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Network Rail

Background facts

  • Network Rail manages, maintains and develops Britain's rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, and many key railway stations.
  • The company employs around 35,000 people directly, and manages over 100,000 industry colleagues across the supply chain.
  • With nearly 1.7 billion passenger journeys made a year, the company aims to deliver a railway that is safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever before, and that will help to build a thriving, sustainable future for the country.

The challenge

A big challenge within the rail industry is the exposure to silica dust, especially for employees who work in the quarries and on the track, as well as those who handle and transport ballast.

To find out the amount of silica dust employees are potentially exposed to on site, Network Rail placed dosimeters on workers' shoulders and used the results as a baseline data on silica dust exposure risks.

The response

Learn more about how Network Rail aimed to improve the control of exposure to silica dust in the workplace through raising awareness, monitoring levels of silica dust periodically, and building a sustainable approach to managing the health and wellbeing of its employees.

In this case study you'll find 'Good practice takeaways' that can be used in your own organisation.

Full Network Rail case study (PDF 4.9MB)