This course is designed to convert persons with the current COSS competence to SWL1. They will also pass the pre-qualifier assessment and have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the SWL conversion and subsequent competence.
The SWL competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to plan and set up a safe system of work on or near the line for a group (two or more). An SWL can also carry out the duties of an IWA provided there are no medical restrictions that would prevent this.
The SWL conversion course will take delegates through the procedures as set out in the extant Rule Books; Handbook 6; Handbook 7, Handbook 8, Handbook 9, Handbook 10, Handbook 13, Handbook 20 (General duties of an SWL outside a possession) and Handbook 21 (SWL blocking a line).
The course includes the importance of using the correct planning protocols, applying the SSOW and adopting the appropriate behaviours to be able to carry out this role safely and effectively.