Safety Organisations

The organisations and systems working to improve the safety of the railways

Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB)
The RSSB builds industry-wide consensus and helps to resolve difficult cross-industry issues. They provide knowledge, analysis, substantial technical expertise, and powerful information and risk management tools. We have a place on the RSSB board.

Sentinel

Sentinel is an integrated management system for some safety critical competencies on the railway. Every cardholder must be registered and managed by a sponsor or employer.

We introduced the system in 1999 to improve the control and processes for track safety training/competence and the certification and supply of on-track labour.

Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis System (CIRAS)
The Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis System is a way for rail industry staff to report safety concerns that they feel unable to report through standard channels. It is a completely independent and confidential way to report safety concerns without fear of recrimination.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
The HSE continues to be the health and safety law enforcing authority in "green field" construction sites that are physically separated from the operational railway.

Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB)

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is the independent railway accident investigation organisation for the UK. It investigates railway accidents and incidents on the UK's railways to improve safety.

The RAIB is the independent railway accident investigation organisation for the UK. It investigates railway accidents and incidents on the UK's railways with the aim of improving safety.