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Hot Weather Watchman (Monitor Permanent Way Infrastructure)

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of track behaviour in hot weather conditions when undertaking patrolling duties, in accordance with Network Rail Standards.


1 day

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -
• Be aware of the background and statistics relating to track buckles
• Have an understanding of track behaviour during hot weather conditions
• Have an understanding of the symptoms and causes of track buckles
• Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic visual inspection process
• Have a clear understanding of the track defects which may be affected by hot weather conditions
• Be aware of the precautions to be taken in Jointed Track, C.W.R. and S & C
• Have an understanding of the requirements of hot weather briefings
• Have an understanding of the actions to be taken during hot weather conditions

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required:
• Sound understanding of the Permanent Way Track and its components
• Prior experience in working within the Permanent Way environment

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
• Protective “all orange” High Visibility Clothing to BS EN 471:2003
• Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 20345:2004
• Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN 397:1995
• General Purpose Gloves to BS EN388:2121
• Safety Glasses BS EN166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A Certificate of Training will be awarded to the delegate upon successful completion of the course. Certification has no expiry. Continued assessments must take place in accordance with industry and legislative requirements for competence management.