Updated guidance on safety

HSG216 Passenger-carrying miniature railways – Guidance on safe practice has been the principal safety guidance for passenger-carrying miniature railways since the document’s publication by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2002. However it is no longer part of HSE’s guidance suite as it was withdrawn seven years ago during the HSE’s review of its guidance.

Model engineering associations, federations and societies together with operators of commercial miniature railways and the miniature railway suppliers and traders realised that a replacement guidance document was essential in order to avoid miniature railways being dealt with alongside fairgrounds and amusement parks. As a result a new group, the Passenger Carrying Miniature Railway Safety Group (PCMRSG) was established in 2017 with the objective of drafting a new guide for the safe operation of passenger carrying miniature railways. The group includes 10¼” Gauge Railway Society, 7¼” Gauge Society, Heywood Society, Midland Federation of Model Engineers, Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies, Northern Association of Model Engineers, Britain’s Great Little Railways, National Railway Museum and several manufacturers/suppliers of passenger carrying miniature railway equipment.

Drafting of a new safety guide was no easy task and the Group thanks those who responded with comments on a draft guidance. Over 150 comments and suggestions were received and all were considered.

In addition to close contact with businesses, clubs, societies and individuals the Group has benefited from regular input and assistance from the HSE and thanks to them must be recorded.

The new safety guide, HS2020 – Managing health and safety at passenger-carrying miniature railways, which has been fully endorsed by HSE, is now complete and available here.

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