World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2023

Everyone Home Safe Every Day

Health and safety lie at the heart of the rail industry.  Network Rail’s Safety Vision is as follows: “We want everyone to get home safely every day – our colleagues, passengers, suppliers, lineside neighbours, communities, in fact anyone who lives, works or goes near our railway.”

To mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2023, we want to investigate what innovation and technology can do to support the safety of our industry. We aim to create and implement solutions that make a positive impact on the rail network’s day-to-day operations, and it goes without saying safety is imperative.

Our team is comprised of industry-leading specialists, enthusiastic about keeping the rail industry moving and innovating. Our vision is geared towards the creation of a greener, digital rail network, that runs safely, efficiently and on time.

Competency Management

Effective competency management is central to health and safety. It ensures the right people have the right skills and experience to get the job done safely and to the highest standard.

Our competency management solution EDS (Employee Development System) has delivered tangible results for a diverse selection of organisations, including London North Eastern Railway (LNER), East Midlands Railway (EMR), Alstom, and more.

Through an efficient digital-based system, users can reduce incident rates and overall lower business risk. Our solution acts as a digital hub of information which can be accessed at the office, onboard rolling stock, onsite and beyond. EDS enables clear organisation and oversight for users, creating a smoother process which drives significant operational improvements. This system drastically saves time and reduces the administrative burden of compliance.

Rail industry organisations like LNER have seen improvements in safety and performance since implementing EDS.

In Simon Reading’s role as Driver Team Manager at LNER he reports:

“As RailSmart EDS is an electronic system, I always have information at hand and can look at competency with ease.”

EDS also supports your team’s development, enabling easy monitoring of skills, certificates and training. Interactions, from assessments to e-learning can all be inputted and examined.

Fatigue Management

Fatigue management is a central aspect of health and safety. At the end of last year, the Network Rail standard NR/L2/OHS/003 was updated. Ensuring compliance is key, and through effective monitoring, this can be easy and efficient.

Reducing the risk of fatigue is a central way to support your team’s health and wellbeing. Fatigue refers to the feeling of tiredness, both mental and physical, and feeling worn out. Ensuring enough time for rest and sleep as well as upholding work life balance is central to effective fatigue management.

At 3Squared, our technology is designed to support the delivery of safe operations. We enable you to keep passengers and staff safe, through technology with identifies and mitigates risks.

Our RailSmart ORS system enables effective resource planning and helps optimise rostering to combat challenges with fatigue. At a base level and a weekly level, with ORS users clearly see fatigue and risk levels for all employees based on actuals.

Ultimately, innovative technology can play a key role in enabling safety across the rail network. To discover more about our solutions that support health and safety across the industry, get in touch and book a demo with our expert team.

This article was originally published by 3Squared.

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