An Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) is a service undertaken by a third party to confirm that a product, system or entire railway meets recognised industry, legal and regulatory standards that relate to safety.
It can encompass the safety assessment and audit of any design, manufacture, installation, testing and safety documentation for the engineering systems, and extend to any procedures, preparations and safety policies in place ahead of a railway's entry into service or a product's release to the market.
Appointing an ISA demonstrates that your business is committed to operating in a safe, sustainable and efficient manner.
What are the benefits of Independent Safety Assessments?
By proving that the safety aspects of your products or systems have been subjected to rigorous and continual oversight by a third party with no financial interest or connection to the project, you are sending a reassuring message of transparency to passengers, regulators, investors and employees.
At relevant milestones in your project the Ricardo ISA team will perform reviews of key documentation - such as Safety Cases - looking for satisfactory evidence to demonstrate that:
- The assets or systems have been designed to be safe and can be operated and maintained safely.
- Products have been manufactured / constructed / installed in accordance with the design.
- Testing has validated that the system’s performance is consistent with the safety requirements of the project sponsor, owner, operator and any regulatory authorities.
Ricardo can provide an international team of experts to provide the broad experience and depth of technical competencies required to ensure an efficient and unobtrusive delivery of the assessments and audits. Other domain experts from Ricardo's 600-strong rail technical services will also be available to support the core team whenever circumstances require.