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Railway Group recent events

Following our events a brief review will be published by the Group Committee and Railway Group Members will be able to view and download (where possible) the presentations from the event.

2021

23 November 2021 - 25 November 2021 - Virtual International Railway Group Conference 2021: Back on Track

Welcome to the second virtual Railway Group Conference, as the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter for the rail industry in UK and beyond.  This year's conference will take place as a series of webinars over 3 days.

‘Back on Track’ is a phrase which may be overused in a post Covid environment, as the UK Rail Industry gets the chance to consider the Williams-Shapps Plan for Great British Railways. Whilst improving performance and increasing passenger expectations are clearly a focus in the plan, we get the opportunity to hear how Mark Phillips, the CEO at RSSB, responds to the Williams Shapps White Paper. Ali Chegini, RSSB Director of System Safety & Health, will give us a perspective of Health, Safety & Sustainability in Great British Railways and the 30 Year Plan. We ask if the recommendations can be delivered without detriment to safety. A great test for the ‘Management of Change‘ is on the horizon.

Following the Margam accident in July 2019, where two workers were struck and fatally injured by a passenger train, track worker safety featured significantly in our 2020 conference. Therefore, it is no coincidence that we have invited Nick Millington, Safety Taskforce Director, Network Rail, to return and report back on what has happened since then. Improvements were promised, but have they been delivered?

Getting ‘Back on Track’ may often mean going back to basics and refreshing our understanding of hazard and risk. We take an international perspective and welcome Professor Vincent Ho and Alex Lau, from Hong Kong, to give us a view on how ‘intelligent safety’ is being used to apply new technology for staff and passenger safety on the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR).

The contribution of Women in Rail has been very well recognised in the last few years. We welcome two women to our conference, who have made great contributions to the industry.

  • Dr. Emma Taylor, from RazorSecure, has highlighted the importance of an integrated approach to cyber safety and security. Following her IOSH webinar earlier this year IOSH Railway Group, the presentation at this conference will provide further clarity on this critical subject
  • Louise Ward, European Safety and Sustainability Director at G&W Group will reflect on how railway employees have adapted to provide services in circumstances, never imagined two years ago. In “Learning lessons from our Covid Experience”, Louise explains how COVID has changed the perception of health and safety, and risks and opportunities in the ‘new normal’ and looks at opportunities to strengthen and futureproof the health and safety profession in the rail industry.

The IOSH Railway Group Committee look forward to welcoming you to our 2nd Virtual International Railway Group Conference.

Ed Hodson - Chair IOSH Railway Group

June 2021 - Digital systems in the modern railway – vulnerabilities and opportunities
Dr Emma Taylor, Head of Digital Safety, RazorSecure

Cyber threats are increasing, and becoming more sophisticated with new capabilities.  By understanding where the potential risks are, and how a cyber incident could be used to affect the integrity of a rolling stock network and its systems, this webinar allows you to better understand the important role cyber security plays in the safe running of the rail industry, and feel more able to engage with  IT and cyber security colleagues and work towards an integrated approach on safety and cyber security.

2019

June 2019 - Heritage Tour at St Pancras

On 12 June, High Speed 1 hosted an IOSH Railway Group tour at St Pancras International train station. The tour was led by Jay Newton and Josie Murray of High Speed 1 and covered over 150 years of St. Pancras’ history, from design and construction through to present day.

Areas of significance were highlighted which now form part of the strict heritage requirements that need to be met in the ongoing maintenance of the building. These heritage aspects were discussed with the group to give an appreciation of the challenges of operating St Pancras International. The tour concluded with a visit to the roof to look over to the top of the station and how it sits in the landscape of London.

April 2019 -Dan Basacik RSSB, 'Managing Fatigue'

On 16 April 2019, the IOSH Railway Group hosted a webinar on managing fatigue. The webinar was a great opportunity to discuss the research, advisory documents and tools available from RSSB to support effective fatigue management for the rail industry. Thank you to all of those that joined us for the webinar and enjoyed the session.

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can now view the materials. Click on the link to learn from industry experts on the key factors affecting fatigue, how to effectively manage it and where to locate additional help and guidance.

2018

08 February 2018 - Judith Devlin webinar, 'Managing sleep and fatigue on railway projects'

To view additional IOSH webinars, please visit the new webinars page.

2017

09 November 2017 - Rail Industry Conference
IOSH hosted the annual railway industry conference at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel in Nottingham.

12 October 2017 - Using the Railway Management Maturity Model (RM3)