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Reducing Railway Risk: a series about many aspects of running the GB railway, and how its contributors work to deliver a better, safer railway.
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Joana Faustino, Work Psychologist at RSSB, talks about the feelings we might be experiencing and some coping strategies for the pressures that we are facing.Show notes, with links to the resources that Joana talked about, and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. The show notes include links to other support resources for good mental wellbeing.
Trevor Parkin of East Midlands Railway and Chris Harrison of RSSB talk about what the rail industry is doing to reduce the number of signals passed at danger, and so the likelihood of a potentially fatal train accident.  Show notes, with links to more information about SPADs and the RAATS Tool, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
This podcast looks at the part that CIRAS, the Confidential Incident Reporting and Analysis Service, contributes to the continual improvement of safety management for the railway and other transport systems.My guest in this episode is Catherine Baker, director of CIRAS.  We talk about how the confidential reporting service works.  She discusses the types of incidents and reasons for calls, and examples of the results that CIRAS achieves.  She also talks about what CIRAS does to maintain confidentiality, and how the service complements an organisation's existing reporting and whistleblowing systems. Show notes, with links to more information about CIRAS and its activities, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website.
This podcast looks at the the challenges faced when commercially competitive companies need to collaborate to help deliver a better, safer railway.In this episode Dougie Hill, Head of National Freight Strategy & Policy at Direct Rail Services, and Geoff Spencer, former CEO of DB Cargo (UK) talk through the challenges faced to get competing companies to collaborate.  Their work in the National Freight Safety Group, leading the freight sector to collaborative working, has led to the development and implementation of the Freight Integrated Plan for Safety.  Some of the other freight sector achievements include common safe systems of work, a Freight Fatigue Working Group, road risk collaboration with the Driving for Better Business programme, and moving freight derailment reduction from being a project to 'business as usual'.Show notes, with all the links that Dougie and Geoff talk about, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this podcast Sara Sherrard and Tom Moran talks about failings in customer care and the improvements implemented after Sara's mother suffered a fatal accident at Mill Hill Station.Sara Sherrard is the eldest daughter of Priscilla Tropp, who died following a fall down a station staircase; and Tom Moran is now the MD at Thameslink and Great Northern Railways. Sara describes her experience as she learned the details of her mother's accident, treatment and what happened around the Coroner's Inquest. Tom talks about his meeting with Sara, her concerns about the serious failings in process and communication, and the improvements that, between them, they have achieved since then.Show notes with a link to the GTR PAPI aide-mèmoire are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website.
In this podcast Dr Emma Taylor, former rocket scientist and chartered mechanical engineer, talks about how the changing railway and increasing number of digital components will start to blur the lines between rolling stock and infrastructure design and build. And how it will be increasingly beneficial to have software engineers and cyber security specialists in teams.Emma has been talking to stakeholders across the rail industry about what keeps them awake at night. And it turns out to be the unknown unknowns, the gaps in knowledge and understanding about how digital components work and interact.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this first podcast about trespass, I talk with with Oliver Bratton, Director Network Strategy and Operations, and Louise McNally, Trespass Prevention Lead, at Network Rail; and Inspector Becky Warren, of the British Transport Police, about the human, safety and operational impacts that trespass can have on the railway.They talk about the impacts of trespass on the railway.  Its human costs, as a result of fatalities and life-changing injuries.  On the family and friends of those whose lives are altered or taken, and on those who witness the traumatic results of trespass, be they railway staff, passengers, the public, or the police who have to deal with the aftermath.  They also talk of the additional costs and potential dangers added by the delays that trespass causes.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website.
In this episode Jason Alexandre of Samaritans talks about the Samaritans' partnership with Network Rail and the rail industry to reduce the number of suicides on the railway.  Customer experience manager Rizwan Javed talks about how the training gave him the confidence to intervene, and then tells the story of just one of the 29 life-saving interventions he has made.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this episode Dr Emma Taylor talks about the 'NIS Regulations', what they mean for the industry and about what we in the industry need to do to comply with the regulations, to deliver a better, safer railway. She looks firstly at who should be concerned, and what we need to do to demonstrate compliance and avoid fines of up to £17m. What to do until we have a good body of precursors to digital incidents; and what aspects or operations should be considered as safety critical.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this episode, Dr Emma Taylor and I talk about the human aspects, the culture change that will be needed to address digital safety threats.  The need for traditional design engineers to broaden their sphere of thinking, and to bring others into design conversations.  Emma also talks about the need to start thinking about reasonably foreseeable scenarios. For us all to start thinking about what could go wrong when you consider the digital components within your physical assets.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this second podcast about trespass, I talk with with Walt Cartwright, of DB Cargo UK, and Simon Martin, Route Crime Manager at Network Rail, about the practical sides of assessing trespass risk and putting prevention measures in place.Walt talks about the benefits of the new guide and the consistency it can bring to understanding how to carry out trespass risk assessment.  He also comments on how it will increase understanding of how to judge when that risk has been reduced to 'as low as reasonably practicable'. Simon talk about the reasons for trespass, particularly around stations, and about the results from a trial of higher fencing.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this third podcast about trespass, I talk with with David Whitmarsh, acting Principal Inspector of Railways for Scotland, about the ORR's expectations of the industry when it comes to trespass prevention.David talks about why the ORR might decide to prosecute a railway company rather than the trespasser. He also comments on how the level of fines is calculated by the courts. He then describes what the ORR would consider to be 'good and sufficient [fences] for today's railway'; and how the new guidance on trespass risk assessment will help railway companies know whether they might be meeting those expectations.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this fourth podcast about the impact of software failures on railway asset safety, I talk with Dr Emma Taylor about the causes of the Cambrian Line Incident. Failures both of the software system and of the processes during development, testing and implementation.Emma also talks about the industry's response to recommendation 3 in the RAIB report on the incident.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this fifth podcast about the impact of software failures on railway asset safety, I talk with Dr Emma Taylor about the causes behind an accident that happened during testing on a city metro system. In this episode we highlight some of the failures as they relate to the stages in the V-model that is, or should be, applied to the software development lifecycle. A set of processes that is particularly important for verification and validation during the development, testing and implementation of complex software-based systems.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this sixth podcast about software failures in safety-critical systems, I talk with Dr Emma Taylor about an incident that happened in 2014 during normal working of the National Air Traffic System. We look at what went wrong, and how good recording and documentation at each stage in the V-model allowed a complete shutdown of the air traffic control system for southern England to be quickly reinstated—without any harm to the thousands of passengers in the air.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website.  
In this episode I talk with RSSB's recently appointed Director for Sustainable Development, George Davies, about his vision for a new Rail Sustainability Strategy. He also talks about his plans for how to collaborate with industry colleagues to agree, implement, and communicate the strategy and the progress it achieves.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
In this seventh and final episode about software failures in safety-critical systems, I talk with Dr Emma Taylor about a number of incidents, from the railway, a medical incident and aircraft.  Our purpose is to encourage you to be creative when you start to think about reasonably foreseeable scenarios—what could possibly go wrong with your complex software-based system.  And what you can do to help design out errors before they cause an incident.Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website.
This episode looks at how the RSSB Horizon Scanning programme has identified issues and helped companies make the best possible decisions around the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. With a vaccination programme well under way, Claire Shooter talks about the support that has been delivered, and how to deal with the uncertainty of the future. Show notes, with links to the relevant resources and any other related blog posts, are available in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website.
This episode looks at how the rail industry has recognised the level of harm that occurs to our workforce on the roads, and the work that is being done to reduce it. Tavid Dobson, Lead Safety Management Specialist at RSSB and Anne-Marie Penny, Senior Road Safety Policy Adviser at Highways England who leads on the Driving for Better Business programme, talk about how collaboration between their organisations is working to better manage the risk that arises from driving for work.Show notes with links to the relevant resources and some other related blog posts are available in the Blogs section of the RSSB website in The RSSB Podcast series. 
In this episode Steve Enright, Head of Safety, Security & Sustainability for Abellio Transport Holdings UK, and Chair of the Road Risk Group, talks about the Occupational Road Risk Management Charter.During our conversation Steve answers questions about why companies should sign the Charter now. He also looks at how companies that don't have vehicle fleets can still be vulnerable to road risk.Show notes with links to the relevant resources are in the Blog for this episode on the RSSB website. 
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