__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1

Safety Briefing September 2020


Welcome to the Advance TRS September 2020 Safety Briefing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).................................................................................. 3 Insurances................................................................................................................................... 3 Close Calls................................................................................................................................... 3 Worksafe Procedures.............................................................................................................. 3 Life Saving Rules........................................................................................................................ 4 CIRAS - Confidential reporting for Safety .......................................................................... 5 How to spot signs of drug use in others............................................................................ 5 Know the limits on drink driving .......................................................................................... 6 Mental Health Awareness ..................................................................................................... 8 Safety Bulletins and alerts....................................................................................................... 10 Important Contact Information............................................................................................. 15

Important Numbers Business Hours Emergency Number

01483 361 061 Out of Hours Emergency Number

07930 384 505 CIRAS:

0800 4101 101 2


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) All persons on or near the line and on the lineside shall wear at least the following PPE:

All contractors must:

Wear appropriate PPE as defined by the client.

Inform Advance TRS of any damage, deterioration or lack of PPE.

High visibility upper body clothing with reflective tape which complies with BS EN ISO 20471: 2013 and Railway Group Standard GO/RT3279.

High visibility lower body clothing to BS EN ISO 20471:2013 and Railway Group Standard GO/RT3279.

Report any and all PPE that is ill-fitting.

A safety helmet which complies with BS EN 397: 2012.

Safety footwear which complies with BS EN ISO 20345: 2011, provides support to the ankle, includes mid-sole protection and has a protective toe cap. Where used, steel or other conductive toe caps shall be covered.

Ensure that all PPE is used, cleaned and stored in accordance with all health and safety guidelines.

Invoke Worksafe procedures for any ill fitting, inadequate or lack of PPE.

Insurances If you do not have the insurances stipulated in your contract already, you can obtain cover with our insurance partner Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance. You can get a quote by calling 01242 808 740 and or by going online to advancetrs.kingsbridge.co.uk.

To understand more about these insurance requirements, please click here.

Close Calls No matter where you work, reporting Close Calls is vital to improving safety. If you see something with the potential to cause harm, raise the alarm on site

and make it safe. If it is not safe to continue work then stop. Once the hazard has been removed or made safe, ensure that you report it.

Worksafe (Refusal to Work)

3


Our Lifesaving Rules Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail. These Rules are in place to keep us safe and must never be broken. We will all personally intervene if we feel a situation or behaviour might be unsafe.

Working responsibly

Driving

Always be sure the required plans and permits are in place, before you start a job or go on or near the line.

Never use a hand-held or hands-free phone, or programme any other mobile device, while driving.

Always use equipment that is fit for its intended purpose.

Always obey the speed limit and wear a seat belt.

Never undertake any job unless you have been trained and assessed as competent.

Working at height Always use a safety harness when working at height, unless other protection is in place.

Never work or drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Working with moving equipment Working with electricity Always test before applying earths or straps.

Never enter the agreed exclusion zone, unless directed to by the person in charge.

Never assume equipment is isolated – always test before touch.

We will always comply with our Lifesaving Rules

For more information about our Lifesaving Rules go to safety.networkrail.co.uk/LSR

July 2014

4


CIRAS - Confidential reporting for Safety When it comes to safety, those of you out on site are often most likely to spot ‘accidents waiting to happen’. Fortunately, we have procedures for you to report issues to us, and most of the time this will be the best way for you to tell us what’s concerning you. But what if you want to report something and you are worried about how your manager or workmates might react? Or you’re working on another company site and the concern is about them, but you don’t have access to their reporting channels? Whatever the reason for it, an unreported issue could lead to an incident carrying a high price tag – human and financial. So, we have signed up to CIRAS, a

confidential reporting line which allows you to report health and safety concerns in complete confidence. We want to make sure you always have a way to tell us what’s concerning you – even if you don’t want us to know who you are. Although it operates independently, CIRAS is an important part of our safety system because it provides us with a ‘safety net’. If you want to use CIRAS, all you need to do is contact them directly and they will talk through your concern with you. They will write a report – minus any information that could identify you – and send it to us. CIRAS doesn’t investigate or make recommendations - it just brings the concern to light so we can

look into it. We respond directly to them and they share this with you. CIRAS will take reports on any health and safety concern. Common issues people report about include fatigue and rostering, unsafe working practices and issues with equipment. If in doubt, just get in touch. If it’s something they can’t help you with, they will advise you on how to deal with it. Report hotline: 0800 4101 101 Report Textline: 07507 285887 Freepost CIRAS www.ciras.org.uk

Spotting signs of drug use in others Excessive intakes of prescription drugs may make a person appear drunk, have slurred speech, droopy eyes and cause him/her to fall asleep at strange times. Look out for hidden medicines in the house. If someone’s taking opiates (such as heroin) they may have pupils that appear like pinpoints, have itchy and scratchy skin, go round asking for money and be either very hyperactive or very lethargic. Physically they may have a red nose and needle marks on their arms, behind the knees or ankles. They also may be very sick

one day with cold symptoms, cramps, diarrhea or an upset stomach and then be perfectly fine the next day. Crack and cocaine users tend to have glassy eyes, very large pupils and a nose that is red and raw. There may be marks, scabs, burns in the mouth and/or on the fingers and arms. Behavior can be very erratic and users become anxious and restless with a tendency to rambling conversations in which they jump from one subject to the next. Cocaine users constantly sniff, lick their lips and feel very thirsty. Look out for little

bags of white powder, crystal-looking residue, glass pipes, needles etc. The signs of Marijuana abuse include irritated, bloodshot eyes, an expressionless appearance, dry lips and a strong odour of burnt rope or grass. Users walk around in a daze, they exhibit a lack of emotion, stare out into space and go into fits of laughter when there is nothing to laugh about. Watch out for them washing their clothes immediately upon coming home or taking a quick shower before being around others.

Getting help There are a wide range of advice, treatment and support services for addiction in the UK. Anyone with a substance related problem can have access to such services. Your GP might offer to treat you or might refer you to your local specialist drug service. Most local

community drug units also run drop-in centres which don’t require a referral from a doctor. You should be able to find information about these on the internet or ask at your doctors’ surgery.

Don’t forget you can call Frank to discuss any issues you have confidentially on: 0800 776600.

5


Know the limits Most of us have had days where we’ve felt the effects of the night before, but one extra pint on a night out can have serious consequences the next day. If alcohol is still in your system the morning after, think about the impact that could have when driving your colleagues to site or taking your children to school.

Safety tips

Did you know? Network Rail’s alcohol limit is one third of the England and Wales drink drive limit.

To help reduce the risk, and to enjoy alcohol responsibly: • Remember that the Network Rail policy and our Lifesaving Rules state that you must never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work, or when travelling to and from work. • When taking prescription drugs, always ask your GP about any possible side effects. If in doubt contact the medication enquiry service via our occupational health provider. Plus, it is helpful to share information about your prescription drugs (and their side effects) with your line manager.

Look out for each other this winter

www.iamroadsmart.com

6


Look out for each other this Summer This summer we need to look out for each other and highlight dangers to make sure that we all get home safely every day. We’ve got some information from the TSA website, they have produced a number of safety briefs and material to support you Rail temperature is critical in the summer months and is monitored to avoid “buckling” of track. Rail worker temperature is just as

critical. Make sure you stay focused. Remember to take on plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated. All throughout the summer months but especially on those hotter days. Make sure you take care of your skin and use sun cream on exposed skin. Site security and infrastructure access points must be controlled to prevent unauthorised access from members of the public and children during school holidays.

Lineside neighbours are more likely to have their windows open. Take care to keep noise to a minimum especially at night. Reduce the number of road vehicles and manage travel and parking to avoid causing a nuisance to the public. People are twice as likely to trespass on the tracks over the summer you should make sure you know if the railway you are working on is a trespassing hotspot.

Did you know....? •

There is an increased risk of fire from Hot Works and burning activities. Ensure control measures are planned to prevent fire from sparks or heat resources. Fire fighting equipment must be located at the point of work for these reasons.

Sun glare has contributed to an average of 28 road deaths per year in the UK since 2010. This includes pedestrians.

Network Rail’s alcohol limit is one third of the England and Wales drink drive limit.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is currently estimated to affect up to 2 million people in the UK.*

Trespassing on railway tracks is at a 10 year high.

7


Mental Health Awareness Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every year, starting on the second Monday of May. The aim of this week is to raise awareness about mental health with lots of group activities and simple exercises to get people talking about mental health. If you notice a colleague acting out of the ordinary, you

might want to check in to see if they are ok! Most of us commonly reply with ‘I’m ok thanks’ when asked how we are, but it takes just an extra second to double check. For more information on mental health awareness and training, go to: www.mhfaengland.org.

8


Coronavirus

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: • Get home or into work • Blow your nose, sneeze or cough • Eat or handle food

CORONAVIRUS

PROTECT For more information and the Government’s Action Plan go to nhs.uk/coronavirus

YOURSELF & OTHERS

9


Audience: Siemens Mobility Limited

EHS Guidance

Subject: On–Site Drug & Alcohol screening during COVID-19 Version 1. Issue date 02/07/20 Introduction Returning our business to full operational capacity without compromising our robust assurance processes presents us with many new challenges as we consider what the new Normal might look like. For many of our site teams the first step in that assurance process is the site induction and the accompanying Drug and Alcohol indicative screening process. This EHS Guidance therefore provides an outline induction methodology that can be adopted/adjusted to suit the needs of particular project environments where indicative Drug and Alcohol screening forms part of the standard induction process. The guiding principals given below should be applied at all times. Personal Hygiene Hand washing facilities should be in close proximity to the induction room and used prior to the induction. Social Distancing The standard 2 metre separation must be maintained at all times when carrying out all aspects of the site induction including the standard indicative Drugs and Alcohol screening test. Equipment Drug and Alcohol screening will be undertaken using our standard issue digital alcometers and saliva swabs Location Each project will provide a suitable induction environment of sufficient size to accommodate social distancing during the induction process. Record Keeping Project induction forms will be laid out in advance of the induction onto a cleaned surface/desk and completed by the inductees during the induction. Following the induction the completed forms are left face up on the desk. The inductor then takes digital photographs of the forms and uploads them to the project file. Once all photographs have been taken the inductees place the forms into a project supplied paper shredder. PPE The inductor will wear Nitrile gloves and a Surgical/FFP2 face mask throughout the Drug and Alcohol screening process.

10


Audience: Siemens Mobility Limited

EHS Guidance

Subject: On–Site Drug & Alcohol screening during COVID-19

Denotes action by inductor

Denotes action by inductee

Version 1. Issue date 02/07/20

Prepare the room

The Induction room is prepared in advance with appropriate social distancing measures applied and communicated

Carry out visual check of pre-packed saliva swabs

Pre-packed D&A kits are checked in advance of the induction. Any with broken seals are disposed of and not used

Retrieve D&A testing kit from desk

Pre-packed D&A kits are checked in advance of the induction. Any with broken seals are disposed of and not used

Retrieve D&A testing kit from desk

Label D&A testing kit with your personal identifier using the marker pen provided

Self administer the D&A test

The test is self administered by the inductee under the guidance of the inductor

Complete induction documentation

Leave completed documentation on the desk face up ready to be photographed

Enter into project file

Upload digital records of induction into the project file

Dispose of used equipment

Paper records are shredded in the induction room – used D&A kits are placed in a refuse sac ready for disposal

11


Social Media Issued to:

All Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors

Ref:

NRB20-09

Date of issue: 27/08/2020 Location:

National

Contact:

Investigation & Assurance

Overview You may be aware of a video circulating on social media of a group of track workers sitting in the cess very close to the running line as a train passes by at speed.

It is essential that in all aspects of our work that people challenge unsafe behaviours at the time. Close call, CIRAS and the worksafe procedure may be used.

Network Rail is investigating the origins of the video and early indications suggest that this is historic.

Historic videos of this nature being shared without context undermine the work that the industry has done and continues to do to improve trackworker safety.

Discussion Points As a reminder to all staff that we must never allow ourselves to become complacent in either implementing or demonstrating safe procedures and behaviours: •

• • •

Managers, supervisors and planners, are you satisfied that the Safe Work Pack keeps the team safe and deals with hazards? Has the safe system of work been tested to show it is fit for purpose? Remember to always acknowledge train warnings. Make sure you know your position of safety, and move to it at least 10 seconds before a train passes.

• • • •

Always wear the correct PPE. Unless it is an emergency, staff should not be using their personal mobile devices whilst on or near the line. Feedback any issues or improvements of the safe work pack to the planner and responsible manager. Always watch out for your work group and help them comply with the above points.

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins

12


Withdrawal of the HVD03/2D live line indicator from use by Network Rail staff Issued to:

All Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors

Ref:

NRA20-10

Date of issue: 14/08/2020 Location:

National

Contact:

Linda Penfold, Professional Head Contact Systems (AC/DC) Felix Langley, Professional Head of Power Distribution HV/LV

Overview The HVD03/2D (PADs Number 094/007055) live line indicator shall be withdrawn from use by all Network Rail staff from the 14th August. Contractors and third parties are still permitted to use the HVD03/2D after the 14th August 2020 until a future date. Although where alternate live line indicators are available, they shall be used in preference to the HVD03/2D. Until the HVD03/2D live line indicators have been completely withdrawn, the 3-metre rule will remain in place as in the Safety Advice NRA2005. For devices that do not have a proving unit, a weekly check on a known live 25kV supply must be carried out as stated in the briefs.

Staff should only use the following live line indicators: • • • • • • • •

Westminster D3 resistive Cotec C31 resistive Pfisterer KP-Test 5HL Capacitive live line tester Arthur Flury AG 25kV Capacitive live line indicator High voltage indicators and live line testers - LLT 33kV - HVI London Midland type resistive Eastern Region type resistive HVD03/2B - HS1 only

The lifesaving rules and associated guidance for Test Before Earth and Test Before Touch on 25kV OLE must still be followed as in the Safety Advice NRA18-12.

Immediate action required • • •

HVD03/2D live line indicators must be quarantined and not used by Network Rail staff after the 14th August 2020. Staff should only use live line indicators that they have been briefed to use. Always use live line indicators as instructed.

If at any point staff feel unsafe with any aspect of working on or about the 25kV OLE infrastructure and associated electrical risks they should discuss their concern with their supervisor.

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins

13


Cotec C31 Live line indicator Issued to:

All Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors

Ref:

NRA20-09

Date of issue: 04/08/2020 Location:

National

Contact:

Linda Penfold, Professional Head Contact Systems (AC/DC)

Overview A recent incident involved a Cotec C31 Live Line Indicator (LLI) - Cat No 091/012337- which was damaged when used on live overhead line equipment (OLE). The live line indicator was recently delivered as a replacement for the capacitive LLI's previously subject to safety advice NRA20-05 and the user was unfamiliar with the type of tester.

An investigation of the incident concluded that the user screwed the contact hook directly into the body of the LLI and not into the (resistor) probe section. This subjected the body directly to 25kV causing it to fail and resulted in sudden movement of the tester. There was no injury to the user but minor damage to the OLE and the tester is no longer fit for use.

Immediate action required • •

Users of the Cotec C31 LLI must be trained with their set up and use prior to using them. The contact hook must only be connected to the probe and never connected directly to the main body of the LLI.

• •

The earth lead of the Cotec C31 LLI must always be connected to the traction return rail prior to use. Never raise the LLI so that the fluorescent yellow band (just above the black rain hood) goes above the contact wire. This would risk operator injury and LLI damage.

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins

14


Business Hours Emergency Number:

01483 361061

Out of Hours Emergency Number:

07930 384505

Rail Industry Confidential Reporting:

0800 4 101101

Email: info@advance-trs.com Tel:

+44 (0) 1483 361 061

Fax:

+44 (0) 1483 431 958

Registered Address: Stamford House, 91 Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4QD Website: www.Advance-TRS.com

Profile for Advance TRS

Advance TRS Safety Briefing September 2020  

Advance TRS Safety Briefing September 2020  

Advertisement