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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of Rail

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide the delegate with the understanding and skill to undertake non-destructive testing of the rail in accordance with current Network Rail Standard, including Liquid Particle Testing


2 days

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -
• Have a clear understanding of the Network Rail Standards which relate to non-destructive testing of the rail.
• Be able to inspect the condition of the rail and welds by using both magnetic particle and dye penetrative inspection.
• Be aware of the relevant Health and Safety requirements relating to the use of chemicals etc. PUWER, COSHH.
• Be aware of the regulations when working the vicinity of Overhead Line and D.C. Lines.

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required: -
• Prior knowledge of the Permanent Way track and its components.

PPE Requirements

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore they MUST be in possession of: -
• Protective “all orange” High Visibility clothing to BS EN 471
• Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 20345
• Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN 397
• Safety Glasses BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F
• General Purpose Gloves to BS EN388


A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of the course. Certification is valid for 3-years subject to required mentorship.