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F: Specialist activities

2 overview 

Supporting information to complement this section can be found in the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) standards catalogue or the Network Rail Safety Central website:

Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) 
Network Rail Safety 

2.1 An explanation of how the ROGS Regulations apply to safety critical work is contained within ORR publication Safety critical tasks – Clarification of ROGS Regulations requirements (Railways safety publication 4). 

2.2 For further information visit the Network Rail Safety Central website. 

2.3 If making enquiries about becoming a supplier of construction services to Network Rail, a list of the main contacts can be found on the Network Rail website , or you can email them directly .

2.4.2 Workers who successfully undergo PTS training receive a Keypoints – Personal track safety (PTS) health and safety booklet outlining safe working procedures and their responsibilities when working on the railways. A PDF copy of the booklet is available online.  

2.5.2 In recognition of these serious risks the Construction Plant-hire Association and Network Rail have developed guidance for tower cranes and mobile cranes alongside railways, which are free to download from their website:

Requirements for tower cranes alongside railways controlled by Network Rail 

Requirements for mobile cranes alongside railways controlled by Network Rail 

Appendix C For further details, the structure and full text of the Good practice guide on competence development visit the Railway Group Standards Online website. 

3.2 For further information refer to guidance from the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC). For further information refer to the Code of Practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework (BS 5975). 

3.3.3 For further information refer to the NFDC guidance on demolition attachments. 

3.6 A useful source of information is the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC). 

3.7.1 A card scheme for the certification of competence of demolition operatives (CCDO) is managed by the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG). 

3.7.2 For further guidance refer to the NFDC document Disconnection of services for demolition and refurbishment work places. 

3.7.3 Information on reducing the health risks in construction work can be found on the HSE website. 

3.7.4 Notification of notifiable non-licensed work can be made online using form ASB NNLW 1 

3.7.4 For advice on suitable awareness training visit the HSE website. 

3.7.4 Asbestos guidance note Industry guidance for non-licensed work with asbestos-containing materials within a demolition or refurbishment environment is available from the NFDC. 

3.8.2 The NFDC has produced guidance on demolishing multistorey structures of 18 m and above, and in the use of high and ultra high-reach demolition machines to improve procurer and user awareness. High-reach demolition rig guidance notes is available to members from the National Federation of Demolition Contractors. 

3.9.4 For further information refer to the Code of Practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites (BS 5228). 

Appendix B For further information regarding DRIDs visit the NFDC website. 

6.1 For further information visit the Home Builders Federation’s (HBF) website. 

6.1 The HBF has made available a managers' toolbox talk that can be made bespoke and delivered to staff and contractors on site. 

6.1 For further information on the home building skills pledge visit the HBF website. 

6.2.1 The HBF produces an annual report on health and safety statistics, provided voluntarily by a number of its member organisations, which is available on the HBF website. 

6.3 The HSE has produced several before and after interactive case studies on vehicle safety in the workplace, which are based on events that inspectors have reported. 

6.3 A safety, health and environmental agreement is available for use by house builders intending to work together to ensure the safe development of the main infrastructure in respect of traffic and pedestrian management and public safety throughout the works. 

6.4.1 Delivering safely can be downloaded from the BPDWG website. 

6.4.1 For detailed information refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association’s (CPA) Work at height whilst loading and unloading transport (Best practice guide). 

6.4.2 Visit the Strategic Forum for Plant Safety website for guidance on safe use of telehandlers in construction and guidance on lifting suspended loads with telehandlers. 

6.4.2 For further information on the Safe use of vehicles on construction sites visit the HSE website. 

6.4.2 In addition to this guidance the HBF Health and Safety forum has produced accompanying guidance for the manoeuvering of roof trusses by telehandlers. 

6.6.2 The Fire Protection Association (FPA), in conjunction with the Construction Confederation (CC), published the ninth edition of Fire prevention on construction sites .

6.6.3 Guidance can be found in the HSE publication Fire safety in construction (HSG168), which can be downloaded free from its website.  

6.6.3  The Structural Timber Association (STA) publishes free guidance documents that can be downloaded from their website, including 16 steps to fire safety, which promotes good fire practice on timber-frame construction sites. 

6.6.3 The STA has also produced a Designers' guide to structural timber frame fire safety video for the construction industry. 

6.7 The The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) guidance sheet Controlling silica when disc cutting roof tiles can be downloaded free from its website. 

6.7 The construction dust partnership provides information to industry to promote good practice and reduce dust related diseases.

Appendix A Further information can be found on the workplace transport  and falls  sections of the HSE website.

Appendix B The information below is based on Manoeuvring roof trusses guidance developed by members of the Home Builders Health and Safety forum, which is available to download from the HBF website.