Award winning exhibition focused around safety and innovation, including free to attend safety training.

The prime objective of SAFESTART is to deliver a clear and coherent safety message across the entire railway industry by providing a focused platform for the industry to get together and begin the year with safety at the forefront to undertaking work on the railway.

The Track Safety Alliance will play a pivotal role in shaping the safety forums in addition to delivering a presentation on safety in the industry.  There will be six separate forums (all free to attend) running during the day with morning and afternoon sessions – all are subject to availability.  Register now to avoid disappointment.

For the first time visitors from across the country will have access to FREE training – focused on safety in the rail industry.  All training and conference sessions are free to attend and are NOT mandatory.  Please check back to this page regularly for updates on the agenda for the day.


08:30     Doors open

09:30     Welcome to SAFE START 2018 (Hall 1) Opening with Rob Hopkin – Rail Alliance

09:45     Networking begins with Delegates, Safety & Innovation floor opens & Light after dark commences at the stands

Main Conference Area – Hall 1


10:15 11:00 Safety Behaviours Bill Cooke

Head of Corporate Workforce Safety

Safety, Technical and Engineering

Network Rail

11:30 11:45 Network Rail safety related challenges and how to engage:

Electrical Safety – Dominic Banham-Hall

Preventing workers being struck by trains – Mark Prescott

Plant Strikes – Malcolm Miles

Mark Gaddess

UK/European R&D – NWR

12:00 13:00 The positive difference that mindset can make: by Mark Davies, leading UK resilience coach will be interviewing Craig White – one of world’s most respected high performance coaches. With over 24 year’s experience in premiership football, rugby league and most notably rugby union, Craig has advised Ireland, Wales, British and Irish Lions, London Wasps, and Leicester Tigers. Mark Davies

Leading UK resilience coach & founder of  7  Futures

13:15 13:45 Standards briefing on Collaborative working Robert Hopkin

Executive Director – Rail Alliance

14:00 14:15 Who is Hollie Woodward?

Why is diversity important for business and more specifically in terms of safety, about how equality, diversity and inclusion is important in day to day delivery by individuals through fairness, inclusion and respect (FIR).

Hollie Woodward

Head of EDI – Volker Rail

14:30 15:00 Paula Gray – Planned forthcoming project works and work winning opportunities of Midland Metro Alliance.


Pete Sutton – Midland Metro Alliance Safety

Paula Gray (Head of Procurement) –

Midland Metro Alliance

Peter Sutton (Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing)

Midland Metro Alliance


Training and Development

Excavation Support – Best Practice

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the UK. Excavations are notoriously dangerous due to the unpredictable nature of the ground conditions and associated risks to include ground movement, collapse or cave-in, as well as potential impacts on surrounding structures, works and the public. Find out at Safe Start 2018 the best practice in excavation support.

Temporary works and Temporary works processes

In order to ensure that temporary works activity is effective and safely managed this presentation will cover, Temporary works – what is it?, Hazards associated with excavations, Legislations, standards and codes, History of Temporary Works Management, Roles & Responsibilities and Temporary Works Process.

Rail Access & RRAPS – Best Practice

On & Off Tracking Road Rail Vehicles is an operation that occurs many times every day across the UK rail network.  Although this is a common operation, it is one which comes with a number of significant risks attached such as the possibility of machines rolling over, derailment, damage to the infrastructure and worst of all, injury to operatives and other rail workers. This session looks at how the correct selection and use of temporary RRAPs greatly improves worksite safety and efficiency.  Find out more at Safestart 2018.

Intelligent Safety Theatre 1 – Hall 2 Featuring IOSH & PASMA CPD accredited Toolbox Talks

In association with SAFE START 2018, attending the Speedy “Intelligent Safety Theatres” in January would give IOSH members the perfect opportunity to record any knowledge gained in their CPD record, whilst PASMA members can accrue two CPD points, one for attending Working at Height and a further point for attending the Dust Control and/or Hand-Arm vibration toolbox talks.

10:00 10:30 Dust        FULL Speedy
11:00 11:30 Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) Speedy
12:30 13:00 Dust Speedy
13:30 14:00 Working at height (WAH) Speedy
14:30 15:00 Dust Speedy


Intelligent Safety Theatre 2 – Hall 2 Featuring IOSH & PASMA CPD accredited Toolbox Talks

10:00 10:30 Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) Speedy
11:00 11:30 Working at Height (WAH) Speedy
12:30 13:00 Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) Speedy
14:30 15:00 Working at Height (WAH) Speedy


Safety Theatre 3 – Next to event office near main venue entrance featuring ESS SafeForce, TPA – Rail Access, Groundforce Toolbox Talks

A new Addition to SAFE START 2018 will see ESS SafeForce, TPA – Rail Access & Groundforce (Part of the VPPLC Group) delivering key toolbox talks on Temporary Works, CAT Scanning, Rail Access & RRAPS, Excavations and Working at Height.

10:00 10:20 Temporary Works        FULL Groundforce
10:30 10:50 CAT Scanning Safeforce
11:00 11:20 Rail Access & RRAPS        FULL TPA
11:30 11:50 Excavations Groundforce
12:00 12:20 Working at Height Safeforce
12:30 12:50 Rail Access & RRAPS        FULL TPA
13:00 13:20 Temporary Works Groundforce
13:30 13:50 Working at Height Safeforce
14:00 14:20 Excavations Groundforce
14:30 14:50 CAT Scanning Safeforce


SAFETY Theatre 4 – Next to event office near main venue entrance opposite Safety theatre 3 Featuring AED DEFIB Awareness & Demonstrations & Occupational Health Training.

10:00 10:30 AED DEFIB Awareness & Demonstrations Richard Macdonald
10: 45 11:15 Occupational Health Training Eric Ball
11:30 12:00 AED DEFIB Awareness & Demonstrations Richard Macdonald
13:00 13:30 Occupational Health Training Eric Ball
13:45 14:15 AED DEFIB Awareness & Demonstrations Richard Macdonald
14:30 15:00 Occupational Health Training Eric Ball


SAFETY Theatre 5 – Next to event office near main venue entrance across from Safety theatre 3 & 4 Featuring Suicide Awareness training & BS44001 By Rail Alliance.

10:00 10:30 Suicide Awareness: Managing contact with a vulnerable person on the railway.

NB: Sensitive Content

Katie Barton & David Masters
10: 45 11:30 BS44001 Standards Briefing        FULL Robert Hopkin (Rail Alliance)
11:45 12:15 Suicide Awareness: Managing contact with a vulnerable person on the railway.

NB: Sensitive Content

Katie Barton & David Masters
13:00 13:30 Suicide Awareness: Managing contact with a vulnerable person on the railway.

NB: Sensitive Content

Katie Barton & David Masters
14:00 14:30 Suicide Awareness: Managing contact with a vulnerable person on the railway.

NB: Sensitive Content

Katie Barton & David Masters


SAFETY Theatre 6 – Mezzanine Level – Hall 1 featuring Track Safety Alliance (TSA)

10:00 – 10:30      Session 1 – Prep4Winter reducing slips, trips and falls through sufficient lighting, incorporating Prep Safety – Managing                                                  Extreme working conditions – Controlling Core Body Temperatures (TSA- Selectequip/Techniche (TSA – Selectequip / Night searcher)

10:45 – 11:15      Session 2 – TSA Behavioural Based Safety

13:00 – 13:30      Session 3 – TSA Environmental update

13:40 – 14:15       Session 4 – TSA / ISLG Fatigue, Collaborative Working