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Rail Safety Division

Rail Safety Division

The Rail Safety Division (RSD) conducts tasks such as tests for approval of the rail safety system, review of comprehensive pilot rail operation, qualification management of rail industry workers, dissemination of rail safety knowledge, comprehensive management of rail safety information, safety diagnosis of rail facilities, and safety and convenience evaluation of rail stations.


In order to eliminate social concerns over rail safety issues, the Railroad Safety Act was partially amended as of December 18, 2012 such that the safety management system governing the rail operator and rail facilities manager was overhauled into a preemptive, regular management system from a posteriori and limited system, and comprehensive pilot rail track operation was partially revised to remedy the current operational imperfections. This amendment also gave rise to the withdrawal of the previous comprehensive rail safety review system, and TS was additionally commissioned for tasks such as tests for approval of the rail safety system, preparation of draft for research, development, establishment, and revision of technical standards, regular and random inspection on the safety management system, review of comprehensive pilot rail operation, evaluation of results of rail facilities safety diagnosis, and safety and convenience evaluation of rail stations.

Task Overview

Tests for approval of rail safety system

On whether the rail operator has a rail safety management system to suit the safety management criteria as per the Railroad Safety Act

Review of comprehensive pilot rail operation

On whether the technical standards, safety of rail facilities, and trail operation system and appropriateness of preparation for normal operation based on the comprehensive pilot rail operation of the new or improved rail system require improvement in order to ensure the safe opening of the system

Certification of railroad car maintenance organization

Improving railroad car safety through tests on the appropriateness of criteria for certification of a railroad car maintenance organization and outsourcing the establishment of standard for operating a railroad car maintenance organization

Comprehensive management of rail safety information

Comprehensively managing rail safety information for the effective implementation of rail safety policies and providing the information to parties such as rail operators to prevent rail accidents and contribute to the establishment of effective rail safety policies

Establishment of railroad car history management information system

Controlling the entire lifecycle of a railroad car from its manufacture and operation to decommissioning to ensure the safety of rail operation and convenience of rail users

Dissemination of rail safety knowledge

Promoting the awareness of citizens and rail workers with regard to rail safety so that they will be more safety-conscious, at the same time developing and disseminating rail safety materials including overseas rail accident cases to prevent rail accidents

Qualification test management for rail industry workers

Categorizing railroad cars for the tiered licensing system while operating the rail control qualification system to train selectively rail engineers and rail controllers with excellent qualities in order to prevent accidents resulting from human errors

Safety diagnosis of rail facilities

Eliminating risk factors that may arise in the process of accessing rail services, operating rail facilities, and linking with other transport modes from the perspective of rail users while ensuring the convenience of the users

Safety and convenience evaluation of rail stations

Evaluating the safety and convenience of rail stations to ensure the safety of rail station users and improve the ease and convenience of use

Evaluation of rail safety control level

Evaluating the rail safety control level to lead to the voluntary safety enhancement of parties such as rail operators