Health and safety policies and statements
A list of our health and safety policies and statements is available in date order below.
This statement sets out and clarifies ORR’s policy on the issue of clearances from parts of 25kV electrification systems to standing surfaces to which members of the public may foreseeably gain access. The principles discussed here should act as guidance for people carrying out infrastructure design work, when looking specifically at the issue of electrical clearances.
18 Oct 2016
This policy statement sets out how ORR will use its powers to carry out its regulatory enforcement responsibilities arising from health and safety and other relevant legislation.
1 Mar 2016
This statement sets out and clarifies ORR’s policy on third rail DC electrification systems and is intended to provide duty holders with a clear view of the issues we, as the regulator, expect industry to consider and address when evaluating options for the proposed construction or renewal, upgrade or extension of third rail.
27 Mar 2015
Hand arm vibration syndrome position paper PDF, 217 Kb
Any work involving hand-held machinery and power tools should be managed to meet the appropriate legal controls and standards to prevent the risks from hand arm vibration (HAV), focussing on alternative and safer methods of work.
8 Oct 2014
Mandatory investigations policy and guidance PDF, 264 Kb
This document sets out our policy on investigating accidents, cases of occupational ill-health and dangerous occurrences.
12 Aug 2014
Our work related stress position paper aims to promote and support the wider adoption of an organisational, rather than individual approach, to work related stress management across the rail industry.
20 Jun 2014
ORR policy on complaints relating to health, safety and welfare arising from the operation of Britain's railways and our process and guidance on handling health safety and welfare complaints.
12 Dec 2013
Our long-term regulatory statement discusses how our regulation may develop in line with the changing shape of the industry, and identifies priorities for the growth and sustainability of Britain’s railways.
15 Jul 2013
This statement explains our approach to assuring that railway duty-holders take effective action to protect members of the public who are not passengers.
20 Dec 2011
On-train crowding position statement PDF, 161 Kb
ORR’s health and safety policy position on on-train crowding.
3 Sep 2010
A statement of ORR’s policy on how we will deal with reports and associated recommendations made by the Railway Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).
24 Jun 2010
As the health and safety authority for Britain’s railways, we must make arrangements for protecting the health, safety and welfare of workers, and for protecting others against health or safety risks relating to the activities of people at work.
15 Apr 2010
This statement provides a summary of our role in the safety arrangements provided by the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS).
18 Jul 2007