IRSC 2018 - Organisational Culture that values safety


The IRSC logo (triangle) is symbolic of the three key elements of ‘Operator’, ‘Equipment’ and ‘Rules’ working together in the safety management system.

Investigations clearly show how human factors are often precursors to major disasters. It is recognised that to achieve improvements in safety performance a mature safety culture that successfully integrates human factors in railway safety management is required. However, safety culture is a facet of the broader organisational culture which expresses leadership styles and priorities. Best practice in safety management acknowledges that organisational effectiveness depends on the important relationship between ‘Organisational Culture’, ‘Leadership’ and ‘Systems’.

The theme for IRSC 2018 Organisational Culture that values Safety brings together the two triangles of ‘Operator-Equipment-Rules’ and ‘Organisational Culture-Leadership-Systems’. Contributors to IRSC 2018 are invited to prepare papers and presentations that reflect this important relationship between organisational culture and safety outcomes; both from the perspective of lessons learnt as a result of accidents, and initiatives taken to improve railway safety.

Those wishing to submit papers for IRSC 2018 are encouraged to address the subject areas listed below under the three sub-themes for the conference.

1. The important relationship between organisational culture and safety outcomes

Effects of corporate culture on safety and the role of leadership:


2. Lessons learnt as a result of accidents arising from organisational failure

Failings in risk control system during routine activities:


3. Organisational initiatives and innovations to improve railway safety.

People – Individual & Team:

Systems:

Safety Promotion:

Programme


Sunday 21st October

14.00 - 17.00

Stakeholder Meetings (4 in parallel)

*Strictly confined to members of the stakeholder groups

  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Investigation Bodies
  • Industry Associations
  • Infrastructure Managers & Train Operators
18.00 - 20.00

Welcome Reception, National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.

For more information on the Stakeholder meeting click here. Stake holder meetings are strictly confined to members of the stakeholder groups.

Monday 22nd October

09.00 - 09.30Keynote Address (by Minister)
09.30 - 10.00Welcome & Introduction
10.00 - 10.30Plenary Speaker - Lynn Chamberlain Clark
10.30-11.00Morning Tea & Coffee
11.00 - 12.30Technical Papers (3) + Discussion
12.30 - 13.30Lunch
13.30 - 15.00Technical Papers (3) + Discussion
15.00 - 15.30Afternoon Tea & Coffee
15.30 - 17.00Technical Papers (3) + Discussion
18.00 - 22.30Gala Dinner, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Tuesday 23rd October

09.00 - 09.30Plenary Speaker - Mark Fleming
09.30 - 10.30Technical Papers (2) + Discussion
10.30 - 11.00Morning Tea & Coffee
11.00 - 12.30Technical Papers (3) + Discussion
12.30 - 13.30Lunch
13.30 - 14.30Interactive piece with Alain Rolland
14.30 - 15.00Afternoon Tea & Coffee
15.00 - 17.00Technical Papers (3) + Discussion
18.00 - 22.30Core Group Meeting & Dinner

Wednesday 24th October

09.00 - 09.30Plenary Speaker - Juergen Whyte
09.30 - 10.30Technical Papers (2) + Discussion
10.30 - 11.00Morning Tea & Coffee
11.00 - 13.00Technical Papers (4) + Discussion
13.00 - 14.00Lunch
14.00 - 16.00Interactive piece Theatre at Work
16.00 - 16.30Afternoon Tea & Coffee
16.30 - 17.00

Closing ceremony

  • Report from IRSC Core group Secretary Rob Burrows
  • Presentation from IRSC 2019 hosts Brisbane
  • Hand over ceremony
  • Best paper presentation
  • Close of conference
18.00 - 23.00Farewell Gathering, The Merry Ploughboy, Dublin.

Thursday 25th October

7.00 amDepart For Belfast
10.00amVisit to Adelaide Depot / Whitehead
13.00pmLunch
14.30pmVisit to Titanic Belfast Museum
20.00pmArrive back in Dun Laoghaire

Friday 26th October

Option 1

8.00am Depart for Broombridge depot
13.00pmOpportunity to visit Glasnevin Cemetry
16.00pmArrive back in Dun Laoghaire

Option 2

8.00am Depart for PortLaoise
10.00amVisit to depot
17.00pmArrive back in Dun Laoghaire

For more information on the technical visits click here

To view the full technical conference programme please click here