Health and safety guidance

Occupational health compliance and good practice

1 March 2017
As part of ORR's strategy to raise awareness on occupational health under our health programme, we will publicise recent cases where formal enforcement action has been taken to secure legal compliance.

Principles for railway health and safety

13 January 2017
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


2 November 2016
We have produced detailed guidance on developing and maintaining staff competence.

Health and safety by design

8 June 2016
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.

Stage 5 – Capture performance information and update bow tie/risk profile

20 May 2015
The Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3) provides a useful mechanism to understand the capability of the organisation to sustain (or improve) high levels of effective control ie to understand why an organisation is performing as it is. Information captured from the audits can be used to help inform the RM3 evaluation.