HSC Publishes Railway Safety discussion document

17 August 2005

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC), on 27 October 2003, published a discussion document which invites views and comments on options to renew and update railway safety legislation.



‘Safety on the Railway – Shaping the Future" is aimed at all those who work in the rail industry and those interested in its safety performance, and is the outcome of a wide-ranging review of railway legislation undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The review was driven by new requirements from Europe, the need to implement recommendations from rail public inquiries and a periodic evaluation of current legislation. HSE worked up the options in the document in discussion with its key rail stakeholders.


Bill Callaghan, Chair of the HSC said: “I am sure this document will achieve what we want – to stimulate debate on how we regulate safety on the railways. Our goal is to establish a new regime that has minimal bureaucracy, gives greater flexibility and, most importantly, that ensures that the railway industry continues to improve its safety record.”

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