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Grinding Operative S&C - Initial

Course Aims

The course is intended to provide the delegate with the knowledge and skills required to be competent to carry out the duties of a Rail Grinding Operative for switches and crossings, excluding plain line.


5 days

Learning Objectives

Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the duties of a Grinding Operative.

Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of Abrasive Wheels for Rail Deburers (MC3).

Be able to identify the effects of Rolling Contact Fatigue in S&C only.

Be able to demonstrate competency in the safety aspects and use of the MC3.

Be able to use relevant track gauges

Be able to demonstrate an understanding of Liquid Penetrant Testing.

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required:
• Prior experience in working within the Permanent Way Environment
• A basic knowledge of the track and its components
• Hold a valid certificate in the safe use of Abrasive Wheels in accordance with the PUWER Regulations (1998)
• Manual Handling

PPE Requirements

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line and therefore, they MUST be in possession of:-
• Valid P.T.S. Card
• High Visibility Flame Retardant Coverall to EN531, EN470 and GO/RT3279
• Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 15090 H13 C1 AN-F2A-PPE 3aCAT
• Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN 397
• Anti-Vibration Gloves
• Safety Glasses BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance B
• Dust Mask BS EN149 or M3 Air- fed Respirator Safety Mask

The protective equipment must comply with current safety standards.


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