Course Overview

This re-certification course is designed to re-train persons who have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the Controller of Site Safety (COSS) competence.

Course Details

The COSS competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to set up a safe system of work on or near the line for a group (two ore more).

Controller of Site Safety (COSS)
Overhead Line Permit (COSS OLP)
Conductor Rail Permit – Testing using a Live Line Tester (COSS CRP LLT)

This course will take learners through the procedures as set out in the Rule Book; Handbook 6 (General Duties of an IWA), Handbook 7 (General duties of a COSS, Handbook 8 (IWA, COSS or PC blocking a line), Handbook 9 (IWA or COSS setting up safe systems of work within possessions), Handbook 10 (Duties of the COSS and person in charge of a hand trolley) and Handbook 13 (Duties of the person in charge of the siding)

The course includes the importance of using the correct communication protocols and adopting the appropriate behaviours to be able to carry out this role safely and effectively.

The aim of the course is to provide learners with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake Controller of Site Safety duties in line with the COSS unit of competence.

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

Demonstrate their ability to interpret correctly relevant parts of the Rule Book, Handbooks and relevant Network Rail Specifications when acting as as COSS

Demonstrate their understanding and ability to set up a Safe System of Work before they or any group of staff is allowed to go ‘On or Near the Line’

Deliver a safety briefing with the opportunity to demonstrate and practice during the course

Who Should Attend?

Learners must be:

Minimum age of 18
Meets the entry requirements of PTS competence
Good level of literacy required
Must hold valid Sentinel Track Safety Card and meet the requirements of NR/L2/CTM/021 – Competence and Training in Track Safety
Meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard NR/L1/OHS/00124 Competence Specific Fitness Medical requirements
In addition the requirements of Network Rail Specification NR/L1/OHS.051 (Drugs & Alcohol) must be met
The Pre-COSS workbook needs to be completed and the Sponsor must register the completion of the Pre-COSS workbook with Sentinel