Rail Safety and Standards Board




The Rail Safety and Standards Board is the independent safety, standards and research body for Great Britain’s rail network. We help to make an evolving railway safer, more efficient and more sustainable.

What we do

We work collaboratively with an evolving industry to ensure that innovative and sustainable technology is operated safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. We codify and share best practice, both in Britain and abroad.

We are proudly impartial, and home to some of rail’s leading experts on technical matters. Guided by facts and analysis, we help to bridge knowledge gaps, optimise use of the latest technology and disseminate and systemise industry best practice.

With so many businesses and organisations contributing to an increasingly dynamic system, our skills and experience in collaborating with operators and innovators, co-ordinating research and development, and codifying technical knowledge will be crucial for the rail network. With the help of the industry, we ensure that its users enjoy the benefits of rail for decades to come.


We guide and deliver safety, standards and research outputs on infrastructure, passenger and public safety, rolling stock, safety intelligence, sustainable development, taking safe decisions, workforce health and wellbeing and workforce safety.


Our services are wide-ranging and include things designed to improve industry performance, standards, risk analysis and safety reporting, research, development and innovation. Some examples are The Rule Book, Railway Industry Standards, Rail Social Value Tool, The Precursor indicator Model, Consultancy services, training and many more.

Working for RSSB

We are helping to guide rail through times of great change. You can play a part in contributing to the rail industry through the many opportunities we offer.  We value our staff, and we are committed to creating a workplace which is inclusive to everyone. We offer a great working environment which includes smart working, and you can expect to work with supportive colleagues. Furthermore, we offer a competitive benefits package to ensure you can achieve your best throughout your journey with us and a culture where you can expect autonomy, collaboration and expertise as well as brilliant opportunities for personal and professional development.


We value our staff and we offer a competitive benefits package to ensure our staff can achieve their best with us. This includes 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays); a holiday buy and sell scheme; private medical and dental cover; a season ticket loan and travel subsidy; access to a cycle to work scheme; volunteer leave; a performance related bonus, pension and Smart Working opportunities.

Flexible Working

We understand the importance of work-life balance and we offer our staff the flexibility to work within our core hours and the option to vary their location between both the office and home. If you are looking for further flexibility, speak to us at interview stage so that we can consider your request

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We recognise the value of a diverse workforce in achieving our vision and acknowledge that we are likely to perform our best when we feel understood, valued and respected. We are committed to respecting diversity and creating a workplace which is inclusive to everyone that works for and with us.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion includes ensuring it is at the heart of everything we do.