|Publication Date:||5 September 2020|
This business process details the process for work groups / employees to deal with immediate safety problems.
It applies to:
a) all Network Rail business functions and all Network Rail employees;
b) all staff employed by Network Rail or its contractors through the Supply Chain Operations or Capital Delivery.
NOTE: If there is no immediate risk to safety and the employee does not think it necessary to instigate the worksafe procedure, two other options are available:
a) Close Calls contactable via telephone on 01908 723500 or the App.
b) CIRAS is an alternative method of confidentially raising a safety concern to the respective management level. "CIRAS can be contacted by telephone on 0800 4 101 101, by text message to 07507 285 887 or in writing to "Freepost CIRAS".
The CIRAS office is open from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. A message may be left with contact details outside these hours. One of the CIRAS team will arrange to call back at a time to suit.
This business process:
a) enables work groups / employees to feel confident that if they have genuine concerns about the safety of a task or a system of work, their concerns will be given serious consideration and they will not face recriminations.
b) allows for work to stop if there is a potential or imminent risk of an accident or incident arising;
c) can be applied for example, by a work group / employee if they are asked to undertake a task without the required training, equipment or personal protective equipment, or if there are no adequate risk controls in the task briefing or safe system of work in place.
NOTE: This list is not exhaustive. The Network Rail Worksafe Procedure Policy Statement is in appendix A.