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Railway safety is not only technical regulations and procedures! Human factors are equally important.

We are going on the offensive: in the coming months, all our employees will undertake a training prepared by ERA (European Union Agency for Railways) to establish a sustainable safety culture.

We are the 1st company in our sector of activities to not only be part of this new ERA offer, but also to participate actively in the pursuit of the programme development as a pilot partner. Launch was on 30 September with our Management Circle.

Good safety management is not only limited to technical issues”, underlines Peter Reinshagen, our Managing Director. “It is a culture that must be lived within the company”.

To deploy the training to the entire company, the ERA and us rely on a “Train the Trainer” concept.

After the initial training of 30 September, ERA trainers will work in tandem with four of our colleagues to carry out the next training cycle together.

At the end of this phase, the entire mid-management - around 70 employees - will be trained by our internal trainers - our “Safety Leaders” - by the end of the year 2020. The training groups are purposely constituted at international level, to take cultural differences into account.

And by the end of next year, all our employees across our various locations in Europe should have completed the training.

With our offer, we want to raise awareness about the fact that in the railway transport of goods, almost each decision and action has an impact on safety”, says M. Doppelbauer, ERA’s Executive Director.

At Ermewa, we have already considered the railway safety concept with our conference in 2017 on “Human Factors in Safety” and with internal training sessions. “The sustainable implementation of a safety culture is a process that takes years. Ermewa is on its way”, says Peter Reinshagen.

Safety is an active and collective obligation – Ermewa’s example will hopefully inspire many railway companies”, sums up M. Doppelbauer.

Therefore, we systematically follow our “safety first” philosophy.

Read more about the training - ERA page