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 Safety Department


The Railway Safety Review Committee in their report has observed “The department of Safety should mostly act as a catalyst and each executive department responsible for running the trains must own the task of monitoring safety. The prime objective should be to prevent accidents and for this purpose meticulous technical work needed to arrive at the precise causes / remedies. Thereafter pro-active preventive action will need to be instituted and relentlessly pursued. A sense of involvement in the subject will need to be developed in each department.” Railway Safety Review Committee, while reviewing the efficacy of Safety Organization on the Railways have also recommended that Safety department should be made broad–based & suitable officers from Traffic, Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Signalling & Electrical departments should be posted as Safety officers at all levels. The recommendations were accepted by the Board.  It has also been decided that Chief Safety officer in Headquarter of each Zone may be drawn from any of the five major departments. Accordingly, instructions to broad base the safety organization at the Zonal Railways were issued in 2003.

At Head Quarters level, safety organisation is headed by Chief Safety officer, who directly reports to General Manager. CSO is assisted by five Dy. Chief Safety officers, one each drawn from five major disciplines viz. Traffic, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Signal & Telecommunication Departments.

Right to Information ACT-2005 " 

        "सूचना अधिकार अधिनियम -2005" 

सूचना अधिकार अधिनियम -2005 के सेक्शन 4(1)(ब) के अंतर्गत जानकारी /सूचना

Information of Western Railway HQ Safety Department in reference to Section 4(1)(b) of Right to Information ACT- 2005





The particulars of its organization, functions and duties

The department of Safety act cell as a catalyst for improving Safety in the Indian Railways. At Head Quarters level, safety organisation is headed by the Chief Safety officer, who directly reports to the General Manager. CSO is assisted by five Dy. Chief Safety officers, one each drawn from five major Departments viz. Traffic, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Signal & Telecommunication Departments.

Click for Safety Organisation Chart


The powers and duties of its officers and employees

Duties of Safety Department officials are as under:

 i) Preserve all clues and evidences regarding probable cause of the accident and ensure that these do not get disturbed till police clearance is received.

ii) Ensure that video/still photographs by digital cameras are taken as required.

iii) Ensure that joint measurements, observations are recorded in the prescribed Performa before restoration work begins.

iv) Ensure that unaffected rolling stock is moved away from the site and thereafter stabled at convenient location for further examination during accident inquiry.

v) Ensure that evidence of train staff; station staff and public are recorded on the spot.

vi) Addresses of passengers willing to give statements later should also be obtained.

vii) Ensure that special trains are sent into the accident affected block section according to the sequence as detailed in Chapter 22, Section 3 of disaster Management Plan.

viii) Keeping Accident Statistics, Inspections, Dealing RTI Cases, CPGRAMS, Parliament question, Union dealing, Processing Awards to Railway Staff ensuring Safety, Publication of Sanraksha Sandesh , Arranging Safety Campaign to sensitize Railway Users and Public to reduce accident cases.


As per Para -809 of Accident Manual Duties of Divisional Safety Officer are as under :-

(A) Proceed to the site of accident by first available means. (B) Preserve the clues. (C) Ensure that front and rear portions are cleared from the site. (D) Ensure marshalling of the crane before the ART reaches site. (E) Ensure joint measurements etc. in prescribed proforma. (F) Ensure evidence of train staff, station staff and public is taken on the spot. Addresses of passengers, who are willing to give statements later, should also be obtained. (G) The required vehicles are kept for enquiry as per rules. (H) Plan for efficient movement of ART, engine, tower wagon, etc. between site and station for quicker restoration. (I) Ensure that the log diary at the site is maintained properly with details and that the Field telephone is manned. (J) Produce public witnesses and advise S.P. and DM in time, issue press notification in local press when advised by CSO, in case of CRS Enquiry.


The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;

As detailed in Disaster Management Plan & Accident Manual


the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions

The general procedural instructions are also reiterated/ issued from time to time. (click for Accident Manual & Disaster Management Plan)


The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions;

As detailed in Disaster Management Plan & Accident Manual



 A statement of the categories of the documents that are held by it or under its control;

The Policy letters are available at Railway Board’s web site.


Such other information as may be prescribed.

Other Information given below


Safety Chart


Telephone Nos.




Check List of Safety Inspection 

हिन्दी मे चेकलिस्ट 


Disaster Management Plan-2015


Sanraksha Sandesh:April-June2013,July-Sept2013,Oct-Dec-2013 JAN-MAR 14, APR-JUNE14, July to Sept-14 ,Oct to Dec14 , Jan-Mar-2015, Apr-June-2015


Safety Drive: Railway Board and Spl-2013-14,2014-15& 2015-16


Safety Drive Calendar-2014-15,2015-16


Safety Information Management System


Safety Calendar- 2014,2015


Safety Department Office Charter








Source : Western Railway CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 27-02-2017  

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