Consultation on draft guidance for managing rail staff fatigue

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Seeks feedback on updated guidance for managing rail staff fatigue. The guidance does not introduce any new policy positions.

We are asking for views on our updated draft guidance on managing rail staff fatigue. The guidance aims to help interpretation of the Railway and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006, ROGS 2006, and other legal requirements relevant to fatigue.

The guidance updates ORR’s previous guidance, Managing Rail Staff Fatigue, issued in 2012. The document integrates the ROGS 9 stage approach to provide an overarching approach to managing rail staff fatigue. The guidance follows the HSE’s ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ approach rather than their previous POPMAR model of managing health and safety. ORR’s Fatigue Factors, or good practice guidelines, are included. This revised guidance does not introduce any new policy positions.

We welcome feedback on the format and content of the guidance. We also seek views on how helpful it will be in supporting dutyholders in their management of rail staff fatigue.

Responding to this consultation

We welcome responses to our request for feedback set out in this consultation. Please send responses by 8 March 2024 to

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  • handling your personal data for the purposes of this consultation;
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