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Hello,

Welcome to this issue of Your RSSB, providing you with details of what we’re delivering for the rail industry and you. As well as our regular updates an information about our upcoming events, we have our business plan for the new financial year, new tools for optimising traffic management, and details about our training courses.

 

2018-19 Business plan

RSSB has published its business plan for 2018-19, setting out how it will work over the year ahead to support a better, safer railway.Find out more and access the business plan.

Have a look at some of the key highlights of 2017-18 on our interactive map.

 

Safety and Risk

What’s new

Sandilands: enhancing system safety

RSSB Director of System Safety and Health, Prof George Bearfield, gave a lecture on how the Sandilands tram accident can be faced strategically, to effectively drive culture change. Read the lecture..

 

Freight safety

The National Freight Safety Group (NFSG) has developed a plan to implement their Rail Freight Project Charter in line with the national strategy, Leading Health & Safety on Britain’s Railways. This plan has been designed to enhance collaborative working and the sharing of best practice amongst the Freight Operators. Read the plan or contact Phil Hibberd for more details.

 

SMIS: one year on

We launched the new SMIS system in April 2017, and we are beginning to receive positive feedback from users. One year on from launch, we have provided a short update on the improvements that have been made and the timetable for further short-term enhancements, as well as a plan for establishing longer term future enhancements and governance arrangements. Find out more.

 

SMIS user update

We have recently implemented two new SMIS Business intelligence views that allow you to extract events involving your organisation that have been created by another organisation in the last 7 days (this was previously handled by an alert being sent in the old SMIS). You will also have the ability to create ad hoc reports on investigations. We have also updated information about SMIS on the main RSSB website. Find out more.

 

Safety Risk Model update

Version 8.5 of the SRM, which RSSB members can access via the Rail Risk Portal, went live in March. The SRM provides a network-wide view of risk, to support risk-based decision making. Changes include reduced risk from level crossing collisions and passenger train derailments; but increased risk from assaults and road vehicle driving. SRM 8.5 is an interim update while the SRM is redeveloped to align with the new SMIS. Find out more.

 

What’s coming up

SPADs: Human factor causes

An analysis of SPADs from the past decade, including the underlying causes of SPADS and how responsibility for incidents can be shared, is due to be published later this year. Find out more.

 

Common Event Risk Scoring: new methodology

A new way of scoring safety related events has been developed for common use across the rail industry and guidance will be available in the summer. Find out more.

 

Cost, capacity and efficiency

What’s new

Reducing wheel and track wear

RSSB is funding the development of an Active Radial Suspension System. The ARSS uses electro-hydraulic actuators to steer wheels, preventing damage to both the wheel and the track.Find out mor.

 

New tools for optimising traffic management

New research has delivered tools for reducing the design and testing time of signalling systems (SafeCap+), optimising traffic capacity on the network (DEDOTS), and optimising performance through design and planning (DITTO). Find out more.

 

Freight and the impact of offset loading

New research into freight wagon container loading, which used data on 10,000 containers, will inform industry requirements and help further reduce the small number of freight derailments. Find out more.

 

SMIS: one year on

We launched the new SMIS system in April 2017, and we are beginning to receive positive feedback from users. One year on from launch, we have provided a short update on the improvements that have been made and the timetable for further short-term enhancements, as well as a plan for establishing longer term future enhancements and governance arrangements. Find out more.

 

SMIS user update

We have recently implemented two new SMIS Business intelligence views that allow you to extract events involving your organisation that have been created by another organisation in the last 7 days (this was previously handled by an alert being sent in the old SMIS). You will also have the ability to create ad hoc reports on investigations. We have also updated information about SMIS on the main RSSB website. Find out more.

 

Safety Risk Model update

Version 8.5 of the SRM, which RSSB members can access via the Rail Risk Portal, went live in March. The SRM provides a network-wide view of risk, to support risk-based decision making. Changes include reduced risk from level crossing collisions and passenger train derailments; but increased risk from assaults and road vehicle driving. SRM 8.5 is an interim update while the SRM is redeveloped to align with the new SMIS. Find out more.

 

What’s coming up

SPADs: Human factor causes

An analysis of SPADs from the past decade, including the underlying causes of SPADS and how responsibility for incidents can be shared, is due to be published later this year. Find out more.

 

Common Event Risk Scoring: new methodology

A new way of scoring safety related events has been developed for common use across the rail industry and guidance will be available in the summer. Find out more.

 

Cost, capacity and efficiency

What’s new

Reducing wheel and track wear

RSSB is funding the development of an Active Radial Suspension System. The ARSS uses electro-hydraulic actuators to steer wheels, preventing damage to both the wheel and the track.Find out mor.

 

New tools for optimising traffic management

New research has delivered tools for reducing the design and testing time of signalling systems (SafeCap+), optimising traffic capacity on the network (DEDOTS), and optimising performance through design and planning (DITTO). Find out more.

 

Freight and the impact of offset loading

New research into freight wagon container loading, which used data on 10,000 containers, will inform industry requirements and help further reduce the small number of freight derailments. Find out more.

 

Health and wellbeing

What’s new

Monitoring the health and safety strategy

We have published the latest quarterly progress report, which gives an overview of industry progress in implementing the Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway strategy. If you have any comments on the report, particularly if you’re aware of significant industry activity which is relevant to LHSBR but which does not appear in the report, please contact Ann Mills.

 

What’s coming up

Environment and role: impact on health and wellbeing

New health and wellbeing research is due to be published later this spring, including expert risk assessments of health hazards and recommended mitigations. Find out more.

 

Passenger experience

What’s new

Sanders trials: full report now available

The full report on our game-changing research, which demonstrated the significant benefit of using double variable rate sanders, is now available. Access the full report.

 

RSSB Product of the month

Training courses

RSSB now provides cost-effective professional face to face training. Initially we are offering four different courses.

·         Human Factors Awareness For Incident investigators

Aimed at accident investigators, this two-day course encourages participants to look at the wider picture and consider the impact of human factors on incidents and accidents. Find out more and register.

·         Non-technical skills: train the trainer course

Industry is increasing its understanding of NTS. This four-day course is aimed at briefers who brief operational staff about NTS. Find out more and register.

·         Non-technical skills: refresher course

This one-day course provides a quick overview of NTS. It is aimed at industry staff who have a good working knowledge of NTS but need a quick recap. We advise that relevant staff attend this course every two years. Find out more and register.

·         Safety Management Intelligence System: data entry course

For those whose role involved inputting the details of incidents into the industry’s SMIS, this one-day course enables users to understand the process. Find out more and register.

 

Each training course we offer is designed exclusively with industry in mind, and our members in particular, to help the railway to get the best out of our knowledge, expertise, products and services, reducing the overall cost and effort involved.

 

Places on our courses can be booked by members and non-members alike, but our members can book at a reduced rate of 50%. All course information and online booking forms can be found onour training pages, easily accessed from the Products and Services section on the home page.

 

Currently all our courses will be run at the Helicon, but we will also be offering courses at other locations around the UK soon. If you would prefer RSSB to run a course at your own premises, or would like a course tailored to your specific needs, you can request this by completing the bespoke training form.

 

Upcoming courses

View our interactive training calendar.

Regular updates

SPAD and TPWS monthly reports

Login to Opsweb to access our monthly update on signals passed at danger (SPADs).

Monthly safety performance report

Keep up to date with the latest safety-related trends on the network.

Rail Accident News

Rail accidents from around the world, updated monthly. You will need to login to Opsweb to access it.

Rail investigations

Access summaries of investigation reports, with lessons that could be applied across the industry.

Rail Safety Review

Drawing from the railways’ collective knowledge, the RSR aims to link incidents and learning to Safety Management System arrangements. Login to Opsweb to find out more.

Railway legislation news

Access our collection of all changes in safety-related legislation.

Precursor indicator model (PIM)

The PIM estimates the underlying risk from train accidents by tracking changes in precursors that can lead to these events. You will need to login to the members’ area of Rail Risk Portal to access it.

Updates to standards.

Access our quarterly update to industry standards (last updated March 2018).

Knowledge Services

We produce knowledge searches, gathering, structuring and analysing both qualitative and quantitative information on specific areas of research for industry. Request a knowledge search.

System Safety Risk Group

SSRG met on 12 March 2018. Read the top messages.

Health & Wellbeing Policy Group

HWPG met on 27 March 2018. Read the top messages.

 

Get involved

Enquiry desk

Send us your enquiries and receive a full and expert response. Access the enquiry desk.

RSSB

Watch our video explaining who we are and what we do.

Deviations

Need to deviate from a standard? See our guidance to apply for deviations, and view the deviations register.

Proposals

View our proposals register, including guidance on how to suggest a change to a standard.

Take part in consultations

Login to the Consultation Stakeholder Register to have your say in the creation and update of shared industry standards.

New Standards Committee members

Find out who has recently been elected to the industry’s standards committees.

Solve your business challenges with our R&D and Innovation solutions

Contact our RD&I Account Manager to find out how we can match your challenges to RD&I solutions, identifying missed opportunities and benefitting from research that others in the industry are already capitalising on.

Knowledge Services

RSSB has a team of people with expertise in gathering, structuring and analysing both qualitative and quantitative information. If you would like us to find out information of relevance to the GB rail industry, contact us.

 

Dates for your diary

RSSB hosts events throughout the year, giving members an opportunity to network and discuss a range of industry-wide issues.

9 May 2018: Sustainable procurement workshop

RSSB, RIA and Action Sustainability are hosting an interactive workshop on ISO 20400, the global standard for sustainable procurement practice. The programme has been specifically tailored for procurement professionals working within TOCs or railway suppliers to gain an introduction to the standard and assist in understanding what they need to implement. Please contact Lauren Brownto find out more and register.

6 June 2018: Risk Management Forum half-day workshop, Manchester

RSSB and RAIB will run an afternoon workshop the day before the main Risk Management Forum. It will focus on how the mainline railway can apply safety learning from the tram accident at Sandilands Junction; which will be an excellent fit with this year’s RMF theme of ‘Understanding Risk’. Find out more and register.

07 June 2018: Risk Management Forum, Manchester

This year’s theme is ‘Understanding Risk’. We have a great programme of speakers from across the GB rail industry and beyond, including a keynote from SNCF. There will be interactive question-and-answer sessions. Find out more.

11 June 2018: Forecasting adhesion competition launch

We are making up to £300,000 available for academic-led feasibility studies that explore new ways of using data to improve low adhesion forecasting, supporting industry decision making and planning. Join us for the launch of this call for research and network with potential partners. Contact Jay Stow to find out more.

Standards committees submission deadlines

Read our calendar of Standards Committee meetings and the deadlines for submitting deviations and proposals.