International Rail Safety Network

International Rail Safety Network (IRSN)

Chairperson: Doris Horvath, CFL

Members: CFL, CP, INFRABEL, JR-Group, ÖBB, RENFE, RSSB, SNCF, SBB, Trenitalia.
The members of IRSN meet 3 times a year
IRSN is a subgroup of the UIC Safety Platform Steering Group (SPSG) with the goal to foster safety for Railways taking into account the operation process by:

  1. Exchanging safety experiences and backgrounds
  2. Learning from each other
  3. Facilitating good and trusting relations among railway safety experts.

Results 2018

  • Profound information about safety issues
  • Intense exchanges about special safety topics with experts of the hosting companies on the following topics:
    • Shunting operations
    • Measures taken to avoid collisions with buffer stops
    • GSM-R
    • Radio alert
    • Campaign on increasing the awareness of young people to respect rules around railways tracks (Trespassing, level crossing)
    • SPAD Action Plan (Investigation, improvement and awareness)
    • Project Signal Aspects (Identifying hotspots)
    • Methodology for hotspot analysis for trespassing and suicides
    • Methodology to define level crossing hotspots
    • Safety culture programme (Safety culture – fair culture)
  • Benchmarking / Surveys for comparing safety practices in different companies on the following topics:
    • Survey on railway accidents due to trespassing
    • Survey on shunting methods (technical and organisational measures)
    • Survey on shunting issues
    • Survey on prevention of railway suicides
    • Survey on measures taken to avoid collisions with animals on tracks
    • Survey about the mission and the organisation of the safety department in different companies

Programme 2019

  • Continuation on exchanging on the themes listed above
  • Exchange of safety experience

Further topics to explore:

  • Distraction by new medias and use of electronic devices
  • Fair and just culture

UIC contact

Isabelle Fonverne:

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