Information published on 17 January 2017 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 531.

Safety Workshop on Organisational and Human Factors to be held on 22 February 2017 in Paris

  • Safety
  • Promoting

In 2015 the UIC Safety Platform established three multidisciplinary Task Forces composed of experts from different railway fields. The results of these Task Forces will be presented and discussed at this safety workshop. This event is open to all UIC members and invited guests.

Subjects of the workshop:

Safety culture and Safety management system:

The purpose of the work is to identify practical factors and good practice in implementing the safety management system which contributes to a healthy safety culture. The task force will propose recommendations:

  • What is a good safety culture? A detailed description of a model of strong safety culture comprising nine points, ranging from staff commitment and involvement in issues of safety to change management
  • How can safety management processes improve safety culture?
  • How to measure safety culture? Indicators to measure the progress achieved and the weaknesses to be remedied

Improving health and safety when working with contractors:

The task force will present a guide which will assist in improving the health and safety practice of leaders, managers, and health and safety practitioners working in procurement, project management, and supply chain management. It is intended to be:

  • A useful tool to assist companies in complying with relevant health and safety legislation
    • Applicable to contractual relationships within the rail industry
    • Flexible enough to be applied to internal as well as external contractors
  • Equally applicable to subcontractors (via main contractors)
  • Based on general principles rather than focusing on specific types of contracts
  • A signpost document for organisations including where to find good practices

Signals Passed At Danger “SPADs”

Railway companies are all keen on finding solutions to reduce the number of SPADs.
The issue is addressed from a “human factors” point of view.

Four specific topics will be presented:

  • Processes of SPAD investigation: common aspects and best practices
  • Role of the infrastructure managers
  • New methods of training and management implemented by the railway undertakings
  • What lessons can be learned from non-events (SPADs that didn’t occur)?

The three Task Forces will present results through concrete examples from different railway companies.

Simultaneous interpreting into English/French/German will be provided. There is no participation fee.

For the draft agenda and the online registration, please click on this link:

For further information please contact Meryem Belhaj, Senior Advisor International Training & Human Factors: