The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) is currently undertaking a wide-ranging review of railway legislation.
The review is driven by recommendations made during railway public inquiries, experience in applying current railway regulations and new requirements from Europe. This review provides the opportunity to make regulation of the railway more effective, while ensuring that health and safety standards are maintained and, where possible, improved.
To prompt discussion and public debate before decisions are taken, HSC published a discussion document: 'Safety on the Railway - Shaping the Future' on the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/2003.htm
The discussion document (DD) sets out HSC's initial proposals for reforming the regulatory framework for railway safety, stimulating the development of the industry's own systems for managing its suppliers and for licensing of train drivers and signallers.
This DD presented an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the initial proposals and how the suggestions made could affect the industry. HSC specifically sought views on:
HSC believe the outcome of the legislative reform will provide better-focused, more coherent requirements, with less bureaucracy.
The discussion ended on 31 December 2003, The document and a summary of responses can be viewed below: