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Competency, Safety Management and RM3 Reviews

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Qualified and experienced trainers from BESTT have carried out a range of safety management and competency management  reviews both at the workshop level and using the ORR RM3 Framework. An RM3 Review has recently been carried out for a major heritage location which has a number of different operating systems and the Review has been well received by the client and staff.
An example of a workshop competency review is that carried out at the request of the Kent and East Sussex Railway (KESR) Carriage and Wagon Manager, Paul Wilson to assist in the development and implementation of a system to manage the departments staff competencies. It has been a requirement for heritage organizations to demonstrate that they have appropriate arrangements in place.

Railways are subject to the requirements of the Health and safety at Work Act and supporting Regulations such as the Management of Health and Safety and Rail and other Guided Transport Regulations. These have specific requirements to assess potential hazards and address specific controls for work that is deemed to pose a risk to transportation. One aspect is to have in place a 'Safety Management System' which requires a supporting competency system.

Traditionally organizations have deemed staff capable of certain duties and authorized them based on previous skill and experience or simply that they presently perform the function adequately. Now the requirement is to establish these arrangements formally supported with records, training requirements, identified previous experience and importantly 'on going' assessments to demonstrate and improve competence.
Having assisted the KESR there are further opportunities and BESTT has the personnel capable of providing this service.


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