Part B – Bridge Safety Assurance

Appendix: Guideline for Bridge Safety Management with clarification comments on grey background

1.1 - Scope

This part outlines the requirements of a BSMP to ensure the structural integrity of bridges and safe railway operations.

1.2 - Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Under the Railway SMS Regulations, a railway company is required to implement and maintain systems to manage safety of all aspects of railway operations. The BSMP shall  form part and be referenced in a railway company’s SMS.

Section Analysis 1.2 - Safety Management Systems (SMS)

When a railway company is not the railway authority for the track over which it operates, that railway company must implement and maintain a system to ensure that the railway authority, over who's track they operate, demonstrates conformance with its BSMP and that safe railway operations are maintained with respect to bridges. This may include, but not be limited to, a review of the railway authority's internal safety audit for bridges.

Section 2 of the SMS regulation states: “A railway company shall implement and maintain a safety management system that includes, at a minimum, the following components:

(a) the railway company safety policy and annual safety performance targets and the associated safety initiatives to achieve the targets, approved by a senior company officer and communicated to employees;

(b) clear authorities, responsibilities and accountabilities for safety at all levels in the railway company; implementation of the railway company’s safety management system;

(c) a system for involving employees and their representatives in the development and implementation of the railway company’s safety management system;

(d) systems for identifying applicable

(i) railway safety regulations, rules, standards and orders, and the procedures for demonstrating compliance with them, and

(ii) exemptions and the procedures for demonstrating compliance with the terms or conditions specified in the notice of exemption;

(e) a process for

(i) identifying safety issues and concerns, including those associated with human factors, third-parties and significant changes to railway operations, and

(ii) evaluating and classifying risks by means of a risk assessment;

(f) risk control strategies;

(g) systems for accident and incident reporting, investigation, analysis and corrective action;

(h) systems for ensuring that employees and any other persons to whom the railway company grants access to its property, have appropriate skills and training and adequate supervision to ensure that they comply with all safety requirements;

(i) procedures for the collection and analysis of data for assessing the safety performance of the railway company;

(j) procedures for periodic internal safety audits, reviews by management, monitoring and evaluations of the safety management system;

(k) systems for monitoring management-approved corrective actions resulting from the systems and processes required under paragraphs (d) to (j); and

(l) consolidated documentation describing the systems for each component of the safety management system.“

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