OTTAWA, Nov. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, attended a Transport Canada National Rail Safety Management System (SMS) and education and awareness programs workshop on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, to highlight his support for ongoing training within the department.
Designed for Transport Canada's railway safety inspectors, auditors, and awareness program officers, the national workshop reinforces the fundamental principles of Safety Management Systems, supports ongoing learning, and ensures a national approach to regulatory enforcement. The visit allowed Mr. Miller to engage first-hand with employees working to ensure a strong safety system.
- The National Rail Safety Management System and Education and Awareness Programs workshop is taking place from November 25 to 27, 2014.
- The workshop provides the opportunity for TC employees to further their understanding of new SMS regulations and their implementation.
- Since 2001, federal railway companies have been required to have an SMS.
- An SMS does not replace any regulations, rules or standards. It is a system that helps companies better comply with federal legislation and make safety an organization-wide priority.
"Maintaining safety in the railway system requires Transport Canada employees learn and improve on their skills whenever possible. Today they are working together, enhancing their skills and knowledge, in order to apply the new regulation on safety management systems consistently across the country, reinforcing the department's commitment to rail safety. I was pleased to be able to see first-hand the training that Transport Canada officials take part in to maintain a safe railway system in Canada."
Member of Parliament, Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information: Ashley Kelahear, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055