This course is for anyone aged 18 or over that is: required to undertake the role of the Lookout and provide a warning to others working in the railway environment that a train is approaching or undertake the role of the Site Warden and warn individuals when they stray towards the safe working limits which the COSS/SWL has set as part of the safe system.

Course Objectives

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Duties of the COSS
  • Introduction to Lookout/Site Warden duties
  • Site Warden/Lookout's equipment
  • Duties of the Lookout
  • Duties of the Site Warden
  • Duties of the On Track Plant Lookout
  • Lookout operated warning systems (LOWS)
  • Theory assessment
  • Practical/verbal assessment
  • Completion of post course training objectives

Course Prerequisites

  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Currently hold a valid PTS competence (candidate must be out of learning support)
  • Candidates must hold a valid Medical and Drugs and Alcohol certificate issued by Network Rail
  • Candidates must have a good command of the English language
  • Candidates must be primary sponsored

Course Outcome

On successful completion of the Lookout course delegates will be able to carry out the duties of the Lookout/Site Warden. Sentinel will be notified of successful completion and the candidates’ sentinel card will be updated. The competence is initially valid for 1 year under a probationary period, once candidates have completed the probationary period, the competence will then be valid for 2 years. To recertify, candidates must have undertaken a minimum of four shifts and undertook a minimum of two line manager reviews – they will need to be recorded in the work experience book issued by Seaton Rail.


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