Past 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.

Judith Devlin webinar, ‘Managing sleep and fatigue on railway projects’

Date: 08 February 2018



Additional questions answered

Rail Industry Conference

Date: 09 November 2017

IOSH hosted the annual railway industry conference at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel in Nottingham.

Using the Railway Management Maturity Model (RM3)

Date: 12 October 2017

Webinar recording


Mental health, safety and reporting

Date: 19 October 2016

You can now view resources from the October presentation on the links between mental health, safety and confidential reporting:

Download the presentation

View the webinar recording

Webinar recording

User Worked Crossings – Understanding the risks’

Date: 24 August 2016


Event introduction – Alan Plom

Crossing the Railway – Adam Meredith

Safety at rail crossings – Tim Clark

Supplementary information:

Gatecare – Pogo system

ORR - Railway Level Crossings on Farms Safety notice

ORR - User Worked Railway Level Crossings, devising a safe system

ORR - Strategy for regulation of health and safety risks

Route area map

Corporate Responsibility for Pedestrian Risks at Level Crossings

Further information can also be found on the ORR website

Incident Management, Response and Investigation

Date: 19 May 2016

The event was held at the London Transport Museum, Acton with around 60 delegates and speakers attending. The presentations consisted of three morning sessions with the attendees divided into three groups attending each one in turn, and then three afternoon sessions for the three groups again.

First in the morning, Sam Watters of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) gave an insight into life as emergency responders to LUL with the vision of Restore, Safely and Efficiently. We got to learn about the roles and responsibilities and the types of incidents attended, as well as public events. Competency requirements and procedure were discussed and the slogan ‘Everyone Returns Unharmed’.

Next up was Rowan Joachim of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) who gave an interesting presentation on the significant rail accidents that brought about changes and how the Branch came to be following the Ladbroke Grove train crash. She then discussed some of the different cases investigated and the common issues. Rowan described the types of accidents investigated and the techniques used along with the guiding principles and benefits gained. She summed up with a series of statistics on the accidents investigated and recommendations.

Finally in the morning, Simon Milburn gave a presentation on ‘Emergency Response and Command’ in London Underground. Simon first gave an overview of the numbers of journeys on LUL and then talked about the Gold/Silver/Bronze categories of formal incident management.
He talked about Emergency and Incident Capability, Incident and Event Support as well as planning. Simon finally summed up with customer communication and future opportunities.

The afternoon was more interactive with some practical demonstration by the ERU, which was great fun, and a guided tour of the museum, sandwiching a presentation by CIRAS keeping everyone up to date with how this organisation is developing.

All in all, an excellent value event for all attendees.

Incident Management Response and Investigation 

Incident Management Response and Investigation 

The Railway Group Annual Conference

Date: 25 November 2015

Please view the conference page to read all about the Rail Industry Conference 2015.

Greater Manchester Light Rail Event

Date: 7 October 2015

The organisations behind Greater Manchester’s rapidly-expanding light railway network say ongoing safety and health training has helped them to keep staff out of harm’s way.

Past event photo 

Past event photo

Past event photo

Past event photo

With the network more than trebling in size in the recent years, a new depot has been built to accommodate and maintain a growing fleet of trams.

But, despite the potential challenges brought about by operating large machinery and manual handling, the organisations can boast an excellent safety record.

Ben Kershaw, Health, Safety and Environment Manager at the network’s operator, Metrolink RATP Dev, said among the ways this has been achieved is ensuring that depot staff have training from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

He said: “The size of the network has increased significantly over the years from just one line back in 1992 to the seven lines we operate today, and with this expansion the occupational safety and health challenges we face have also grown. However, we’ve been able to manage safely the introduction of new processes and procedures, which has resulted in an excellent safety record at the company.”   

Ben, a member of IOSH’s Railway Group, said: “Our maintenance staff have undergone IOSH’s Managing safely course training, which has been key to us having a good safety and health record.”

Ben was among those who gave a tour to members of the Railway Group at the Metrolink facilities at the Trafford depot, Manchester. They had a look in the maintenance facilities, where the network’s 104 trams are maintained.

The visit also took in the Network Management Centre, from where all seven lines are operated. Live CCTV images from various parts of the network are fed back to the control room, while a computerised system helps staff there keep on top of any issues.

Keith Morey, Chair of the IOSH Railway Group, said the tour allowed members an opportunity to see how an organisation other than theirs puts safety management systems into practice.

He said: “In some ways it acts as an independent safety inspection, as members can ask questions and give feedback on what they see.

“It also provides companies a chance to show best practice. Members can pick up ideas from people working in a different company that they can take back and use in their own work.”

During the visit, on Wednesday 7 October, delegates also took part in a workshop at the TfGM offices. They heard about different parts of safety and health legislation relating to the railway industry, including the process they need to go through to implement changes to safety management systems.

Past event photo

Past event photo

Past event photo

Wayne Murphy and Kevin Thompson, from the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), told them that once it had been decided a change was needed, it was important to appoint an independent assessment body which has competence in risk management, preferably in the relevant sector.

The body’s job, they said, is to ensure the correct processes are followed in making the change, not to approve it.

Keith added: “There are often changes to legislation. It is a legal requirement that members are up to date with legislation and we want to raise awareness of that.”

The RM3 Practitioner Forum

Date: 23 July 2015

Venue: HSL, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire 

Held in conjunction with the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), this event highlighted good practice in safety management systems and the use of RM3, followed by a site tour of the HSL.

HSL anechoic chamber 

HSL Buxton 

HSL engineering hall 

HSL PPE testing in thermal chamber 

HSL slip testing

To view the presentations from the day, please see below; 

Ian Gaskin, Head of TfL Management Systems, TfL - ‘Assessing our Management System’ 

Download the presentation (PDF, 2.18 MB)

Robert Doyle, HSEQ Director, Amey - ‘An approach to improving safety’ 

Download the presentation (PDF, 1.13 MB)

Sally Brinkley, Director of Operations, AssessTech Ltd - ‘iRM3: Electronic Assessment’ 

Download the presentation (PDF, 1.15 MB)

Work - related road driving in the rail industry

Date: 19 March 2015

Venue: Network Rail Westwood Development Centre

Supported by Network Rail and hosted in conjunction with RSSB.

Download the presentation (PDF, 9.01 MB)

Tfl/IOSH event 'Track Hazards and Hazardous Materials in a London Underground Environment'

The event was hosted by the TfL H&S Specialists on the 22 May at the Tfl training centre in Stratford was well attended by industry professionals, and feedback indicated the event was a great success.

Please have a look through some of the photos taken from the event below. If you wish to see more images from the event please get in touch with the Railway Group Committee.

Track Hazards event 1

Track Hazards event 2

Track Hazards event 3

Track Hazards event 4

Track Hazards event 5

Track Hazards event 6

Track Hazards event 7

Presentation and Tour of the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy

This event was held at the Crossrail Tunnelling Academy in Essex on 24 June, and was well attended by industry professionals, with feedback indicating the event was a great success.

Please have a look through some of the photos taken from the event below. If you wish to see more images from the event please get in touch with the Railway Group Committee.

Presentation and Tour of the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy - 24 June 2014

Presentation and Tour of the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy - 24 June 2014

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