also merged RIS-8046-TOM, issue one, with Guidance Note, GEGN8516, issue one and updated the resulting RIS-8046-TOM with rationale and other guidance where appropriate.

Rule Book updates

New updates to the Rule Book (19-902) were published on 7 September 2019, and come into force on 7 December 2019. These modules and handbooks will be reissued:

  • Handbook 7 - General duties of a controller of site safety (COSS)
  • Handbook 9 - IWA or COSS setting up safe systems of work within possessions
  • Handbook 11 - Duties of the person in charge of the possession (PICOP)
  • Handbook 12 - Duties of the engineering supervisor (ES) or safe work leader (SWL) in a possession 
  • Module P2 - Working single and bi-directional lines by pilotman
  • Module S7 - Observing and obeying signalling indications. Train warning systems. Reporting signalling failures and irregularities
  • Module TS11 - Failure of, or work on, signalling equipment - signallers' regulations
  • Module TW1 - Preparation and movement of trains
  • Module TW8 - Level crossings - drivers' instructions 


Standards publication update - September 2019
Waynes Presentation
Standards Briefing - September 2019
Video presentation
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