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COSS Initial Training Course

This course is designed to train persons who have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the Controller of Site Safety (COSS) competence. The COSS competence will be held by anyone who is required to set up a safe system of work on or near the line for a group (two or more people). A COSS can also carry out the duties of an IWA, provided there are no medical restrictions that would prevent this.

The COSS course will take delegates through the procedures set out in the Rule Book; Handbook 6 (General Duties of an IWA), Handbook 7 (General duties of a controller of site safety (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.

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

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

Our training rooms feature a modern sleek design with minimal distractions allowing our candidates to emerse themselves fully in the expert training provided.

Delegates will have access to their own private canteen with cooking facilities, refrigerators and card accepting vending machines. Within a 5 minute drive from the rooms you can find a Morrisons Supermarket, Italian, Indian and Chinese restaurants as well as Scotlands largest indoor shopping centre in East Kilbride.

We find that once our clients experience the professional and friendly delivery of our trainers they seldom look elsewhere for future training. Our trainers work closely with each delegate ensuring that all attendees receive the information and tools required to give them the best chance of course success.

Key Points


  • Up to 8 Candidates
  • 6 Day Course
  • 4 Day Recertification
  • Certification Lasts 2 years
  • Location: East Kilbride
  • Classroom + Track Based
  • Canteen On Site
  • Vending Machine On Site
  • PPE Required

INITIAL COURSE COST

£500
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