New dates for UK rail industry CSM training course

New dates for UK rail industry CSM training course
01 March 2018

Understanding the CSM Regulation and the risk assessment framework

Ricardo's rail experts are hosting another training course focused on the implementation of the Common Safety Method regulation within the UK rail environment on April 25th-26th 2018. The course will be held in the Derby area.

Since launching in 2012, our CSM on Risk Evaluation and Assessment courses have welcomed over 1,000 attendees from across the UK industry.

Comprised of two one-day units that can be attended together or separately, the course provides engineers, managers and others involved in safety-related projects with a detailed understanding of the regulatory framework, their responsibilities and how they fit within the broader context of Engineering Safety Management principles and best practice.

The course also includes a module describing the specific Network Rail application as detailed in their Level 2 Module NR/L3/RSE/100/02. This module is invaluable to anyone working on projects that are required to be compliant with Network Rail processes, as well as providing a case study of how an organization can apply CSM in practice.


If you are involved with changes to the UK railway, you need to have an understanding of how to manage risks. The European Commission Common Safety Method (CSM) on Risk Evaluation and Assessment Regulation (352/2009 repealed by 402/2013 (as amended 2015/1136)) provides a legal obligation and mandatory framework for the evaluation and assessment of risk associated with engineering, operational and organisational changes to the railway.

The objective of our course programme is to provide delegates with an understanding of the CSM Regulation, the risk assessment framework, and guidance on implementation for engineering changes. In addition, as Network Rail is the largest single practitioner of the CSM in the UK, the course also summarises their specific approach to the application of CSM.

Unit 1 – CSM overview and context

Unit 1 provides an introduction and overview of CSM, including its context within European and UK legislation and the broader aspects of Engineering Safety Management (ESM). On its own, Unit 1 provides an overview of the regulatory framework, European and UK guidance, risk management principles and CSM.  It also provides an update on CSM for experienced practitioners who are already familiar with ESM. Unit 1 includes consideration of Network Rail’s specific approach to the application of CSM which serves as an example of how an organisation can apply CSM in practice.

Unit 2 – Implementing explicit risk estimation

Unit 2 is aimed at delegates who have already attended Unit 1, and provides greater detail on implementing risk assessment from first principles within the CSM framework. Comprehensive guidance on implementation is provided throughout and all attendees will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the main techniques involved. This Unit is aimed at those new to risk assessment and also to more experienced practitioners requiring a refresher course on risk assessment within a CSM context.

The course content is supported by a range of documents that will serve as ideal reference material for future use.

Unit 1 delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.  Unit 2 includes a multiple choice examination covering both Units 1 and 2, with a certificate issued to delegates who pass the examination. Alternatively, delegates may elect to receive a certificate of attendance.


The interactive course is delivered by experienced CSM practitioners, with lectures interspersed with practical exercises.

Both public and private courses are offered. The public course is scheduled to suit demand, and individual places can be booked by delegates. The private course is offered for a specific client and is typically delivered at their premises.

To book or for more information

Please contact Julia Shipley, the Course Administrator, on +44 (0)1332 268728 or via email at


Unit 1 – CSM Overview and Context

Module 1 – CSM Overview, Context and Significance Decision

  • Brief background of ESM within mainline rail
  • Brief overview / reminder of key risk assessment terms
  • EU and UK Legislation
  • CSM overview
  • CSM in context with broader aspects of ESM
  • CSM Significance Decision

Module 2 – CSM Framework for Significant Changes

Each of the CSM stages for a Significant Change will be reviewed to provide a more detailed understanding of what is required.

Module 3 – Network Rail Application

  • Overview
  • Deciding Who is Proposer
  • Accountabilities, Responsibilities and Competence
  • Network Rail specific points by each stage of the CSM
  • Mapping to Lifecycle Stages

Unit 2 – Implementing Explicit Risk Estimation

  • Brief Overview of Unit 1
  • Qualitative versus quantitative approach to risk assessment
  • The 7-Stage risk assessment process.
    • Stage 1 – Hazard Identification & Classification
    • Stage 2 – Causal Analysis
    • Stage 3 – Consequence Analysis
    • Stage 4 – Loss Analysis
    • Stage 5 – Options Analysis
    • Stage 6 – Impact Analysis
    • Stage 7 – Demonstration of ALARP and Compliance
  • Topics related to Risk Assessment
  • Consideration of CSM with EN50129