We are currently reviewing these risk profile topic strategies and they will be replaced by a new strategic risk priorities document as soon as it is available.
Topics strategies identify our operational policy, strategic aims and potential work for ensuring that risks associated with topics are properly managed by duty holders.
They give us a focus on key issues for the control of catastrophic and other significant risks. The strategies are based on evidence and are risk assessed.
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Background to topic strategies
The strategies encompass all the railways for which we are is responsible under the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority for Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems) Regulations 2006, which includes heavy rail, light rail, metro systems, trams and heritage railways.
This work was completed while Her Majesty’s Rail Inspectorate (HMRI) was part of the Health and Safety Executive. HMRI transferred to the Office of Rail Regulation on 1 April 2006.
How did we select the topics?
The process started by identifying all significant hazards that could give rise to danger to public, passengers or workers. A list was drawn up using RSSB’s Safety Risk Model, expert opinion and knowledge from within the Inspectorate. 176 potential issues were identified (now called sub-topics). These were grouped into 14 topic areas.
Our long-term vision
We have a long-term vision which includes infrastructure controllers, operators, suppliers and funders working together to deliver a safe, high performing and efficient railway.
Over the 2006-09 period, our focus will be
- securing continuous and sustained improvement in safety, performance and customer service;
- pursuing relentless improvement in the industry’s efficiency and value for money; and
- (through these and other actions) enabling the railway to grow and develop to meet the requirements of funders and aspirations of stakeholders.
Please see the introduction to topic strategies for further information on the background, purpose, origins of the topic strategies and how they relate to the our corporate strategy.
The topic strategies are available as PDF documents to download or you can navigate to the page to see more detail.
Last updated: August 2011
- Employee Safety ( PDF 105 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy in securing reductions in risks to the safety of those working on the rail network in Great Britain.
- Command Control Signalling ( PDF 93 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy ensure duty holders control health and safety risks associated with railway command, control and signaling equipment. You can also find more information about train protection.
- Level Crossings ( PDF 92 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy of securing adequate control of safety risks at railway level crossings. More information can also be found in our level crossings section.
- Track, including switches and crossings ( PDF 120 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy for securing adequate control of risk from track, which includes plain line and switches and crossings (S&C), on railways.
- Health and Safety Management Systems and Risk Assessment – sets out our policy and strategy so that effective and robust health and safety management systems are embedded into the industry. More information can also be found about risk management and safety management systems. This strategy document is temporarily withdrawn while undergoing revision.
- Human Factors – sets out our policy and strategy ensuring that human factors are embedded into risk management systems in the industry. This strategy document is temporarily withdrawn while undergoing revision.
- Occupational Health ( PDF 56 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy for securing adequate management of occupational health risks and welfare of staff on the rail networks.
- Traction supply systems ( PDF 76 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy for ensuring safety of electrical traction supply systems.
- Railway Operations ( PDF 116 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy for tackling railway operation incidents such as passenger train incidents, operating irregularities, including signals passed at danger (SPADs); and non-passenger train incidents.
- Rolling stock ( PDF 81 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy for securing the control of rolling stock health and safety risks on the railway networks and tram systems.
- Route Crime ( PDF 81 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy for securing adequate control of risk arising from route crime on the rail network.
- Stations ( PDF 89 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy for ensuring safety in stations which includes emergency planning, overcrowding and slips, trips and falls. More information can also be found in station safety.
- Structures ( PDF 88 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy for securing adequate control of risk from structures, such as bridges and tunnels.
- Vehicle and animal incursion ( PDF 77 Kb) – sets out our policy and strategy policy and strategy for securing adequate control of risk arising from vehicles and animals getting access to the rail network.