The IRSC provides a forum that brings together rail safety professionals from around the globe for an in-depth exchange of new perspectives, experience and lessons learnt about railway improvements exclusively devoted to railway safety issues.
The International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) was founded in 1990 and the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and Network Rail (NR) have for many years been regular attendees at the annual conferences.
Participants include railway safety practitioners and specialists from over 30 countries, including:
- Railway infrastructure managers
- Train operators
- Tram operators
- Railway safety management
- Government Bodies
- Safety regulators
- Accident investigation agencies
- Railway worker trade union
The diverse mix of railway safety experts who attend results in many thought provoking and challenging ideas being discussed and helps delegates improve their knowledge and ability in undertaking their roles of managing and improving railway safety.
To promote continual learning on a global basis the IRSC is hosted in a different country each year, helping to promote safety learning in the host country and to enable international delegates to experience first-hand railway safety developments and practices across the world.
The International Railway Safety Council Core Group comprises key organisations and industry leaders who provide a high-level policy and steering group to plan the future direction of the IRSC.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB); Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB)
Transportation Safety Board (TSB); Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
China (HONG KONG)
MTR Corporation Ltd, Hong Kong (MTR); Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, Hong Kong (EMSD)
Free Trade Union of Railway Workers
European Union Agency for Railways (ERA)
DB AG; Eisenbahn- Bundesamt (EBA)
Indian Ministry of Railways
Commission for Railway Regulation; Irish Rail
Korea Railroad Research Institute
Norwegian Railway Authority; Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN)
Rail Safety Regulator
Swedish Transport Administration
Office of Rail Regulation (ORR); Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB)
Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Union Internationale des chemins de fer (UIC)