Rail Safety Analysis


The course enables students to understand and implement the requirements of formal safety assessment in the rail industry.  This involves an introduction to safety and risk with an overview of safety regulations in rail engineering.  Potential escalation events, human factors and safety management are discussed.  Organisational responsibilities, risk criteria, risk modelling, risk reduction and decision-making techniques also form part of the module.


At the end of the course you will be able to

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of risk management and its relevance to the rail industry
  2. Apply techniques to evaluate risk of the rail environment from both design and operation aspects
  3. Generate a quantitative and/or qualitative rail formal safety assessment


Outline content

Introduction to safety and risk in the rail industry

Identifying and assessing railway hazards and risks:
  • Hazard identification techniques
  • Historical data
  • Risk matrix
  • Fault and event trees
  • Bowtie analysis
Potential escalation events e.g. speed, derailment

Human factors and safety management

Organisational responsibilities

Risk reduction and criteria

Novel risk modelling and decision-making techniques


Study options

Distance learning

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

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