Put safety at the heart of your railway operations
Like most industries, railway technologies have become increasingly complex over time. These developments have made railway safety assessments not only more necessary but more challenging. While this is generally true for all subsystems, it is particularly the case for large railway infrastructure projects. The complexity of a complete railway system makes it difficult to accurately analyse and ensure system safety. The risks resulting from this increase in complexity can be mitigated by an Independent Safety Assessment (ISA).
ISA is the formation of a judgement, separate and independent from any railway engineering design, development or operational personnel, that the safety requirements for the railway project are appropriate and adequate for the planned application and that all the systems and civil works assets as well as Operation and Maintenance (O&M) processes are compliant with those safety requirements.
The Independent Safety Assessor’s role is to verify whether the relevant technical and operational risks have been reduced to an acceptable level.
Independent Safety Assessment helps suppliers, operators and system integrators prevent failures before they occur as well as ensuring their systems are compliant with the safety requirements and global railway standards. By providing you with independent safety assessment for your entire railway system TÜV SÜD ensures:
TÜV SÜD has extensive experience in assessing entire railways systems (both the overall system and subsystems) in different countries around the world.
Our ISA rail methodology is targeted to perform specific assessments or/and audits to establish the maturity and rigor of the safety management process in place by all the actors concerned to ensure a safe implementation of the assessed railway project. During ISA, our experts will adopt a proactive stance by raising questions and requesting additional information or analysis as opposed to being a passive reviewer of deliverables. This proactive approach not only helps to detect issues earlier in the process but also establishes context to ensure the implications of any issues are fully understood in order to take appropriate actions that will address the issues comprehensively.
Our rail experts possess strong knowledge and experience in all disciplines and at all technical levels of brownfield and greenfield projects, ranging from computer chip evaluation to complete railway systems. TÜV SÜD is recognised as an independent railway safety assessor by many railway authorities and national safety bodies and is accredited as an inspection body in line with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020.
TÜV SÜD provides Independent Safety Assessment services tailored to your specific needs by identifying the approaches most suited to your project from the outset.
o Risk management
o Safety and RAM engineering
o System integration and interface management (i.e. System/System and System/Civil Works, etc.)
o Verification and validation
o Change control and configuration management
o Virtual reality and BIM (Building Information Modeling)
The independent safety assessor will not be involved directly into the design, installation, and railway testing & commissioning, but will assess how well safety is implemented into the railway during the project life cycle.