This course is designed to convert persons with the current COSS competence to SWL 1. The course is a 3- day classroom-based course. The SWL competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to plan and set up a safe system of work on or near the line for a group of people (two or more). A SWL can also carry out the duties of an IWA provided there are no medical restrictions that would prevent this. This course includes the importance of using the correct planning protocols, applying the SSoW and adopting the appropriate behaviours to be able to carry out this role safely and effectively. This course aims to provide delegates with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake Safe Work Leader duties in line with competence.

Course Objectives

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Carry out the Safe Work Leader (SWL) role
  • - Introduction
  • - Describe SWL Breakdown
  • - Explain Accountability & Responsibility
  • Apply Safety Management
  • - List Non-technical skills
  • - Describe human factors
  • - Explain Communication Skills
  • - Deliver Briefing Practice
  • Understand risk/hazard identification
  • - List 5 step assessment
  • - Identify risks and hazards
  • - Describe controlling measures
  • Identify Health & Well-being risks
  • - Explain Health & Well-being risks to the workgroup
  • - Describe Health & Well-being management measures
  • Employ the Safe Work Pack process
  • - Explain the business process
  • - List SSoW Methods
  • - Create a safe work pack
  • Conduct SSoW worksite briefing
  • - Prepare a SWP briefing
  • Theory Assessment
  • Practical Assessment
  • Post course objectives

Course Prerequisites

  • Candidates must be a minimum age of 18
  • Candidates must hold a Sentinel Card endorsed with a valid IWA or COSS competence
  • The SWL 2 E-Learning module must have been completed. The certificate must be handed to the trainer at the start of the course.
  • Candidates must hold a valid Medical Level 1 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

Successful candidates will be notified to sentinel as being trained and assessed as competent and their sentinel card will be endorsed SWL 1. This competence will be valid for five years. Recertification is completed by completing an online exam, verified by an invigilator at a Network Rail approved training centre.


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