In addition to its Notified Body role, the Certification team have also been performing Assessment Body services for Rail for London (RfL), the infrastructure owner and manager of the new railway, in an assignment that is particularly notable in that it covers the Safety Management System (SMS).
The Common Safety Method Risk Assessment and Evaluation Regulation (CSM RA) is typically applied to engineering assets of new or changed railways, but its scope can extend to Infrastructure Managers when a significant change being made.
In this instance the changes relate to the SMS - the organisation's documented approach to managing the railway's operation in line with its own safety requirements. As RfL is a completely new organisation, it is not a case of modifying an existing SMS, creating a situation classed as a 'significant' and requiring oversight by an AsBo.
The scope of the AsBo work covers four key areas: organisation, engineering, operations and maintenance. Assessment work on compliance with the CSM RA Regulation is performed across each area, requiring various inputs from technical and operational experts within the Ricardo team, and use has been made by RfL of the Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3) in developing their SMS (which the AsBo has taken into account).
As the project progresses, our role has also involved observing how the work on the engineering elements, currently performed by Crossrail Limited, is handed over to RfL and how the management systems and processes of each organisation handles the transfer to ensure that safety requirements are addressed and risk is managed across the whole railway.