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October 25, 2006

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Tackling critical rail issues

Safety on the railways will come under the spotlight at a major conference being held on 29 November.

Entitled ‘Safety decision making in today’s railway’ the rail industry conference 2006 is your opportunity to hear from senior professionals on the critical issues facing today’s rail industry. It’s also an opportunity to debate the challenges faced by the industry with other rail professionals, regulators and health and safety experts. Organised by the Railway Specialist Group (RSG) and sponsored by QBE, the conference takes place at Glaziers Hall in London.

Chairman of the Railway SG, Ben Keen, said: “Following the success of our event last year we decided to make this an annual fixture. The good work done by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) in publishing ‘How safe is safe enough’, has sought to tackle some of the longstanding challenges the rail industry faces in making consistently safe decisions, every day.

“That document brings together a single overview of good practice in making decisions that affect safety. With a sequel to the document due for publication in late 2006, this year’s event will bring together railway safety professionals and key speakers to network and explore the background to safety decision making on the railways.”

Speakers at the event include:

– Nigel Harris, managing editor of Rail magazine;

– Rob Andrews, Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), speaking on ‘Policy and planning — applying reasonable practicability in safety and economic regulation’;

– George Bearfield, Railway Safety Standards Board (RSSB), who will talk about ‘How safe is safe enough’ and update on progress with its sequel;

– Lord Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group, who will speak on ‘How much is too much — why spend more?’;

– Linda Williams, from Her Majesty’s Railway Inspectorate (HMRI), who will talk about ‘regulation on the front line — what an inspector expects’.

Breakout sessions will also provide updates on the newly launched Rail Industry Supplier Accreditation Scheme (RISAS) and the re-launched Confidential Incident Reporting Analysis System (CIRAS) scheme.

To book, or for more information, please contact the Events team on 0116 257 3231, email [email protected] or visit www.iosh.co.uk/events Tickets cost £149 + VAT for IOSH members, and £175 + VAT for non members. Bookings must be received by 15 November.

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