Railway group - letter from the Chair

Message from the Chair – January 2019 – April 2019

Track worker safety

The number of near miss events on the line involving track workers shows no sign of abating and is causing concern to all in the industry including both the ORR and RAIB. Looking at the Think RISK video on safety central is frightening. What can members do to help? Please submit your thoughts on causes and solutions to the railway group committee via email to alison.nicolson@iosh.com


The revised and updated version of RM3 was launched by the ORR on 1 April 2019, and can be found here. The railway group were represented on the governance board and were able to make a significant contribution in helping to define what safety excellence looks like on the railways. The railway group committee can recommend this as a helpful document which can be used as a part of initiatives to promote safety management improvements.

Rail Conference

The next IOSH railway conference this year will on 19 November 2019 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Our theme this year is, 'All change for an even better safer railway'. This reflects the challenges faced by the industry in CP6. We are starting to engage a range of speakers who will address how standards of safety can be maintained and improved at a time of accelerating change.

Railway Awards

We are about to announce and invite submissions for the Railway awards 2019. This will follow the usual format. If you have any innovative safety projects which have contributed to rail safety we would like to hear from you. Click here

Williams Rail Review

We have submitted comment to the Williams Rail Review in response to their call for evidence on the assessment criteria. Our main concern is that the significance of safety to the success of the review is appropriately recognised and prioritised in the assessment criteria.

Fatigue Webinar

We held a webinar on fatigue management recently which has been well received. You can view this here. I want to thank Dan Basacikof RSSB who led the event.

Remember – you do not have to be an expert to host a webinar. If you have learning and experience which you believe could help other members, then please get in touch with to Alison Nicolson

Best wishes,

David Porter

Railway Group Chair