Course Overview

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This course is designed to convert persons with the current COSS competence to SWL1. They will also pass the pre-qualifier assessment and have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the SWL conversion and subsequent competence.

The SWL competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to plan and set up a safe system of work on or near the line for a group (two or more). An SWL can also carry out the duties of an IWA provided there are no medical restrictions that would prevent this.

The SWL conversion course will take delegates through the procedures as set out in the extant Rule Books; Handbook 6, Handbook 7, Handbook 8, Handbook 9, Handbook 10, Handbook 13, Handbook 20 (General duties of a SWL outside a possession) and Handbook 21 (SWL blocking a line). The course includes the importance of using the correct planning protocols, applying the SSOW and adopting the appropriate behaviours to be able to carry out this role safely and effectively.

Key Aims & Objectives

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The aim of the course is to provide delegates with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake Safe Work Leader duties in line with competence.

At the end of the training the delegate will be able to:

    LO1 – Carry out the Safe Work Leader (SWL) role

  • Introduction.
  • Describe SWL Breakdown.
  • Explain Accountability & Responsibility.
  • LO2 – Apply Safety Management

  • List Non-technical skills.
  • Describe human factors.
  • Explain Communication Skills.
  • Deliver Briefing Practice.
  • LO3 – Understand risk/hazard identification

  • List 5 step assessment.
  • Identify risks & hazards.
  • Describe controlling measures.
  • LO4 – Identify Health & Well-being risks

  • Explain Health & Well-being risks to the workgroup.
  • Describe Health & Well-being management measures.
  • LO5 – Employ the Safe Work Pack process

  • Explain the business process.
  • List SSOW methods.
  • Create a safe work pack.
  • LO6 – Conduct SSOW worksite briefing

  • Prepare a SWP briefing.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

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Delegates must meet the following requirements in order to book onto this course:

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card endorsed with PTS, IWA or COSS.
  • Must have a good level of literacy to meet Entry Qualifications.
  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card and meet the requirements of NR/L2/CTM/021.
  • Competence and Training in Track Safety. Holds valid and current COSS certification.
  • Must meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard NR/L2/OHS/00124 Medical Fitness Level 1.
  • Must meet the requirements of Network Rail Standard NR/L1/OHS/051 (Drugs & Alcohol).

Call 0121 366 8805 to enquire about this course.