The ARIOPS Annual Occupational Health Conference and AGM were held on 22nd June 2009 in St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

The keynote speaker was Dr Tim Crayford, the recently appointed Chief Medical Adviser to the Department for Transport, who spoke on ‘The DfT View of Railways, Transport and Health’. Dr Crayford is a public health specialist and has a broader remit than the health of workers, which is important in view of our current challenging economic and environmental circumstances.

A distinguished list of speakers from within the Railway Industries included:

Martin Jones, of the Office of Rail Regulation spoke about ‘European Union Driver Licensing Changes’.

Dr, Howard Watson, who as a founder member of ARIOPS enjoys a considerable pedigree as a railway physician spoke on ‘3451 – a missed opportunity?’.

David Kent, Chairman of the Welsh Highland Railway Society, spoke on ‘Rebuilding the Welsh Highland Railway: a Welsh success’.

Sharon Allaway, a committee member of ARIOPS presented an overview of the two RSSB studies for which she was Technical Adviser:

-T662, which looks at the standardization of clinical outcomes.
-T663, which looks at managing risk from medical causes of sudden incapacity.


Dr. Tim Carter, Chief Medical Adviser to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, spoke on the MCA Model for Approved Doctors, as a possible statutory role model for the UK Railway Industry.


A copy of the Annual General Meeting Conference Agenda 2009 can be read below:


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