Health and safety guidance

Railway guidance documents

18 September 2023
We produce internal instructions and guidance in the form of railway guidance documents.


22 May 2023
An overview of the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority for Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems) Regulations 2006 (as amended) (EARR).

Health and safety by design

18 May 2023
The concept of health and safety by design is to preferably eliminate, and if not eliminate to control, health and safety risks in infrastructure, rolling stock, equipment and processes by early consideration of potential risks and then dealing with those risks at the design stage.

Managing safety issues in heritage

2 May 2023
Simon Barber, principal inspector of heritage railways, highlights the current safety issues faced by the heritage sector.

Goal-setting principles for railway health and safety

22 April 2022
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. It highlights the factors which should be addressed by anyone designing and putting into use new railways or rail vehicles, including major upgrades and

Working patterns - fatigue

15 December 2021
This page outlines why the rail industry needs to take staff fatigue seriously, and provides links to some key guidance.