- Health & safety regulation
Health and safety regulation
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is the national health and safety authority for Britain's railways.
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Our inspectorate investigates breaches of health and safety legislation on the railways. This section contains details of recent major rail incidents and provides detail on how to report incidents to us.
The Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS) contain much of the safety regulation for railways and other guided transport modes. They also update the legal requirements for the management of safety critical work.
- ROGS – Provides an overview of the new legislation
- Safety approvals – how ORR will process applications for safety-related approvals required under Transport and Works Act Orders, Light Railway Act Orders and Private Acts of Parliament.
- Transition to ROGS – The transition period leading up to when ROGS was implemented.
- Safety Directive – Details about the initiative to have standard practices across Europe
- Interoperability – A European initiative to promote a single market in the rail sector by removing the technical problems involved in running trains between member states.
- Train driving licences and certificates – On 6 April 2010 the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010 came into force. This brings the requirement to hold a licence and certificate to drive a train into force between now and 2018.
- Rail vehicle accessibility – On 6 April 2010 the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010 came into force giving ORR new responsibilities for monitoring and enforcing compliance with regulations designed to improve accessibility for rail passengers.
We conduct inspections and audits to check that the rail industry has the management systems in place effectively controlling health and safety risks. We also target risk areas of particular concern under ‘mandatory inspection programmes’.
Our policy is to aim for firm but fair enforcement of health and safety law. Issuing enforcement notices and prosecuting duty holders are some of a range of tools at our disposal.
We provide on-site and written advice and guidance on how to comply with the law.
Safety information connected with infrastructure such as signals passed at danger (SPADs), stations, rolling stock and level crossings.
Our strategic aim is for occupational health management in the railway industry to reflect good practice. Our health programme has been developed to help the industry tackle health issues.
This committee has wide representation and includes all stakeholders from the rail industry which provides us with information about safety.
The Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1997 (the regulations) are currently under review as part of the Red Tape Challenge.
The Railway Safety Regulations 1999 are currently under review as part of the Red Tape Challenge.
Last updated: October 2013.