Controller of Site Safety Initial | Amtrain

Controller of Site Safety Initial

Course Overview

The Controller of Site Safety initial course is designed with the focus upon the role of the delegate within the scope of implementing safe systems of work, whilst attaining and understanding of how to utilise the available resources required “whilst on or near the line”.

This course is essential for personnel who are to control a group of people “whilst on or near the line”.

Candidate Requirements

  • That the candidate currently holds a valid Sentinel Safety Card.
  • That the candidate’s suitability has been verified by their line manager.
  • It is the responsibility of delegates’ Local Manager to decide upon their suitability to attend this course, in accordance with the current issue of NR/L2/CTM/021 – Competence and Training in Track Safety.
  • Pre COSS workbook completed.
  • That the candidate is in possession of a current Personal Track Safety Logbook.

The course is designed to cater for a maximum of EIGHT candidates only.

More Dates Available on request


The course will be presented by trainers in the classroom using the accompanying visual aids, Power point presentations and where appropriate supplemented by trackside sessions.

Other appropriate visual aids can be shown and discussed, sufficient time being allowed to answer delegate’s questions and points of discussion.


The training will be followed by theory and practical assessments.

Successful delegates will be recommended for assessment of competence under Employer’s Competence Management System.

Course Aims and Objectives

  • To understand the role of the Individual working alone, Controller of Site Safety and, if applicable the Protection Controller.
  • Be able to interpret reference documentation.
  • Understand the importance of briefings and communications protocols.
  • How to conduct emergency protection of a railway line.
  • Identify and understand the role of the Rail Incident Officer (RIO).
  • To be issued with a Overhead Line Permit (OLP) and understand its condition of issue.
  • To be issued with a Conductor Rail Permit (CRP) and understand its condition of issue.


Upon successful completion of the course and any additional modules the Sentinel will be informed of a decision of competence and the candidate will be issued with a new Sentinel card.

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