Personal Track Safety – Initial

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with the understanding required to successfully interpret the relevant parts of the Network Rail Personal Track Safety Handbook when required to go on or the near line.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Have the ability to understand the railway environment and basic track terminology
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of all relevant safety procedures.
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of all safe procedures, including personal safety when on or near the line
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the positions of safety
  • Be aware of the relevant personal safety equipment
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to make an emergency call
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to implement the emergency procedure resulting from an emergency affecting the safety of line and trains
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to understand and use the phonetic alphabet
  • Be able to demonstrate to correctly acknowledge the warning given by train drivers, lookouts and site wardens
  • Be able to demonstrate the correct procedure for crossing the running line
  • Be able to identify the line parts of both ‘overhead line’ and DC electrified equipment
  • Have a clear understanding of minimum safe working distances from O. H. L. E.
  • Have a clear understanding of operations requiring special care when working adjacent to both O. H. L. E. and DC Electrified Line


One Day, including the assessment process.


Delegates MUST have :

  • a valid Medical and Alcohol & Drugs Certificates in accordance with Network Rail Company Standard.
  • Photographic identification, either passport, driving licence, company I.D. etc.
  • Completed the PTS E-Learning and passed the final assessment.
  • Registered on the Sentinel database.

Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore, he/she MUST be in possession of: –

  • Protective “all orange” high Visibility Clothing to BS EN 471:2003
  • Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 20345:2004
  • Safety Helmet (blue) to BS EN 397:1995
  • General Purpose Gloves to BS EN388:2121
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


This competency is valid for two years. A Network Rail Sentinel card, will be awarded to each successful candidate. Note: Any delegate who is required to work safely near or adjacent to DC conductor rails will have to attend the DC Conductor Rail course which is a separate standalone module.