Cross Border Railway Operations: Improving Safety at Cultural Interfaces

This article describes the Safety Culture and Interfaces project of the International Union of Railways (UIC). This project is designed to assess and address the safety challenges related to interfaces between cultures and to improve the interoperability of railway systems across Europe. The project has piloted the safety method (called SafeCulture) in three railway organizations with positive evaluations from the participants, identifying several issues that could improve safety at interfaces. The authors stress that safety culture at interfaces must be considered as an integral part of the whole system, embracing environment, infrastructure, organization, individual and teamwork. The authors discuss some of the challenges involved: to motivate and get involvement from the relevant parties in the process; and to develop real commitment from the organizations that are involved to agree on common solutions. The authors describe the SafeCulture approach to these challenges which is to establish a qualitative method, consisting of questionnaires and exploration of scenarios where the involved parties feel confident of their knowledge and can be motivated to share experience.

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  • Authors:
    • Johnsen, S O
    • Vatn, J
    • Rosness, R
    • Herrera, I A
  • Publication Date: 2006-3


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  • Accession Number: 01050084
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2007 10:24AM