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  Introduction and review of railway safety Download Course Brochure
  • Definitions and history
  • Taxonomy – how do you classify rail safety events?
  • Scope and application – prevention of serious incidents is what it is all about!

Sources of information about rail safety

  • Reviewing the best sources of knowledge on the subject
  • Railway Safety Principles, the ‘Blue Book’ and others
  • Industry groups and the part they can play
  • The common themes around rail safety – with participant input

Understanding current regulatory requirements

  • A detailed look at the legislation and supporting material
  • What you have to do to be 100% compliant
  • What is ‘So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable’ all about, plus worked examples
  • Why regulatory compliance should always be the minimum standard
  • What are some of the key standards that apply to rail safety?
  • Likely future trends in regulation

Case study 1

  • A look at how a rail incident unfolds, with history and latent causation
  • The complexity of incident causation – never simple
  • Why we cannot rely on human beings for incident prevention
  • Identify lessons learned – with attendee input

Rail safety management systems

  • The options
  • Examples and trends
  • How to ensure it is not just a paper exercise
  • What works and what doesn’t and the bottom line impact
  • Management of change – a key part of the whole picture
  • Is there a role for ‘Zero Harm’ in all this?

The role of safe working systems

  • Why there are so many
  • Move to a common set of rules
  • Basics of safe working, regardless of the network

Case study 2

  Activity: Identifying rail safety issues
  • Examining a rail safety incident
  • The systemic rail safety issues behind the incident
  • How the incident could have been prevented
  • Participants work through and produce their version of a safety assessment

Project safety management

  • A ‘cradle to grave’ approach
  • Minimum regulatory requirements for rail project safety management
  • A look at the ‘Yellow Book’ as possible best practice

Best practice 1

  • What is best practice in rail safety? Participant input
  • Where should we look for inspiration? How realistic is adopting approach of others?
  • How do we set about implementing best practice?
  • Evaluating who does it best – example 1 rail. How does this translate?

What is a risk profile?

  • Understanding just what a risk profile is
  • Why an accurate risk profile is essential to any rail organisation
  • How to go about producing a risk profile
  • Why you need a risk profile and how to use it

Case study 3

  Activity: Incident controls
  • Examining a rail safety incident
  • What elements of a rail safety management system are relevant to this incident?
  • Participants work through and produce effective controls

Best practice 2

  • Rail safety fundamentals are the same anywhere
  • The importance of lessons learned and learning from others
  • Evaluating who does it best – example 2 non-rail
  • Participants develop a plan to adopt the principles

Case study 4

  • A look at a high profile non-rail incident with lessons for rail
  • How the fundamentals of causation are often very similar
  • Learning from others misfortune – an essential part of the game – participant input


  • Participant activity to develop a plan to take away from the course
  • Presentation to the group
  • General discussion
  • Summary of the course
  Affirmation of the way forward – not just another course!
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