Health and safety strategy

Our strategic risk chapters

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To help prioritise ours and the industry’s strategic focus we issue chapters, which we update as part of a rolling process, focused on the key risks from across the sector and based on incident data, risk trend analysis and the findings from our inspections, investigations and audits.

Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3)

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This document sets out the criteria we use to assess an organisation's ability to achieve excellence when controlling health and safety risks.

Principles for railway health and safety

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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

Driver Controlled Operation (DCO)

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The issue of safety relating to the interface between the platform and train and the safe dispatch of trains is an area of focus for the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the industry.

Health and safety by design

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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.

Better health is happening in rail

26 June 2015
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The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) today published its latest occupational health report which shows that there has been a meaningful improvement in the rail industry's management of worker health over the last four years.

Occupational health strategy and progress

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ORR's Closing the Gap on Health report provides a comprehensive review of rail industry progress in managing occupational health by the end of our 2014-19 health programme. We have used this evidence-based review to identify our strategic priorities on health for the coming years in a revised occupational health chapter. We also have five position papers on the key health risks in the railway