Controller of Site Safety (COSS)

Controller of Site Safety (COSS)

Duration: 6 days

Course Description

Intended Audience

This course is for those individuals who will carry out the duties of a Controller of Site Safety (COSS) set up Safe Systems of Work for a group whilst on or near the line.

Course delivery model:
  • Pre study packs issued to learners, handbook & key point cards 6,7,8 & 9
  • Classroom and practical sessions
  • Mentorship and workplace assessment

Course Overview
  • Know the roles and responsibilities of a COSS
  • Be able to check the competencies via Sentinel
  • Demonstrate a good COSS briefing
  • Access information about the site
  • Demonstrate the Safe System of Work planning process
  • Correctly appoint Lookouts/Site Wardens
  • Demonstrate use of the sighting distance chart and how this can be attained
  • Understand and demonstrate a good level of both written and verbal communications
  • Demonstrate the ability to take and hand back line blockages
  • State the process when working within a possession
  • Understand and state the process for working in a siding
  • How to manage an incident and the role of the RIO
  • Understand the LCV process

Learners preparation prior to the course:

  • Must hold the required medical level and in-date drug/alcohol test.
  • PTS must be held and is renewed as part of the course, so the minimum log book requirement must be met.
  • Have a good level of literacy.
  • Pre COSS workbook needs completing
  • Have a valid sponsor
  • Have at least 12 months experience of the skill

On successful completion of the course:

Your track safety card will be updated to include both the PTS recertification and (Probationary) COSS. You must complete the mentoring requirements and pass a workplace assessment within 4 months. You must be accompanied at all times by a full COSS holder until this is completed. An interim assessment (between 9 and 15 months after the post mentoring assessment) must also be completed.

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