Since 2006, the CERN Safety Rules comprise:
- Safety Regulations (SRs) that define the general Safety principles and responsibilities applicable to a given Safety domain. SRs are approved by the DG upon a recommendation by SAPOCO and are binding.
- General Safety Instructions (GSIs) that define the Safety principles and responsibilities for a specific field of activity or category of equipment within a Safety domain. GSIs are approved by the head of the HSE unit and are binding.
- Special Safety Instructions (SSIs) that define the Safety principles and responsibilities for a specific activity or type of equipment or component within a given field of activity or category of equipment. SSIs are approved by the head of the HSE unit and are binding.
The CERN Safety Rules are complemented by Safety Guidelines and Safety Forms.
- Safety Guidelines (SGs) provide detailed instructions as to the implementation of a CERN Safety Rule. Compliance with a Safety Guideline provides a presumption of conformity with the associated CERN Safety Rule. Unless a CERN Safety Rule stipulates it to be binding, deviation from a Safety Guideline is permitted but requires a demonstration to the HSE Unit that compliance with the relevant CERN Safety Rule is maintained.
- Safety Forms (SFs) are templates or checklists designed to facilitate the implementation of a CERN Safety Rule. Their use provides a presumption of conformity with the associated CERN Safety Rule.
Prior to 2006 the Safety Rules were composed of Safety Codes and Safety Instructions and Safety Notes. A programme of revision of the CERN Safety Rules is currently under way with a view to replace all Safety Codes, Safety Instructions and Safety Notes by 2006 type Safety Rules. Until their revision, the Safety Codes, Instructions and Notes remain applicable.
If you have questions and/or suggestions related to the CERN Safety Rules please contact: Safety-Rules.Secretariat@cern.ch