Ask a railway safety officer: Are rail crew observations part of a railway safety audit?


Technical Safety BC’s Railway Safety Program has recently reviewed their audit process. The review emphasizes the need to ensure railway crews perform their tasks safely and in accordance with industry best practice. Therefore railways have been instructed to have a rail crew on standby to carry out switching operations for the railway safety officer when they are onsite performing job observations as part of the annual audit.

Job observations provide Technical Safety BC with the ability to review training effectiveness, ensuring rail crews conduct tasks in a safe manner and in accordance to all applicable railway rules.

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