UIC Safety platform

Mission

The control of risk is something of vital importance to the rail sector. Third party risk (brought about by issues not within the control of the rail sector) is one of the biggest contributors to the overall level of safety on the rail network. Only a minority of rail accident fatalities are actually passengers travelling in trains. Data analysis suggests that injury to a third party is four times more likely than to a passenger travelling in a train. Overall, the major area of risk to the industry comes from this quarter and is largely as a result of incidents on level crossings and trespass.

The Safety Platform, acting as an advisory body for UIC activities in the field of safety and therefore working closely with the UIC, has as its core objective to put in place recommendations and actions to help control, mitigate or eradicate these risks and eliminate their underlying causes and effects.

Purpose

The purpose of the Safety Platform is:

  • to help identify all types of measure or activity (related to system safety within the rail sector) likely to enable the safety IRS (International Railway Solution) to be maintained or enhanced and, in parallel, to boost the volume of international rail traffic (operating systems, organisational structures and remits of companies and bodies, legal and regulatory texts, methods, etc.).
  • to promote overall coherence of the system safety of the railway sector by cooperating with UIC Forum and other Platforms whilst not interfering with their projects, in particular to be available to these Forum, Platforms and their Working Groups and provide, upon request, advice on the potential impact of their project proposals on overall levels of system safety.

Structure

The Safety Platform brings together Safety Directors (or employees with a comparable remit in line with the job titles used and corporate structure) from member companies of the UIC. Amongst these is a mixture of Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings, as well as a number of organisations representing groups of railway companies. This plenary structure is then supported by a Steering Committee made up of UIC member companies based in Europe and beyond. Considerable additional independence is provided by having representatives from organisations such as the CER, EIM and RSSB.

Organisation

Safety Platform Chair:
Ali Chegini, Director of System Safety and Health at RSSB, appointed Chair in December 2020.

Members of the UIC Safety Platform:
Mainly railway companies in Europe and beyond. CFL, CP, DB AG, FTIA, HZ INFRA, INFRABEL, IRISH RAIL, JR GROUP, MERCITALIA Rail, Network Rail, ÖBB, PRORAIL, RAI, RENFE, RSSB, RZD, SNCF, SBB, SNCB, TRAFIKVERKET, TRENITALIA, Banedanmark, Euskotren.
Other participants: CER, EIM, AAR, FRA, Railway Association of Canada (RAC).

Steering Committee meetings: 3-4 times a year (if needed) in a restricted number.

Plenary sessions: Open to all UIC members, once or twice a year (spring and autumn depending on the agenda items).

UIC Safety team

For any further information please contact: UIC Safety team

  • Frédéric Hénon

    Head of Operations & Safety
    tel. +33 1 44 49 20 66

  • Isabelle Fonverne

    Senior Advisor, Safety and Interoperability
    tel. +33 1 44 49 20 91

  • Olivier Georger

    Safety Database Manager
    tel. +33 1 44 49 22 80

  • Virginie Papillault

    Manager - Human & Organisational Factors and Safety Culture
    tel. +33 1 44 49 2275

Share this
Monday 22 June 2015
7th International Human Factors Virtual Rail Conference
13th ILCAD International Level Crossing Awareness Day
Cybersecurity for rail digital transformation projects during the (...)
article logo
13 July 2021
Today, the UIC has launched a Task Force relating to the “safety barrier”.
article logo
7 July 2021
ILCAD 2021 Campaign
article logo
2 July 2021
UIC Trespass and Suicide Prevention Network (TreSP-Network) kick-off meeting held online on 28 June
logo
Efficient Cross Corridor Organisation
logo
Biodiversity and infrastructure synergies and (...)
logo
Low cost noise control by optimised rail pad

Subscribe Safety mailing list

To confirm you want to receive information from UIC please tick the option "Email":

Marketing Permissions:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.