Working on roads and roadsides poses significant risks to workers and motorists with changed roadway conditions, disrupted traffic flow, limited working space, and movement of construction and public vehicles in close proximity to workers and worksites.
The Safety at Road Worksites strategic priority project was initiated in 2015.
The Austroads Board recognised that safety at roadworks was a significant issue for road agencies and industry. It was acknowledged that improvements are required to manage the risks associated with providing the optimal level of safety for employees and contractors working in or near traffic, combined with the need to provide a safe road environment for all road users.
Safety at road worksites is a strategically important issue for Austroads member agencies and industry. The Austroads Board has endorsed a four-part project to facilitate the introduction of a harmonised approach to temporary traffic control at road worksites across Australia.
The Safety at Road Worksites project (BN2019) will undertake four modules of work:
|Module 1||The development of a Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Practice (GTTMP) that will deliver a nationally harmonised approach to temporary traffic management guidance and practice in Australia.|
|Part 1: Introduction||Feb 2019|
|Part 2: Traffic Management Planning||Jul 2018|
|Part 3A: AS1742.3 Traffic Control Devices||Apr 2018|
|Part 3B: Approval Process and Guidance for Additional Devices||Feb 2019|
Part 4: Static Worksites
Part 5: Mobile Worksites
Part 6: Short Term Low Impact Worksites
|Part 7: Guide for Field Staff – Implementation and Supervision||Feb 2019|
|Part 8: Traffic Controller Instructions||Jul 2018|
|Part 9: Processes and Procedures including:
|Part 10: Sample Layouts||Nov 2018|
|Part 11: Supporting Guidance including:
|Module 2||The redevelopment and adoption of nationally harmonised Traffic Controller Training that will achieve a consistently high standard of traffic management practice and support a nationally mobile industry. The new material and modules would allow the adoption of practices similar to that already adopted by New Zealand.||Dec 2018|
|Module 3||Investigation into a Registration Scheme for Traffic Controllers in partnership with industry to ensure that practitioners are trained by approved Registered Training Organisations and that certification can be readily accessible by a mobile industry.||Apr 2019|
The continued progression by industry of a National Pre-Qualification Scheme for the Traffic Management industry.
Modules 3 and 4 have been proposed by industry partners and will be developed with Austroads support and ongoing governance.
Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Practice | 18 April 2017
Tender 954892: Safety at Road Worksites Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Practice Part 8: Traffic Controller Instruction
Tender 954893: Safety at Road Worksites Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Practice Part 2: Traffic Management Planning.
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Dr Dan Sullivan
Safety at Road Worksites Project