We are improving Sentinel for its users by taking advantage of the technology upgrade now available. Saltley, Perth and Carlisle will be the first to use the new Sentinel card.
Sentinel will remain our access card to working on the railway and the improved service will:
- Reduce site registration times using smart phone technology;
- Verify that 100% of people accessing the railway have the correct credentials to do so;
- Provide an extended lone worker support solution;
- Provide a registry of the people and skills that are on site;
- Improve our capability to manage risks associated with fatigue;
- Seek opportunities to improve and stream frontline processes.
For a card carrier, the biggest change is that secure and encrypted information is stored on the smartcard’s chip and updated through regular use, rather than printed on the card itself. This means that a single card with a life of up to 5 years will be used to authenticate the individual - regardless of how often changes are made to the sponsor, competence or medical record.
Cascade Briefing Note- Sentinel Cards during Transition (PDF 185 KB)- Dec 2013
Sentinel 24 Hour Hotline (DOC 980 KB) Dec 2013
Guidance Note Old and New Card issue (PDF 208 KB) Nov 2013
Latest Sentinel Update (PDF 344 KB) Sept 25th 2013
Sentinel Update (PDF 262 KB) aug 2013
Sentinel Road Map
(PDF 13 KB)NCCA to Sentinel Transfer (DOCX 167 KB)
Rail Training Accreditation Scheme Rules
The RTAS Rules have been have been rewritten and are issued as an interim set of rules pending a more detailed rewrite due in 2014. These interim rules have been updated to reflect best practice across the rail training industry and will be enforced from 6 January 2014. RTAS Interim Rules (PDF 144 KB)
August 2015 OLEC Changes
Overhead Line construction competencies (OLEC) mandated through NR/L2/CTM028 will now be enforced through the Sentinel Scheme. Without a valid Sentinel competence, staff may not be permitted to work on a Network Rail OLE (Overhead Line Equipment) construction site from 1 August 2015.
More Information (PDF 49 KB) - July 2015
Introductory Presentation (PDF 1.00 MB) - July 2015
A short film overviewing the capability and the changes of the New Sentinel scheme can be viewed here (WMV 200.00 MB)
The New Sentinel cards will have a staged launch, June for Network Rail and a September release for the wider industry
More information for Sentinel Sponsors can be found here
For the latest updates and information on new Sentinel visit the railsentinel.co.uk website
The New Sentinel programme team presented at the PSLG Safety Forum in Dec 2012 click here