Management of Change

Type of product being suggested:
Title of product being suggested:
Management of Change
Date of suggestion:
March 17
Reason for suggestion:
There is an opportunity in the industry given the amount of change happening, and the gap between existing guidance materials.
Sponsored by RISSB Standing Committee:
Safety Standing Committee
Scope of the project
The scope of the project is the production of a standard in accordance with RISSB’s accredited development process.
Scope of the Standard
The Rail Safety National Law – National Regulations requires organisations to effectively manage change (and mitigate risks SFAIRP). ONRSR have guidance regarding Major Projects which articulates their expectations, but managing change applies to all changes, not just major projects. Providing a standard (or similar) on how to effectively manage change that affect railway operations would support all organisations in understanding and delivering on this.
Hazard identification:
2.1 Loss of accreditation
2.1.9 The failure to follow appropriate risk management processes
2.1.10 The failure to identify and document major hazards across operations
2.1.23 The lack of effective change control systems
2.1.24 The failure to implement effective change management systems


Safety risk
The law not only requires that the railway operates safely, but also that ‘changes’ affecting safety are managed in a way that keeps safety risk down so far as is reasonably practicable. This is a condition of the accreditation that rail companies have.
Interoperability / harmonisation
This standard would promote consistency of approach in change management and generally raise the bar for safety across the industry.
Periods of change increase the vulnerability for accidents. Improved safety is not just a good thing to have. Accidents are expensive, and avoiding them also avoids those costs. If you think safety is expensive, try an accident – Sir Stelios, founder of easyjet.