As mentioned, rail participants must be able to demonstrate that the governance of their organisation ensures their rail activities are consistently as safe as they can be.
The key methods to do this are outlined below.
In order to be approved, your safety case must demonstrate:
The section should also outline the governance arrangements your organisation has in place, including:
For more information on safety cases, see our Rail safety cases section.
The Transport Agency undertakes ordinary and special safety assessments on a risk-based schedule covering all licence holders. These assessments give you, as the licence holder, the opportunity to show that you’re safe and prove you’re fulfilling the commitments outlined in your safety case.
While your safety case contains high-level statements and descriptions about how you manage safety, your safety system contains the standards, policies and procedures (details). These are reviewed during assessments to check appropriateness and compliance, and to confirm they are put into practice.
The internal audit your organisation undertakes should provide you with the assurance that you’re able to verify and demonstrate you’re fulfilling your commitments before a Transport Agency assessment. By looking at your operations and practices regularly, in depth and in detail, you give yourself the opportunity to correct anything that’s not right before it’s too late.
Ensuring you have the documentation that allows your practices to be verified will not only stand you in good stead for assessments, but also enable you to demonstrate good governance.
Good business documentation benefits the governance of your organisation by: