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November 3, 2005

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Rail industry event- Keeping track of accountability

‘Policy into Practice’, a conference organised by the Railway Specialist Group and sponsored by QBE Insurance, takes place on 6 December at Glazier’s Hall in London.

Rail safety has once again been in the media spotlight thanks to the Hatfield trial, so what better time to bring railway professionals together to discuss health and safety? IOSH has invited key people from rail operating companies as well as legal, insurance and health and safety professionals, to discuss regulation and the future of the industry. It will be an unrivalled opportunity to network and discuss important issues facing the railway sector.

“Rail is an industry that has seen great change over the last couple of decades, and the future will inevitably see further changes,” Bill Bircham, of the RSG, commented. “We’ve got to prepare for these now and ‘Policy into practice’ will be a key way to gain an insight into the challenges that we face.”

Senior representatives from train-operating companies will be addressing major concerns for the industry, looking at regulation in the past, how it operates now, and what the future holds. Their debate promises to be one of the highlights of the day.

Lawrence Waterman, who will be introducing and closing the conference, urges all railway professionals to attend: “We have a responsibility to our employees, and to our passengers, to make every effort to secure their safety.”

Speakers include:

* Carolyn Griffiths, chief inspector of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB);

* Steve Bliss, head of northern operations, HMRI;

* John Nelson, chairman of First Class Partnership;

* Christopher Garnett, chief executive, GNER;

* Carole Lehman, head of transport research, MORI;

* Mike Strzelecki, safety director, London Underground;

* Mark Humphries, from event supporter QBE Insurance;

* Gerard Forlin, barrister, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square.

The conference costs £175 + VAT for IOSH members, £195 + VAT for non-members. To book your place please contact Colette Walley on 0116 257 3166 or e-mail [email protected]

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided for delegates.

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