SAVE THE DATE FOR IRSC 2013 : 6 to 11 October 2013 in Vancouver and visit the IRSC 2013 website
The first IRSC Conference was held in 1990, as a result of a joint Japan Rail East union and management initiative. They had been discussing safety issues related to their company and decided to look for new perspectives on safety from overseas experts. Delegates to the conferences are typically expected to offer to present papers, or, failing that, to chair one of the sessions. They were also expected to participate in the question and answer sessions, which are very interesting in their own right. The diverse mix of experts who attend results in many thought provoking and challenging ideas, as well as an in-depth understanding of a range of problems, which are useful reference tools for any of the participants. Regular attendees at the IRSC benefit by developing strong working networks that give the added advantage when safety issues arise and advice or guidance is required. The IRSC therefore makes a very important contribution to the ongoing improvement of rail safety management and performance around the world.
Exclusively devoted to rail safety issues, the International Railway Safety Conference 2012 (ISRC 2012) was jointly hosted by RSSB, Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation. IRSC generally provides a platform for rail safety professionals to come together to share their knowledge and experiences in a global forum.
The event was held in Great Britain - the birthplace of railways from Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th October 2012 at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, preceded by a welcome reception on Sunday 7th October and with Thursday 11th and Friday 12th involving off-site technical visits.
For the first time the ISRC 2012 combined with the Global Level Crossing Symposium (GLXS 2012) for part of the programme and conference functions, so delegates at both events could look forward to networking with an even wider range of railway safety experts.
During three intense days that in effect became a “World Safety Summit”, both events IRSC and GLX 2012 brought together around 250 delegates from 23 countries. They both involved not only companies in the rail operating community but included also regulators, trades unions, research institutes, transport ministries, associations, investigators, consultants, European institutions...
The ISRC 2012 web site has details of the IRSC Charter, past conferences and papers from previous conferences. Conferences are held throughout the world, in a different country each year. In 2013 the conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada.
The theme for the International Railway Safety Conference 2012 was : Leadership, culture, behaviours and the integration of human factors into management systems
The sub-themes of the conference are as follows :
- Day 1 - Maintaining and improving safety in financially challenging times
- Day 2 - Taking account of the human element in technological solutions
- Day 3 - Morning session - Level crossing safety
- Afternoon session - Influencing and changing behaviours at the interfaces
IRSC 2013 Conference Theme : “Enhancing Railway Safety through Innovation, Community Partnerships and effective Safety Management”.