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First Safety Culture Series guidance now available

First Safety Culture Series guidance now available

7 Apr 2020

ERA published today its first Safety Culture Series guidance: Introduction to the European Railway Safety Culture Model

To provide support to the European railway sector to effectively implement the complex concept of safety culture, the EU Agency for Railways has decided to publish a series of concise guidelines under a new sequence called “safety culture series”.

The first volume of this guidance, Introduction to the European Railway Safety Culture Model, is published today.

The aim of this first guide is to explain the European railway safety culture model as a tool to understand how safety culture develops and can be influenced. The target audience is wide, covering regulators, senior managers, rail safety managers, supervisors, researchers and all other individuals interested in the concept of safety culture.

The European railway safety culture model is an effective tool to support all the players to contribute to improving railway safety. It is the result of the work of a dedicated task force with professionals from diverse backgrounds representing different types of organisations and from a variety of Member States. The model has been successfully tested and practically implemented to evaluate and improve railway safety culture.

Safety is not only about regulation, rules and procedures. Safety is about a living and collective commitment. By developing useful instruments to support the sector, the European Union Agency for Railways is demonstrating its engagement to develop a positive safety culture. However we need the commitment of all players to achieve a sustainable and safe performance in the Single European Railway Area. You can find more information on safety culture on our website where you can also download the guidance. For questions, contact us, selecting Railway Safety as a topic.