Safety assurance is the process of monitoring and measuring how your SMS is performing. It’s about looking at the things you’re doing to manage safety to see what’s working well and what isn’t. The information you gather through different safety assurance activities allows you to make changes to your SMS and ensure it’s continuously improving.
One key part of safety assurance is checking that the measures and controls you’ve put in place are doing what you need them to do. To confirm this, it’s important to carry out regular monitoring through investigations, audits and inspections of the tasks and processes that apply to your business and identify whether any additional controls are required.
The NHVR is currently developing guidance to help you carry out safety assurance activities. This will be available here soon. Make sure you subscribe to our On the Road e-newsletter to hear when these materials become available.