Information published on 20 October 2015 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 469.

25th International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) held from 4 – 9 October 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) provides a platform for rail safety professionals to come together to share their knowledge and experiences in a global forum. In 2015 this conference was proudly hosted by Nkululeko Poya, CEO of the South African Railway Safety Regulator (RSR).

The key note speaker in the opening ceremony was the Honourable Ms Dipuo Peters, Minister of Transport, South Africa.

Around 150 participants from 23 countries took part in this worldwide railway safety event. They were representatives from rail undertakings, infrastructure managers, safety regulators, railway accident investigation agencies, rail unions, and equipment manufacturers. Peter Gerhardt, Manager of Safety Unit, represented UIC and reported on safety activities at UIC.

The banner theme for the IRSC 2015 was “Rail Safety standards, processes and systems where old and new operations co-exist”.
Presentations and discussion were submitted to the following core themes:

  • Managing the safety risks within an increasingly complex environment
  • Creating proactive Human Factor Responses
  • The need to develop regulations and standards that meet the challenge of technological change
  • Safe integration of technologically advanced systems into legacy railways

For further information you can consult: www.irsc2015.org

Florence Rousse, General Director of the French National Safety Authority (EPSF) and Christian Neveu, Manager of the Human and Organisations Unit of the SNCF System Safety Department announced the 26th IRSC to take place on the 2 – 9 October 2016 in Paris and jointly hosted by SNCF and EPSF, supported by UIC. The main topic will be “Railway safety facing the issues of tomorrow’s society”.

For further information please contact Peter Gerhardt: gerhardt@uic.org