About IRSC

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.

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.

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.

Members include:

Australia
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB); Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB)

Austria
Trade Union

Canada
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)

Eastern Europe
Free Trade Union of Railway Workers

Europe
European Union Agency for Railways (ERA)

France
EPSF; SNCF

Germany
DB AG; Eisenbahn- Bundesamt (EBA)

India
Indian Ministry of Railways

Ireland
Commission for Railway Regulation; Irish Rail

Japan
JJRE;JREU

Korea
Korea Railroad Research Institute

New Zealand
KiwiRail

Norway
Norwegian Railway Authority; Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN)

South Africa
Rail Safety Regulator

Sweden
Swedish Transport Administration

United Kingdom
Office of Rail Regulation (ORR); Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB)

United States
Association of American Railroads (AAR)

World Community
Union Internationale des chemins de fer (UIC)

More details about IRSC and past conference papers can be found on the councils website:
https://international-railway-safety-council.com