Health and safety strategy and guidance

Our health and safety regulatory strategy sets out our approach to regulating health and safety risks created and managed by Britain’s railways. It looks at how we drive continuous improvement, deliver cost effective and safe railway, to be amongst the safest in the world.

Our strategy and approach to regulating health and safety risks

Our health and safety strategy for the railways sets our vision and priorities.

Our strategic risk chapters

To help prioritise ours and the industry’s strategic focus we issue chapters, which we update as part of a rolling process, focused on the key risks from across the sector and based on incident data, risk trend analysis and the findings from our inspections, investigations and audits.

Health and safety regulatory approach

ORR’s health and safety regulatory approach, explains what we do in regulating health and safety across the rail industry.


Principles for railway health and safety

We have produced 'Principles for health and safety on the railway' to help dutyholders understand how to meet our expectations for the high-level goals that should be achieved by the railway when complying with the health and safety legislation.

Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3)

RM3 defines what excellence in risk management looks like and allows organisations to assure themselves that their risk management system is operating to an adequate standard.

Driver Controlled Operation

Driver controlled operation of passenger trains (DOO) is where the train driver is in control of the door operation of the train.


Health and safety by design

Designing for simpler, easier to use and safer systems is a health and safety benefit.

Competence

We have produced detailed guidance on developing and maintaining staff competence.