An essential part of the process of a railway being accredited is that it must have an approved Rail Safety Management System (SMS) .
About safety management systems
An essential part of the process of a railway being accredited is that it must have an approved Rail Safety Management System (SMS)
underpinning its operations and administration.
An SMS is made up of policies, procedures, work instructions, records, documents and means of collecting and analysing data that all contribute to the way a railway will operate safely.
What an SMS must address
The requirements for a rail safety management system are extensively covered in Part 4 Division 4 of the Rail Safety Act 2010
and in Regulation 8 and Schedule 1 of the Regulations 2011.
Existing accredited railway organisations will, find many similarities between the requirements of these parts of the Act and Regulations 2011 and AS4292.1-2006.
The Safety Management Systems of all accredited railway operators must be reviewed to comply with the Act and Regulations by 1 February 2012, The development period referred to in s240 of the Act expires on this date.
For guidance on the scope and content of a safety management system the Rail Safety Regulators Panel has published the National Rail Safety Guideline - Preparation of a Rail Safety Management System (external site).
A gap analysis between the Safety Management System requirements of the Rail Safety Act 2010, the Regulations 2011, AS4292.1, the National Model Legislation and the National Accreditation Package can be accessed via the link below:
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