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.


06 October 2022
Future Leaders: Get to know OSH industries — IOSH Railway Group


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.

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


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