Rail Safety Summit 2023

Schedule

The day's schedule

Listed below is the schedule for this year's event, along with an overview of the talks that will be taking place on the day.

Please note: This line up is subject to change so please keep checking back to this page.

Speakers

Who will be speaking at this year's event?

Colin Wheeler

Colin Wheeler

Welcome

Tue 13th September 2022 at 09:30

Welcome by your host.

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

Beware: rarely is not quite never !

Tue 13th September 2022 at 09:40

The presentation talks about the fact that bad things happen rarely does not remove the need for chronic unease.

Ian Prosser - TBC

Ian Prosser - TBC

Office of Rail and Road, vision, goals, challenges and focus; including the creation of Great British Railways organisation

Tue 13th September 2022 at 10:00

For 10 years, ORR has had a vision of zero industry caused fatalities and reducing risk, achieved by moving towards excellence in Health and Safety Management. This is not about gold plating but about doing the right thing and continuous improvement.

To help the sector achieve this, we developed the Risk Management Maturity Model and worked with the sector to improve it. Going forward the presentation will focus on key areas I feel the sector should focus on as we recover from the pandemic, the financial difficulties the industry now faces and the significant organisational changes many parts of the sector are headed towards.

John Jebson

John Jebson

The Sustainable Workforce

Tue 13th September 2022 at 11:00

Bringing together elements of the financial crisis, mental health and the emerging precariat workforce and how our actions support or undermine these.

Marian Kelly

Marian Kelly

Safety on the Underground: evolution and revolution

Tue 13th September 2022 at 11:20

There has been a lot of change on the Underground over the past 159 years, including our approach to safety and health. The changes in the Underground’s approach to customer and colleague health and safety is a story partly of evolution and at times, of revolution. These changes and drivers have been driven by some of the Tube’s most significant and tragic incidents, but also by innovation, changes in our colleagues’ and societal expectations and changes in the Underground’s health and safety ambitions. As we look to the future, we can apply both evolution and revolution to drive the cultural changes we need to become an even safer railway. This presentation will describe how the Underground has taken both approaches and how we are planning for the future.  

Title - TBC

Tue 13th September 2022 at 11:40

Peter Dearman  CEng FPWI FIET FIMechE

Peter Dearman CEng FPWI FIET FIMechE

“Electrical Isolation: How Difficult Can It Be?”

Tue 13th September 2022 at 13:15

I will explain what is involved in creating a safe workspace on electrified line, why that is necessary and how it is achieved.

I will contrast practice in the UK with similar practices in Europe and Scandinavia.

I will explain the effect this has on work on the railway infrastructure.

I will set out a where the UK is 10 years on from the instigation of the National Electrification Safety Improvement Programme by Network Rail

And I will set out my vision for where the industry should aim to be

Prof Sarah Sharples - TBC

Prof Sarah Sharples - TBC

Rail Safety: taking a transport systems perspective

Tue 13th September 2022 at 13:35

James Le Grice

James Le Grice

The Role of Government in Rail Safety

Tue 13th September 2022 at 13:55

The Department for Transport has a crucial role in securing a safe railway in Great Britain. It sets the policy and legislative framework for rail safety, sets standards for safe integration of track and train, and provides direction to industry on safety priorities. James Le Grice, DfT’s new Head of Rail Safety and Standards, will discuss the Department’s work in these areas, and the challenges and opportunities ahead in rail safety from a Government perspective.

Ali Chegini

Ali Chegini

“Changing times – retaining rail’s risk focus”

Tue 13th September 2022 at 15:00

The rail industry is needing to adapt quickly to a changing economic, social and political environment. The goal-posts are moving on railway’s place in Britain’s day-to-day life, and the government edges slowly to a new industry framework with the emergence of Great British Railways. Yet the railways have a tremendous track record in tackling risk and improving performance, often in trying conditions. Keeping the industry’s focus on safety, health and wellbeing will be critical. This presentation will cover:

Reminder of RSSB’s role in the industry

The change challenge – validating safety to ensure previous mistakes aren’t repeated

Safety, Standards and R&D – how industry can continue to benefit from best practice rooted in data, evidence and collaboration

A 30-year strategy – Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway – and how this fits in with the Whole Industry Strategic Plan and Great British Railways

Safety Performance headlines from 2021/2

How industry is getting better at using data to support new risk models and dashboards for safety as well as health and wellbeing

Rupert Lown

Rupert Lown

Network Rail’s Safety Framework

Tue 13th September 2022 at 15:20

Schedule

What is happening and when?

09:30

Welcome

Colin Wheeler, Civil Engineer / RailStaff Writer and Your Host, Rail Media

09:40

Beware: rarely is not quite never !

Andrew Hall, Chief Inspector, Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB)

10:00

Office of Rail and Road, vision, goals, challenges and focus; including the creation of Great British Railways organisation

Ian Prosser - TBC, HM Chief Inspector of Railways and Director of Railway Safety, Office of Rail Regulation

10:20

11:00

The Sustainable Workforce

John Jebson, OHSE Director, McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure) Ltd

11:20

Safety on the Underground: evolution and revolution

Marian Kelly, Head of SHE, London Underground

11:40

12:00

13:15

“Electrical Isolation: How Difficult Can It Be?”

Peter Dearman CEng FPWI FIET FIMechE, Independent Consultant (Former Engineering Director, Atkins), Dearman Engineering

13:35

Rail Safety: taking a transport systems perspective

Prof Sarah Sharples - TBC, Chief Scientific Adviser and Professor of Human Factors at Nottingham University, Department for Transport (DfT)

13:55

The Role of Government in Rail Safety

James Le Grice, Head of Rail Safety and Standards, Department for Transport (DfT)

14:15

15:00

“Changing times – retaining rail’s risk focus”

Ali Chegini, Director, System Safety & Health, RSSB

15:20

Network Rail’s Safety Framework

Rupert Lown, Chief Health, Safety & Wellbeing Officer, Network Rail

15:40