Balcony Rail

Balcony's people have been working in the British rail industry for many years and have a wide experience, below are examples of the more commonly required sevices.

Rail Supplier Information & Support

This is our most popular service, providing information to suppliers that Network Rail require them to hold. Suppliers are expected to remain up to date with the following that affect their service provision:
Rail applicable legislation, Office of Road & Rail (ORR) information, Rail Accident Investigation Board (RAIB) reports, changes to Network Rail company standards, Railway Group standards, M&EE Group codes of practice, Rail Safety Bulletins, client/Principal Contractor SH&E initiatives, intelligence from rail industry bodies (Rail Industry Association, Rail Alliance, Association of Train Operating Companies, Rail Plant Association etc), rail industry briefs, rail industry best practice and intelligence.

Your company information is provided on Balcony briefs which are published securely and privately on the Balcony Dropbox. This is provided in separate "management information" and "brief information" Dropboxes allowing you to share the appropriate information via web links directly to the end user for 24/7 access. Briefs can be accessed on any mobile device or computer. This service renews anually.

This service is often supplemented with Balcony's ad-hoc consultancy support should help be required in assessing the impact of industry changes or implementing a solution.

ISO9001, ISO14001 & ISO45001

Rail licence holders and contractors are expected to have management systems to ensure Network Rail are provided with with a consistently high level of service. Network Rail's preferred indicator of this is certification to these standards. Balcony can provide an entire quality, environmental and safety documented management system suited to your existing management processes or support you with specific elements. Balcony can undertake an audit to review exactly where you are against these standards to provide the simplest fix.

Principal Contractor (PC)

In order to gain a Network Rail Principal Contractor licence (PCL) companies must demonstrate that their management systems meet legislative and Network Rail requirements and that the arrangements in place will provide the deliverables required by the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015. These requirements are tested through audit. Balcony can provide an entire PCL solution suited to your existing management processes or support you with specific elements.

Plant Operating Scheme (POS)

Similar to the PC licence approach above, in order to gain a Network Rail POS certificate companies must demonstrate that their management systems and arrangements meet legislative and Network Rail POS requirements. These requirements are tested through audit. Balcony can provide an entire POS solution suited to your existing management processes or support you with specific elements.

RISQS Supplier Status

RISQS is the Network Rail supplier assurance scheme managed by the Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB) on their behalf. Suppliers of certain products, materials and services must first become approved under the RISQS scheme. To become a RISQS registered supplier you must first register with RISQS for the specific products and servcices that you wish to provide, complete an on-line questionnaire and pass an audit for any auditable product groups (not all product groups require an audit). Balcony can provide an entire RISQS solution suited to your existing management processes or support you with specific elements including your initial audit.

For anyone unfortunate enough to have failed a RISQS audit, Balcony can help you repair this quickly and help you through the audit close-out process. We also offer an audit support service to ensure your success every time.

Sentinel Sponsor

To work on or near the line Network Rail require you to hold a Personal Track Safety (PTS) competence. For this you are required to be sponsored by a RISQS approved company, pass a PTS course, pass a railway medical and drug and alcohol (D&A) screening. To maintain sponsorship you must enter in to a Contract of Sponsorship with a sponsor, work to the Sentinel Scheme Rules and pass any random D&A screen. To become a sponsor a company requires the above RISQS supplier approval and a management system capable of demonstrating compliance with the Sentinel Scheme Rules. Balcony can provide an entire solution to sponsoring individuals suited to your existing management processes or support you with specific elements.

If we can be of any assistance or you would just like some advice, please go to the CONTACT US page and phone or email. We will be pleased to hear from you.

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