Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment



The course provides an overview of the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment and practical training on implementation in engineering rail projects. It also provides background on approaches to the application of CSM for compliance with the legal obligations. This involves studying the regulatory regimes of the industry, analysis of case studies on applications to UK rail projects and developing an understanding of the risk assessment processes for all changes to the railway.


At the end of the course you will be able to

1. Demonstrate expertise in safety management using key terms such as “hazard”, “consequence” and “risk”
2. Understand Tolerability, ALARP and compliance with EU and UK legislation
3. Evaluate the significance of a change and the interaction with Hazard Identification techniques
4. Understand the elements of the Common Safety Risk Evaluation and Assessment process


Outline content

Introduction to Risk Management

  • Key Safety Terms
  • Risk Management
  • EU and UK Legislation

CSM Overview, Context and Significance Decision

  • EU Common Safety Methods overview
  • CSM-REA Overview
  • Responsibilities and Exemptions
  • Safety Plan
  • Preliminary System Definition
  • CSM Significance Assessment

Implementation of CSM

  • Hazard Record
  • System Definition
  • Hazard Identification, Classification, Record, Management
  • Risk Acceptance Principles
  • ALARP Evaluation
  • Safety Justification
  • Independent Assessment

Study options

Distance learning

In-house customised training can be provided upon request.  Enquire for further details.

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