The IRSC meets annually, generally in October or November. The first IRSC annual meeting was held in 1990, as a result of a joint Japan Rail East (JRE) and Japan Railway Union (JREU) management initiative.
They had been discussing safety issues related to their company and decided to look for new perspectives on safety from overseas experts. The meeting was a great success and has developed since then into an annual international conference.
The diverse mix of rail safety experts who attend results in many thought provoking and challenging ideas, as well as an in-depth understanding of a range of problems, which are useful reference tools for any of the participants.
The IRSC now makes a significant contribution to the ongoing improvement of rail safety management and performance around the world.