HSG 216 – This Affects You

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This document - Passenger Carrying Miniature Railways, Guidance on Safe Practice (HSG 216) was issued by the HSE in 2001, has been a core document for guidance on best safe practice in our hobby
It has been used by the authorities, litigants and many in the hoby as a benchmark to the current day and is is considered a very fair and succesful document
Unfortunately it seems we have to devise an up to date document for use by HSE
Members will be aware that there is a standing committee, the Passenger Carrying Miniature Railway Safety Group (PCMRSG) composed of representatives from the different sectors of our hobby working to rewrite the above document and get it accepted by the Inspectorate
The society has representation on this committee and VIEWS THE RIGHT OUTCOME AS VITAL FOR THE HOBBY
Your committee is of the opinion that there is no reason to change the principles contained in the HSG216. We should continue to rely on a risk assessment approach which takes into consideration the individual circumstances of each miniature railway within its scope.  Thus all that is required is an updating 
Unfortunately there is a body of opinion that believes a prescriptive approach is a better solution.  Your committee fundamentally disagrees, no set of rules can cater for the diverse nature of our hobby
However the committee does feel that a programme of education is needed to enable the hobby to see the benefits of embracing a risk assessment approach
The committee discussed this matter at length at the committee meeting on the 25th February 2017 and gave the Societies representative on PCMRSG the following mandates:
"The 71/4" Committee wish to guide our MELG Representative FC that we feel a programme of education throughout the hobby including seminars and the issuing of generic Risk Assessments and supporting documents to all clubs and railways that wish to attend so they can formalise their systems."
"MELG to inform the HSE that the matter is under active consideration, regarding HSG 216, and we propose to have a series of seminars, to educate members of the hobby."
The committee urges all members to consider the implications of this matter and make your views known 

This document - Passenger Carrying Miniature Railways, Guidance on Safe Practice (HSG 216) was issued by the HSE in 2001, has been a core document for guidance on best safe practice in our hobby

It has been used by the authorities, litigants and many in the hobby as a benchmark to the current day and is is considered a very fair and succesful document

Unfortunately it seems we have to devise an up to date document for use by HSE

Members will be aware that there is a standing committee, the Passenger Carrying Miniature Railway Safety Group (PCMRSG) composed of representatives from the different sectors of our hobby working to rewrite the above document and get it accepted by the Inspectorate

The society has representation on this committee and VIEWS THE RIGHT OUTCOME AS VITAL FOR THE HOBBY

Your committee is of the opinion that there is no reason to change the principles contained in the HSG216. We should continue to rely on a risk assessment approach which takes into consideration the individual circumstances of each miniature railway within its scope.  Thus all that is required is an updating 

Unfortunately there is a body of opinion that believes a prescriptive approach is a better solution.  Your committee fundamentally disagrees, no set of rules can cater for the diverse nature of our hobby

However the committee does feel that a programme of education is needed to enable the hobby to see the benefits of embracing a risk assessment approach

The committee discussed this matter at length at the committee meeting on the 25th February 2017 and gave the Societies representative on PCMRSG the following mandates:

"The 71/4" Committee wish to guide our MELG Representative FC that we feel a programme of education throughout the hobby including seminars and the issuing of generic Risk Assessments and supporting documents to all clubs and railways that wish to attend so they can formalise their systems."

"MELG to inform the HSE that the matter is under active consideration, regarding HSG 216, and we propose to have a series of seminars, to educate members of the hobby."

The committee urges all members to consider the implications of this matter and make your views known 

 

 
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