If you intend on working near roads in Western Australia, it is a process likely to disrupt motor and pedestrian traffic. It is crucial that you learn how to minimise the impact of the works on those who use the road and ensure that no one gets injured because of the project. Our basic worksite traffic management course (BWTM) will qualify you to manage traffic while reducing risk and maintaining efficiency. Our other traffic management courses will expand on this knowledge further and help you qualify for higher level positions.
Workplace health & safety legislation means works on site will probably have to be conducted in accordance with a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) or similar documentation. A SWMS will outline the risks and hazards associated with the work being conducted and describe the control measures that must be put in place.
You will learn how to:
- Identify hazards.
- Assess risks.
- Control those risks.
- Review control measures.
Other crucial aspects of worksite traffic safety include:
- Safety Data Sheets
- Traffic Management Plans
- Traffic Guidance Schemes
- Daily Diarys
A BWTM course will teach you more about these documents and how they help improve safety on site. You will also learn how to divide potential risks into ‘likelihood of happening’ categories as well as finding out the possible consequences of failing to meet safety standards. It is
Another critical safety aspect you’ll learn is choosing the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the job. Examples of safety clothing include:
- High-visibility attire.
- Safety footwear.
- Eye protection
- Head protection.
Implementing the right manual handling techniques and procedures are yet another important aspect of safety.
The best way to ensure safety on a worksite is to be prepared. The BWTM course will show you how to set up the signage that will be needed and will help you to understand how you can do this in such a way that will keep yourself, the road workers and the road users safe. You will discover the necessity of having full Traffic Management Plan and ensuring that this stays on site during the works. The complexity of this Traffic Management Plan will depend on a number of factors such as road conditions, work activities, and volume of traffic.
Setting up the worksite is impossible without the use of a Traffic Management Plan and a Traffic Guidance Scheme (which is really just a diagram showing you where to put signage) so we will show you how to interpret these effectively. Students will also discover a range of traffic control devices that must be placed on display such as cones, bollards and signs as well as instructions for the proper use of these devices. You will find out more about the types of physical barriers used on worksites such as steel and concrete barriers.
Once the project is finished, there are important procedures to follow when packing up. The sequence looks something like this:
- Removing work vehicles.
- Ensuring the road is clean and ready for traffic.
- Removal of other equipment.
- Removal of delineation devices and intermediate signage.
- Finally, the removal of advanced warning signs.
Students will find out how to check for faults with equipment as well as information on how to communicate with traffic controllers. Finally, you will gain crucial knowledge of what to do in the event of an injury on the site along with a list of incidents which must be reported immediately. You will learn not to prejudge a situation or remove anything from the scene.