The industry standard for rail platform safety has been updated
The rail industry has collectively agreed and signed up to an updated industry standard for platform safety.
The platform-train interface accounts for nearly half of the fatality risk to passengers, and 20 per cent of the overall injury risk. The updated Rail Industry Standard: Passenger Train Dispatch and Platform Safety Measures, now provides rail companies with much more detail and clarity on requirements and how they relate to legal obligations.
Network Rail and train operating companies lead on managing this risk, and RSSB is encouraging anyone involved to familiarise themselves with the update.
It would be prudent for members to… check that their safety management system and operational practice out in the field reflect the good practice contained in the standard”
“The railway is fundamentally very safe for passengers, and rail companies are well-practised in managing the risks at the platform-train interface,” said RSSB’s Director of Standards, Tom Lee. “However, it would be prudent for members to check that their approaches and processes are up-to-date, and check that their safety management system and operational practice out in the field reflect the good practice contained in the standard, where these are relevant to their particular company.”
Click here to read RSSB’s short ‘quick-start guide’ to the updated Rail Industry Standard, Passenger Train Dispatch and Platform Safety Measures (RIS-3703-TOM), (Issue 3).