Current status: Closed
July 20, 2021 to September 20, 2021
In response to Recommendation 2 of the 2018 Railway Safety Act Review, Transport Canada has developed a Safety Culture Policy Statement.
The proposed policy statement is a 19-page document that defines the term "safety culture" and includes a framework that supports the concept. Both Transport Canada and the rail industry can use it to help better understand the challenges of creating a positive safety culture. It can also help identify things that need to be improved.
Who was the focus of this consultation?
All Canadians are invited to participate in the consultation. Those who may be especially interested in participating include:
- Railway companies
- The Rail Association of Canada
- Rail Unions
Key questions for discussion
- Do you think the Safety Culture Policy Statement will help improve safety in the industry? Why or why not?
- Do you agree with the positive and negative influences described in the Policy Statement for the promotion of a good safety culture framework? Why or why not?
What we heard
Report date: December 22, 2021
The Safety Culture Policy Statement was developed to help railway companies define and understand the positive and challenging aspects that affect safety culture.
The goal of this policy statement is to help the industry create strategies to improve rail safety and improve the effectiveness of the safety management system that they use.
- On whether the policy statement is a useful way to improve safety in the industry:
- a few respondents gave skeptical responses
- some respondents raised issues that related to other areas of rail safety (like operations), rather than the policy statement itself
- a few respondents suggested that Transport Canada should require rail companies to adopt the Safety Culture Policy Statement
- On whether respondents agreed with the positive and negative elements in the policy statement as a way of promoting a good safety culture framework:
- respondents felt that the current framework captures the most important parts of safety culture, and it is similar to the frameworks used by other high hazard industries
- the use of negative elements is redundant and could be confusing (in that, by improving the positive elements, it also includes improving the negative ones).
Transport Canada has reviewed and considered the feedback received through this consultation. We have since revised the policy statement to reflect the feedback received where appropriate.
Safety Culture Policy Statement
(PDF, 429 KB)
- Let's Talk Rail Safety – Safety Culture Policy Statement
- Transport Canada's response to the 2017-2018 Railway Safety Act review report
- Policy statement on Transport Canada's rail safety culture
- Measures to enhance railway safety and the safe transportation of dangerous goods
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