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Safety Managment System


In order to promote the harmonization of safety performance and ensure that the railway system passes implement at least the common safety objectives, i.e. the minimum safety levels that must be achieved by the different parts of the railway system, was issued in the April 2004 Directive 2004/49 / EC relating to railway safety, subsequently replaced by Directive (EU) 2016/798 on railway safety implemented in Italy by Legislative Decree no.50 of 14.05.2019.

Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers must apply the monitoring methods described in the Common Safety Methods (CSM), assuming responsibility for safe operation. In order to fulfill this responsibility, a Safety Management System (SGS) must be established.

The SMS guarantees that the RU / GI has considered all the risks associated with carrying out its business, describing in particular the division of responsibilities within its organization. Fundamental requirement of the HMS is the adoption of procedures and methods for the determination and analysis of risks, for this purpose the Reg. 402/2013 of the European Commission of 30 April 2013 identifies the Common Safety Method to be applied to each modification of the railway system, considered relevant for safety purposes.

The correct processing of the SGS and the control of all risks associated with its activity, allows the RU to be the holder of the safety certificate, necessary to access the railway infrastructure.

In parallel, in order to be able to manage and operate a railway infrastructure, the infrastructure manager must obtain safety clearance.

ISARail carries out the independent assessment of the correct application of the risk management procedure (Reg. 402/2013) and the completeness of the HMS. The in-depth knowledge of the relevant regulatory field and of the techniques used to carry out the risk analysis has allowed ISARail to gain experience in the sector, evaluating the SGS of the major infrastructure managers and multiple railway companies.