Health and safety law

Health and safety laws

11 August 2022
This section gives an overview of the main rail-specific legislation that we enforce using health and safety powers under the Health and Safety and Work etc. Act 1974. As the health and safety regulator for the rail industry, we deliver advice and enforcement to help ensure the safety of both passengers and workers. As well as being required to comply with the rail-specific legislation below, rail


16 February 2022
The regulatory requirements for managing safety on the railways, tramways and other guided transport systems. This page details who needs to comply and what they must do to meet minimum standards in Great Britain.


7 February 2022
An overview of the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority for Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems) Regulations 2006 (as amended) (EARR).

Safety critical work

16 September 2021
This page details the legal requirements for safety-critical workers carrying out safety-critical tasks.

Railway Safety Regulations 1999

30 July 2021
Update and changes to Railway Safety Regulations 1999 guidance on Mark 1 type rolling stock and hinged door rolling stock.

Exclusions from mainline railway requirements

16 December 2020
This page sets out what rail systems are excluded from the mainline railway requirements of the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (as amended) (ROGS).

Entities in charge of maintenance

1 December 2020
This page gives an overview of the requirements for a person or organisation responsible for the maintenance of rail vehicles (known as an entity in charge of maintenance).