CIRAS annual membership renewal – important information 

We’ve recently invited all our members to renew their CIRAS membership. If you are a Sentinel scheme member and need to subscribe to a confidential reporting service, you will need to complete the renewal process by 31st March 2019If your CIRAS membership certificate is not uploaded to RISQS by then, weve been advised that your trackside capability will be frozen. To ensure you can meet this deadline, we strongly advise that you pay before Friday 1st March 2019 so we have time to process your payment and make your certificate available. 

Member portal closure from 29 March to 1 April 

Access to the member portal will be suspended from 29 March to 1 April for essential maintenanceRenewed members for 2019/20 will be issued with new logins to regain access after 1 April.  

We hope this won’t cause too much inconvenience, and if you need anything from the portal during this time, please contact us at enquires@ciras.org.uk.   

Our new brand  

We have a new look! The CIRAS logo has been updated to reflect our place within the RSSB Group. CIRAS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RSSB but is financially and operationally independentHowever, many of the issues faced by our members - both rail and non-rail – are also important to RSSB e.g. fatigue, mental health, wellbeing and road risk. We look for opportunities to tap into the resources and expertise at our parent company, where the learning is relevant and will be of value to our members. If you use our logo on any of your materials or online, please can you update it with the new one - contact enquiries@ciras.org.uk to request a logo file.  

CIRAS learning events: Mental health awareness 

A heads-up that we will be running our next series of FREE rep masterclasses and learning events in June across the country. The hour-long masterclasses are designed for new reps and those looking for a refresh, and give an introduction to CIRAS, what we expect of our reps, and the support we provide. We’ve chosen mental health awareness as the topic of our learning events following member feedback on the continued importance of this topic in their businesses. We’ll invite attendees to share experience and learning from their efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues, tackle stigma, and enable employees to access support. All reps will receive an invitation to attend shortly. Iyou have a good story to tell and would be willing to come along to one of our events to speak about it, please contact us on enquiries@ciras.org.uk 

Meet the CIRAS committee 

The CIRAS committee plays a vital role in ensuring we remain relevant to our members. The Committee provides insight and advice on sectoral issues, and acts as a sounding board for new ideas and plans. There are 10 members, drawn from across a range of sectors to represent our members and key stakeholders. Separately, the CIRAS Board is responsible for governance including financial oversight and formal approval of our business plan.

Members: download new mindfulness video 

There’s a new video on our website showcasing the work Abellio Bus London did in partnership with CIRAS to introduce mindfulness to its drivers. The results were very positive and the video sees bus drivers talking about their experience. The techniques and learning are relevant to safety critical roles across all sectors of our membership, for example plant operators those who deal with the public, and drivers of trains, trams and road vehicles. Use the video in your briefings to inform your own learning and development plans. Download the video at http://www.ciras.org.uk/shared-learning/ (you will need your login details).