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1 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Hazard Management Ways to Improve the Hazard Management Process

2 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Get Educated Find opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills: – Take TSIs Rail System Safety Training Course – Participate in training at the rail transit agency – Read and understand the rail transit agencys rulebook – Shadow key rail transit agency positions – Look for additional training opportunities

3 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Formalize the SOA Role Require monthly or quarterly reports or meetings Document processes in the Program Standard Ensure the SSPP and related procedures also document these processes Monitor corrective action plans

4 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Meet with RTA Executive Leadership Explain program requirements and solicit support for implementation Educate top management on the purpose of the program Explain the SOAs role in the hazard management process and Part 659 requirements Discuss and assess upper managements commitment to the hazard management process

5 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Assess and Clarify the Hazard Management Process with the RTA Hold a meeting with key players from: – Safety – Operations – Engineering – Quality Assurance – Maintenance – Planning and Development – Construction Services – Executive Management – Contractor Representatives

6 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Assess and Clarify the Hazard Management Process with the RTA Collect each departments understanding of the RTAs hazard management process and identify – Roles and responsibilities – Key procedures and protocols – Resource commitments

7 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Assess and Clarify the Hazard Management Process with the RTA Review hazard management process requirements as documented in the Program Standard Identify the Who in the process: – Who is responsible to identify and report hazards – Who is responsible to analyze hazards – Who is responsible for determining the actions to be taken – Who is responsible to implement these actions – Who will track hazard mitigation and elimination efforts – Who will verify hazard resolution – Who will communicate results back to the original reporter

8 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Assess and Clarify the Hazard Management Process with the RTA Review hazard management process requirements as documented in the Program Standard Identify the What in the process: – What are the methods for identifying hazards – What protocols and procedures are in place for reporting – What tools will be used to analyze hazards – What tool will be used to track hazards through resolution

9 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Assess and Clarify the Hazard Management Process with the RTA Review hazard management process requirements as documented in the Program Standard Discuss the When and the How: – When are hazards reported to the Safety Department – When are hazards reported to the SOA – How does the RTA encourage employee participation – How does the RTA treat employees that report hazards – How are employees trained in hazard management Revise procedures and protocols as necessary to gain buy-in

10 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Participate In Safety Committee Meetings where hazard are discussed In Rule Committees where rule changes are discussed Request to be carbon copied on special orders and operating bulletins Provide available resources to the RTA Assist RTA in evaluating potential safety issues and concerns in developing rule revisions

11 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Spend Time Onsite Become familiar with the RTA and its employees Observe activities in shops and yards, on the right of way, in the control center, and other work sites Observe in the field training When a hazard is identified, actively follow-up to ensure the RTA is following procedures Observer how the RTA conducts accident investigations

12 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Use Every Available Source Ensure the RTA is using all available sources to identify hazards – Passenger reports and complaints – Data mining of control center logs and maintenance management systems – Special orders and speed restrictions – Employee reports – Review of unusual occurrence reports – Safety statistics reports – RTA internal audit reports – Facility inspection reports – Efficiency/proficiency testing results – Accident investigation results

13 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Formal Analyses Formal Analyses can identify hazards that are not visible to the naked eye. Examples include: – Job Safety / Hazard Analysis (JSA / JHA) – Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA) – Workplace Risk Assessment and Control (PHA/WRAC) – Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP) – Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) – Event Tree Analysis (ETA) – Level of Protection Analysis (LOPA) – Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) – Human Error Analysis (HEA)

14 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Trust Through Verification Verify key elements that ensure effectiveness of the hazard management program. Verify: – Safety Department and Safety Committee are performing hazard evaluation and categorization activities – CAPs are developed to address identified hazards and identify individuals responsible for implementation – Safety Department follows-up on outstanding CAPS

15 Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security Develop Tools Use technology to support the tracking of hazards and to help in their identification and management – , websites,1-800 services – Excel spreadsheets – Intranet-based systems – Access databases


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