Safety

The Downs Light Railway is a fully working light railway. Safety is absolutely paramount with all our activities. This page outlines the personal protective equipment requirements for all participants involved in the operation and maintenance of the railway. Accredited equipment ensures adequate protection. This is a mandatory and non-negotiable requirement for taking part in the Trust's activities on the Downs Light Railway. Parents, legal guardians, and youth leaders must ensure that the young people under their care have the correct safety equipment to avoid being turned away.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact safety@DLRTrust.co.uk.

Body Protection

Inherent fire retardant and anti-static coveralls must be worn by all young people and adults engaged in our activities. The Downs Light Railway Trust is the sole stockist of appropriate coveralls for children under 14-years of age.

Coveralls must be accredited to BS EN ISO 11611:2015 and BS EN ISO 11612:2015. This protects individuals from flames, molten metal, radiant heat, and short term accidental contact.

It is desirable that coveralls are also accredited to BS EN ISO 11611:2015 to protect individuals from electrical hazards. It is desirable that coveralls are also accredited to BS EN 1149-3:2004 and BS EN 1149-5:2018 to protect individuals from electrostaic properties.

Foot Protection

Shoes / boots with toe and mid sole protection must be worn by all young people and adults engaged in our activities. Shoes are readily available in sizes down to 7-years of age.

Footware must be accredited to BS EN ISO 20345:2011, Safety Rating SB (Toe Cap Impact Resistance) + P (Penetration Resistance).

Hand Protection

Abrasion, cut, impact and puncture resistant gloves must be worn by all young people and adults engaged in all activities. Standard rigger gloves should be worn for general activities, while mechanical hazard gloves should be worn for workshop activities.

Gloves must be accredited to BS EN 388:2016+A1:2018

Safety gloves should have the EN 388 logo and protection level code. When buying gloves, the websites should indicate the code and the gloves themselves should have the logo and protection code on the label.

For smaller children's sizes of rigger gloves, the protection level may not be displayed. Where possible, please ensure gloves conform to EN 388 and if declared please ensure it has a protection level of at least 3 1 2 1.

For the more advanced members of the railway who wish to work on the locomotives and in the workshop, nitrile coated mechanical hazard gloves offer better dexterity for handing small components. Please ensure that it has a protection level of at least 3 1 3 1.

Eyesight

Individuals who require corrective vision, must wear their glasses or contact lenses during all activities on the railway. This particularly important when members of the railway are operating locomotives or working in low light levels.

Due to the associated risks of operating locomotives and machinery, our staff are obliged to perform a risk assessment. Where possible an accessibility plan will be established.

Medical or Behaviour Conditions

Conditions that limit the physical ability or mental ability and concentration of participants, must be brought to the attention of the Trust's staff. This also applies to visual and hearing impediments.

Due to the associated risks of operating locomotives and machinery, our staff are obliged to perform a risk assessment. Where possible an accessibility plan will be established.

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