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Rail Engineering & Design Safety Management (EDSM)
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Rail Engineering & Design Safety Management (EDSM)

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the principles and language of EDSM.
  • Appreciate risk in the context of railway design and safety management
  • Describe how design and the safety lifecycle interact and influence each other
  • Appreciate how current best practice in safety standards (particularly the latest EN50126) pull the topic together
  • Understand the need for a risk-based system engineering lifecycle approach to enable built-in safety, value and performance
  • Understand how to review case studies to understand the potential for things to go wrong on the railway
  • Understand the complexity of railway accidents
  • Help understanding of practical risk management skills
  • Discover relevant standards and illustrate how risks in general should be managed
  • Relate current best practice including safety standards such as EN50126 Identify hazards, assess risks and understand risk assessment and its approaches
  • demonstration of SFAIRP and compliance
  • A detailed look at the SFAIRP principle and other Risk Acceptance criteria from around the world including compliance with standards, comparable systems and formal risk assessment
  • Understand safety – management systems, organisation issues, acceptance/approval process
  • Identify and mitigate Security issues from Cyber Threats
  • Understand how safety and reliability interact
  • Relate to the complexities of Railway systems engineering and integration
  • Appreciate the railway context now and in the new Digital railway

About the Course

  • This 3-day course provides engineers, managers and others involved in safety-related projects with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of EDSM supported by a competency-based structure.
  • The opening module provides background to EDSM and a brief overview of its application in the railway drawing upon best practice. The next modules introduce a number of EDSM fundamentals and the approach suggested by good practice and standards for putting them into place.
  • Comprehensive guidance on implementing safe work systems in the railway is provided and all participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the main techniques involved.
  • The course content is mapped to:
    o Industry standard competencies, skills and evidence requirements relevant to rail safety work (see our website for details)
    o Industry regulations
    o National and international standards
  • Information is interspersed with practical exercises. There is a short multiple-choice examination at the end to assess the identified learning outcomes.

Who should enroll?

Any member of staff – decision makers, project managers, line managers, engineers, designers and others – involved with changes to the railway need an understanding of the latest best practice. The course provides a structured and robust approach to managing complex railway projects safely that is aligned with the LATEST CENELEC standard EN50126-1/2:2017, EN50129:2018 and EN50128:2011 and AS4292.2006 for infrastructure, rolling stock, hardware and software.

Level: Fundamental Recommended Pre-requisites
Participants should have a general understanding of engineering and project management principles and practice.


“Over the years I have attended many training courses provided by [Informa Corporate Learning]. I have always found the course content to be relevant and accurate and the course facilitators to be leaders in their field.”
Analyst, Eni Australia Ltd

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Course Outline

Module 1

  • Introduction to EDSM & Acronyms
  • Understanding risk
  • Module 3. Examples of engineering and design safety risk in rail
  • Intro to EN50126-1/2:2017

Module 2

  • Case studies of accidents related to design
    Learning from the mistakes of others:
  • Accident case study: Detailed case study caused by design errors and inadequate EDSM

Module 3

  • Standards for engineering safety
  • Software and Electronics hardware and EN50128:2011 and EN50129:2017 and SIL Concepts. EN50155, EN506575
  • Identify, Assessing and Mitigating risk
  • Reliability and Maintainability (RAM), Verification and Validation (V&V)

Module 4

  • What does legislation say about rail design/engineering safety risk?
  • Demonstration of SFAIRP and compliance
  • Case study: A practical application of the concept of SFAIRP

Module 5

  • Initiating EDSM
  • Safety management systems and quality management
  • Safety organisational issues
  • Safety acceptance and approval processes
  • New Material – Security form Cyber Threats

Module 6

  • Railway systems engineering and integration
  • Human Factors
  • Sum up and the way forward – The new Digital railway
  • Course examination

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+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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