Rail Safety in Canada

Achieving an Effective Safety Culture

  • The Safety Management Systems (SMS) Working Group, with representatives of the rail industry, unions and Transport Canada, was established to address recommendations of the Railway Safety Act review with respect to safety management systems.  Recommendation 18 was specific to safety culture:

    Transport Canada, Rail Safety Directorate and the railway industry must take specific measures to attain an effective safety culture.

Guide for Developing, Implementing and Enhancing Railway Safety Management Systems

  • This updated guide is intended to assist railway companies in developing, implementing and enhancing safety management systems (SMS) to meet the requirements of Transport Canada’s Railway Safety Management System Regulations, pursuant to section 37 and subsection 47.1(1) of the Railway Safety Act. Together with its two annexes, it provides practical advice and suggestions, as well as specific examples of SMS methods and approaches that have been adopted by various Canadian railway companies.

Rail Safety, Children and You

  • It’s easy for children and adults to forget that crossing the tracks can be unsafe.

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