Information for sponsors:
The Sentinel Scheme rules were created for anyone involved in the system; they outline responsibilities, policies and breaches that must be adhered to. You can access the latest version (March 2020) of them here.
The Sentinel Board has endorsed more rigor to promote and enforce compliance with the Sentinel Scheme Rules including, where necessary, removing the right of sponsors to provide staff to work on Network Rail’s managed infrastructure.
The Sentinel Scheme Rules were put in place to ensure the safety of Individuals and Sponsors who work on Network Rail’s managed infrastructure. One of the principles in the Sentinel Scheme Rules is that each Sponsor has the same obligations as an employer in health and safety law for every worker that the primary sponsor.
Supplier Assurance Provider Registration
For an organisation to be approved by Network Rail as a Sponsor, they must initially register with the approved Supplier Assurance Provider. All Sponsors will need to have a management system in place to demonstrate their ability to Sponsor, in accordance with section 3 of the Sentinel Scheme Rules.
Sponsor organisations can apply to be Trackside or non-trackside level sponsors. The level dictates the competences that can be held by Individuals they sponsor and therefore the environments the Individuals can work in.
An organisation registered with an approved Supplier Assurance Provider as a Trackside Sponsor shall be subject to an annual assurance process. This will include a management system audit to demonstrate that the organisation has documented processes for the key management system requirements required to be a Trackside Sponsor.
An organisation registered with an approved Supplier Assurance Provider as a non-Trackside Sponsor shall be subject to a random management system audit to demonstrate that the organisation has documented processes for the key management system requirements required to be a non-Trackside Sponsor.