Presentation from the 2014 FTPA/FDOT/CUTR Professional Development Workshop and Transit Safety Summit (Tampa, FL)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

Presented by: Lisa Staes and Roberta Yegidis, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

FTA has established and will enforce Safety Management Systems (SMS) as its new safety regulatory framework. With a focus on safety policy, formal hazard identification methods, continuous safety risk assessment, effective safety reporting systems, and targeted safety training, SMS provides the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies, and procedures to optimally manage safety.

The SMS structure is based on four functional pillars for improved organization-wide safety performance: safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. Put simply, the goal of SMS is to ensure that public transit agencies have a strategic decision-making process to proactively identify, prioritize, and control emerging safety risks before those risks become critical system failures.

This session will discuss FTA’s Safety Management Systems (SMS) approach to transit system safety including the four functional pillars and will include examples of how FTA’s safety management systems framework is reflected in current transit agency best practices and how it can naturally be incorporated into the safety culture of a transit agency.  An extended opportunity for Q & A will be afforded participants. | View Presentation

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