Post by aslefshrugged on Dec 12, 2018 19:56:58 GMT
"Section 12" is the term used for any station subject to the Fire Precautions (Sub Surface Railway Stations) Regulations 1989. "Section 12" actually refers to the bit of the Railways Act (can't remember which one) that allows amendments by the Secretary of State for Transport.
The specific clause in the 1989 Regulations1 regarding minimum staffing levels appears to be section 10 (4):
The periods of duty of the persons employed to work in station premises as members of the staff of the station premises shall be so arranged as to secure that not less than two of those persons are present on duty in the premises at all times when members of the public have access to the premises.
Subject to the following provisions of this section, the Regulator2 may modify the conditions of a licence if the holder of the licence consents to the modifications.
However as the Act postdates the Regulations, either the "Section 12" name must be a relatively recent appellation or it is not the origin of the phrase. Section 13(3) of the Regulations provide that a breach of provisions, including 10(4), constitutes and offence under section 12 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971.
1. These regulations have been superceded, in respect of England, by the Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) (England) Regulations 2009, but the relevant clause, now Section 10 (2), remains unchanged in wording. 2. As originally enacted, it has been revised multiple times and presently reads "Office of Rail and Road" 3. The Act has been repealed as a whole by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Last Edit: Dec 12, 2018 22:58:35 GMT by Chris M: fix superscript numbering
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Post by aslefshrugged on Dec 13, 2018 10:05:00 GMT
Chris M Thank you I remembered from my H&S Rep days that it was Section 12 of some Act but couldn't remember which. Also the 1989 Regulations were replaced by the 2009 Regulations.
brigham Something to do with staffing levels, not sure what as its RMT Bakerloo station staff and I'm ASLEF Central Line train crew
rtt1928 Indeed, all "Section 12s" have a minimum staffing level set by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), from memory its enough staff to physically clear the station in 5 minutes. This can vary from somewhere like Temple where the minimum is two staff (one of who is a "supervisor" or whatever today's equivalent is) all the way up to Kings Cross which on a weekday starts with a minimum of 11 staff (with three supervisors!!!) then rises to 19 between 7:30am and 8pm then back down to 11 until close of traffic.
Indeed, all "Section 12s" have a minimum staffing level set by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), from memory its enough staff to physically clear the station in 5 minutes. This can vary from somewhere like Temple where the minimum is two staff (one of who is a "supervisor" or whatever today's equivalent is) all the way up to Kings Cross which on a weekday starts with a minimum of 11 staff (with three supervisors!!!) then rises to 19 between 7:30am and 8pm then back down to 11 until close of traffic.
FWIW, the Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) (England) Regulations 2009 specify that there must be a minimum of two members of staff on duty at any station covered by the Regulations. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires L.U.L to ensure that there are sufficient competent people on duty dependent on the risk. The Congestion Control & Emergency Plan is L.U.L’s answer to this and states amongst other things the minimum numbers of staff on duty. The minimum numbers are not set by LFEPA (In any case this organisation doesn’t exist anymore) but are set by the landlord for the station, the Area Manager (formerly G.S.M) in conjunction with the Health + safety reps and the Contingency Planning department.
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