Railway group - letter from the Chair

Dear Railway Group Member, 

Once again, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, I hope this update finds you and your families well as the challenges continue for the Rail Industry which is affecting both our work and home life.  


Committee Activity -The Committee has produced two feature articles for Rail Professional, one is the Changing Face of Depot Safety   https://issuu.com/railpro/docs/rp_feb21_issue_269_issuu?fr=sNTY0ZjI2NDYxNjI 

 and a second, to be published in the May 2021 edition has been produced in collaboration with RSSB on the topic, What is a Safety Culture anyway?’ When this is published wwill provide a link and would welcome your views on this very debatable subject.  


IOSH Representation IOSH is represented on two high level rail industry committees. The RM3 Governance Board (RM3GB) and The Rail Industry Health and Safety Advisory Committee (RIHSAC). In February David Porter and I attend these meetingsAt RIHSAC, David raised our concerns with respect to track worker’s safety, this after incidents at Margam and Nottingham where track workers were killed from being struck by a train These incidents were followed by further near miss incidents warranting investigation by RAIB. We have plans to deliver a track worker safety webinar shortly.  I have been contributing to the RM3 GB Training proposals which should be introduced by the ORR later this year. We believe the link between RM3 is evident in the RAIB report into Margam. 


2021 Railway Conference Our 2021 Railway Conference, ‘Getting Back on Track,’ will be held o23rd and 24th November 2021It is currently planned as an online eventPlease save the save dates as details will follow.  


IOSH Railway Group Survey - As part of our aspirations to consider how we can improve our engagement with you, we issued a short survey in February. The response has been excellent, providing us with an understanding of the rail activities you are engaged in, and importantly, what you would like your committee to focus on. The results were discussed at the April committee meeting last week and Vice Chair, Russel Kier will publish the findings along with proposed actions next week. Look out for this informative Survey!  


The International Railway AwardsAs advised in my last update we will use the opportunity in 2021 to recognise the IOSH Railway Group members, individually, or as part of a team, who have positively responded to the pandemic to support their organisations, or the community. The International Railway Awards criteria will be published in May with a simplified application process 


Committee Membership 

We are pleased to have received applications to join our committee, and we welcome two new members.  Caroline Meek brings a wealth of experience from Network Rail and Keith Lyall brings his Light Rail perspective to the committee. Further details will be published on our committee page. 


And finally-Thank you to those who have supported Des Lowe’s fundraising challenge Freddie, his grandson is undergoing invasive treatment for a rare cancerDes is in training for the Manchester Marathon in October, with a half marathon ‘training’ session in advance of this. Please follow the link to: Des's Story to read the latest update, 


Please contact the IOSH Rail Group if you have specific matters you would like to raise with us by email through our IOSH Relationship Managertina.lee@iosh.com 


Yours sincerely, 

Ed Hodson Chair – IOSH Railway Group Committee