International Railway Group Award 2018: Improvement within Health and Safety

Closing Date: Friday 31 August 2018

Sponsored by the IOSH Railway Group, the Health and Safety improvement award seeks to recognise innovative projects both inside and outside of the UK that have produced a practical solution to, and made a positive impact on, an occupational health and safety problem in the Railway Industry. This year’s award will again focus on the strategic objectives of the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB).

The Industry is focusing on twelve Priority Areas to improve Health & Safety on Britain’s Railways and these include:

  • Workforce Health and Wellbeing
  • Public Behaviour
  • Station Operations
  • Road Risk
  • Level Crossings
  • Fatigue Management
  • Workforce Safety
  • Infrastructure Asset Integrity
  • Workforce Assaults and Trauma
  • Train Operations
  • Freight
  • Rolling Stock Asset Integrity

For more information on the RSSB ‘Leading Health & Safety on Britain’s Railway - A Strategy for working together’, please see the report available on the RSSB website.

Has your organisation improved health and safety in the workplace in one of the above priority areas over recent years? If so, we want to hear about it!

Each year the IOSH Railway Group aim to raise the profile of workplace health and safety and promote lessons learnt through an annual award. In 2018, our conference theme is “Reflections influencing our future”. We are once again encouraging our colleagues both within and outside of the UK to get involved and share your successful Health and Safety improvements with us. We want to recognise the initiatives that have had a positive impact on workplace health and safety internationally.

The railways are currently a safe way to travel, but it hasn’t always been that way and lots of incidents in the past have helped to create a safer railway now. However, we want to have an even safer railway in the future with no passengers or workers suffering injury or ill health from any aspect of the railway industry.

We feel it is time to come together and explore shared learning from across borders, as there are always ways we can make our industry even safer. So, if you have taken steps to make your workplace a safer environment, please get in touch.

Who can enter?
Anyone involved in the railway sector both inside and outside the UK can enter for the award, either as an individual or as a team. You do not even have to be an IOSH member to participate.

Your project must be original and unpublished, and you’ll need to make sure you have your employer’s approval for sending in your entry. The intellectual property rights of the project remain with you or your employer. Previous entries may be resubmitted.

What could you win?
The IOSH Railway Group will make a contribution towards the travel of two people from the winning organisation to attend the Rail Industry Annual Conference at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on 20 November 2018.

Free conference places and up two nights of accommodation will also be provided. Longer stays and flexibility on travel dates are possible, at the individuals’ own cost. In addition, you will be offered a prestigious platform to receive a certificate and trophy for your award and raise your organisation’s profile, with the opportunity to deliver a 15-minute presentation on your entry.

Who are the judges?
Entries will be judged by representatives from IOSH, the Office of Road and Rail (ORR), the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) and the IOSH Railway Group.

The judges’ decision is final.

How to enter
Complete the entry form, making sure you answer each question in the space provided. In the past the entries that have done well have provided additional information in support. However, documents that are too long (more than 10 pages) will not be read.

Entries must be submitted in English. The IOSH Railway Group is able to assist should the winner require assistance in preparing to present at the Conference.

Send your entry to the Networks Team, IOSH, The Grange, Highfield Drive, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 1NN, UK, or email networks@iosh.com by midnight Friday 31 August 2018.

If you have any questions, please email Tina Lee, Relationship Manager, at tina.lee@iosh.com.

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