Occupational health training resources and further help

Advice on finding suitable occupational health training, including a draft health syllabus tailored for rail managers, and free training resources for smaller companies.

As part of our review of existing occupational health training syllabuses, our aim was to source one that could provide rail managers with a broad overview of health risk management, as well as sufficient knowledge of the key occupational health issues facing the rail industry.

Although no single syllabus is likely to meet health management training needs across all parts of the rail industry, the Construction Industry Training Body has worked with us on potential development of a certificate in health and wellbeing pdf icon PDF, 52 Kb. We believe that this rail industry syllabu designed as a general qualification across industry sectors, would be a good fit for front line rail managers who have significant responsibility for managing the health of their staff.

Other occupational health training organisations (see further help and guidance below) have indicated that they may also be willing to develop or tailor health risk management courses to meet specific rail industry needs, if there is interest in and commitment from the industry to doing so.

For companies specifically involved in rail construction and renewals work, particularly smaller sub-contractors and even heritage operators, basic occupational health training material already developed for the construction sector might be a useful starting point.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced free guidance called Construction Occupational Health Management Essentials or COHME. It offers help with:

  • risk assessment for the main construction industry health risks (asbestos, dermatitis, hand arm vibration risk, MSDs, noise, respiratory disease, and work related stress);
  • provides useful guidance on roles under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM);
  • minimum competences for occupational health service providers; and
  • health surveillance in construction.

We understand that Constructing Better Health is in the process of developing an on-line suite of occupational health training modules for the construction industry, which may also be relevant to rail construction and renewals work.

Further help and guidance

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Professional health and safety bodies, charities and other not-for-profit organisations may provide a useful starting point in seeking advice on health training for managers. There are also many commercial training providers who may be able to help. We do not endorse particular training organisations.