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Safex, the Railtrack safety executive, this week finally accepted Railtrack's group standard governing the safety of staff working on railway lines. The standard, renamed RT/LS/S/019, had previously been rejected by the executive amid fears that it would affect performance. Delays to the implementation of the standard had led to threats of enforcement action from the Health & Safety Executive (NCE 6 December 2001). One industry source welcomed the proposed introduction of the standard, but questioned how long it would take to implement.

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