Course Aims

This course is intended to provide delegates with a full understanding of the Ballast Tamper and the method of carrying out these duties in a safe and efficient manner.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will:

  • Understand fully the responsibilities relating to the operation of Hand Held Petrol Ballast Tampers
  • Understand the competent persons role within that system
  • Be able to identify the different components of the Ballast Tamper
  • Understand fully the safety requirements included in the Regulations
  • Be aware of and avoid the dangers when using the Ballast Tamper
  • Know how to safely check the Ballast Tamper prior to use and the action necessary with faulty equipment
  • Be able to fault find in the event of operational difficulties
  • Know the operating precautions to be applied and on whose authority it can be used.

Course Duration

Half a day for practical application of ballast tamping.

Pre-requisites

Delegates will require to hold a valid P.T.S. Certificate.

Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore, he/she 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 EN 388:2121
  • Ear Protection
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F
  • Overalls

The protective equipment must comply with current safety standards.

Certification

A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to the delegate upon successful completion of both an underpinning knowledge theory assessment and practical on-site assessment.