The purpose of this course is to define the competence requirements for candidates who are required to undertake Controller of Site Safety (COSS) activities.
This course is made up of 3 competence units
These competence units apply in all circumstances where any individual is required to undertake activities as a COSS on Network Rail managed infrastructure.
The level and extent of responsibility includes their own safety and that of others who might be affected by their work. The candidate is expected to refer to others for authorisation when required, be responsible for the implementation of the instructions and work within set procedures and specifications. The candidate is responsible for the quality of their completed work.
- COMPETENCE UNITS
This course is made of 3 competence units.
Unit 1: Assess the requirements for a safe system of work.
This competence unit comprises two elements
Element 1: Plan, prepare and review the safe system of work
Element 2: Identify the protection arrangements required for a safe system of work
The first element is concerned with the planning, preparation and organisation of a safe system of work by the COSS. The second element is concerned with the setting up, maintaining and withdrawal of the safe system of work in a live environment
Unit 2: Set up and withdraw a safe system of work
This competence unit comprises four elements.
Element 1: Brief personnel on the safe system of work
Element 2: Implement protection arrangements
Element 3: Maintain safe systems of work
Element 4: Withdraw protection arrangements
The first element is concerned with the briefing of personnel on the safe system of work, highlighting the main hazards associated with the site of work.
The second element deals with the setting up of the protection arrangements.
The third element is concerned with the continued safety of all personnel and the operational railway, when carrying out the activities and where necessary, adapting the arrangements to meet changing requirements.
The fourth and final element of this unit deals with the withdrawal of protection whilst maintaining the safety of all personnel (including those responsible for the physical withdrawal of protection arrangements).
Unit 3: Confirm isolation arrangements for the protection
This competence unit comprises of one element:
Element 1: Confirm isolation arrangements for the protection
This unit covers the actions undertaken by the Controller of Site Safety (COSS) when dealing with isolation which is being physically set up by others.
The responsibility of the COSS is not to set up the isolation themselves (unless qualified to do so), but to confirm that it has happened and be aware of the implications for safe systems of working and the safety of the operational railway.
Competence in this unit is not mandatory for all COSSs. It is only required when a COSS needs to confirm the isolation of an electrified line (either A.C or D.C) to protect people undertaking activities on or near these lines.
Competence certification of the COSS shall be endorsed with the following
- OLP for Overhead Line Isolation Permit
- CRP for Conductor Rail Isolation Permit
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