Operating trains

1) Bringing a train into service

Sufficient time should be allocated in diagrams (without detriment to PNBs or other requirements) to arrive at the starting point in good enough time to prevent contact with other passengers and staff.

 

This could be achieved by: 

a) Staff only walking routes

b) Staff only platform areas

c) The use of passenger announcements to control boarding and alighting

d) Barriers to control passenger access to platforms

e) Or other agreed measure

 

If members are starting a service, they should have been notified in advance or there should be a clear indication in the cab that an agreed cab cleaning process has been carried out.

 

If a member is in doubt that regular cleaning has been carried out and is as a result concerned for their own safety, they should start the company’s refusal to work process (or equivalent)

 

 

2) Relieving another driver

Sufficient time should be allocated in diagrams (without detriment to PNB’s or other requirements) to arrive at the relieving point in good enough time to prevent contact with other passengers and staff.

 

This could be achieved by:

a) Staff only walking routes.

b) Staff only platform areas.

c) The use of passenger announcements to control boarding and alighting.

d) Barriers to control passenger access to platforms.

e) Or other agreed measure.

 

When relieving another driver, members should:

a) Arrive at the relieving point in good time.

b) Keep your personal Drivers' keys with you – do not transfer them between drivers, even if this means shutting down and re-opening the cab desk.

c) Stand 2 metres from the exit and wait for the driver to leave the cab.

d) Whilst observing social distancing measures you should carry out a verbal handover.

e)  Enter the driving cab and clean the controls and frequently touched surfaces (if necessary).

f)  Additional time should be allocated to carry out these tasks.

 

 

3) Leaving the train

Sufficient time should be allocated in diagrams (without detriment to PNBs or other requirements) to leave a relieving point or terminus in good enough time to prevent contact with other passengers and staff.

 

This could be achieved by: 

a) Staff only walking routes.

b) Staff only platform areas.

c) The use of passenger announcements to control boarding and alighting.

d) Barriers to control passenger access to platforms. 

e) Or other agreed measure.

 

When being relieved by another driver members should:

a)  Ensure that the relieving driver is standing 2 meters away from the cab exit.

b)  leave the driving cab when it's safe to do so (if you are in passenger service you should avoid exiting via the saloon).

c)  Whilst observing social distancing measures you should carry out a verbal handover.

d)  Go directly to your next place of work, PNB point or home as appropriate.

 

 

4) Third party sites

Some third-party sites (e.g. freight yards and maintenance depots) already employ additional safety measures when accessing their property. With the COVID-19 outbreak these companies may have extended this requirement to PPE used to protect their employees from COVID-19.

 

If your company must access these third-party sites, then members should be advised in advance of all the requirements regarding the use of additional PPE at that site including:

a) What facilities are available for the issue of additional equipment at the site (if required).

b) Disposal procedures and facilities at the site.

c) Methods of working at the site whilst using PPE.

 

We also advise that best practice is:

a) For members and negotiators to take note of the section on PPE and Personal hygiene in the ASLEF guidance document and bulletins.

b) For your company to provide training for the use of the PPE required.

c) For your company to provide a sufficient supply of PPE for the sites they are expected to access.

d) For your company to provide sufficient means of disposal for used PPE.


 

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