Tunnelling Safety Good Practice Guides

The guides below were researched, developed and published by individual organisations or projects. Their contents do not necessarily reflect the views of the BTS, but Members may find them to be useful reference documents.

Shaft Construction (LU)

Implementing safe working practices during shaft construction


Construction Railway Operations (Crossrail)

Guidance on the operation and maintenance of a constructiion railway for tunnelling


SCL Exclusion Zone Management (Crossrail)

The management of the exclusion zones which are required in SCL tunnelling


Pressure systems (Crossrail)

The management of pressure systems (such as concrete lines). NB: This updated publication was added to the BTS website on 14 Jan 2016.


Occupational exposure to respirable dust (Crossrail)

Occupational exposure to respirable dust, respirable crystalline silica and diesel engine exhaust emissions in the London tunnelling environment - a guide commissioned by Crossrail.


Safe Working in Tunnelling

Published by the ITA (International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association) in 2011, this document sets out basic tunnel safety rulesa in a simple pictorial way. Aimed at workers and front line Supervisors.