Austroads Project Manager for the Safety at Road Worksites – strategic priority project.
Safety is the focus of this project – looking after our people, roadworkers and the community There is an appetite and a real momentum for change - road authorties - austroads - industry led by RA, TMAA and AAPA. - all of these agencies have now hosted and run forums on this topic as well
First - historical context
Managing the risks associated with providing the optimal level of the safety for employees and contractors working in or near traffic, combined with the need to provide a safe road environment for road users, is a significant issue for road agencies in Australia and New Zealand
Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act, 2011 employers are required to eliminate a reasonably foreseeable risk, to the extent reasonably practicable. Only where elimination is not reasonably practical is it acceptable to minimise the risk, This is generally the approach that has been adopted by road agencies in the provision of traffic control at road worksites.
policy response varied by road agencies variability of the local codes and manuals This was reflected in the training led to a certification system that does not readily allow transfer from one jurisdiction to another. Consequently, to work in a number of states, an experienced traffic management operative is generally required to undertake a local training course, which can often substantially cover the same skills and experience already attained
Austroads in looking to address this In 2012, - Traffic Control at Worksites ‐ Training and Accreditation report that developed a framework a nationally accredited traffic control at worksites training course Also in 2012 - Implementing National Best Practice for Traffic Control at Worksites - Risk Management, Auditing and Field Operations
In 2013‐14 Austroads in partnership with ARRB, engaged SkillsDMC to develop national accredited traffic control at worksites training course to be endorsed by jurisdictions and delivered by Registered Training Organisations nationally should jurisdictions wish to adopt a national scheme
With all of this ongoing work and continuing issues with national harmonisation, 2014 - Austroads identified Safety at Road Worksites as a Strategic Priority Project As part of this work, Austroads identified further work to be undertaken
In July 2015, I was appointed by Austroads as the Project Manager for this project
I will be presenting the latest direction on the Austroads Safety at Road Worksites Project.
These key principles drive the direction of the project
There is very little reason why practice varies across the country
To the driver it makes absolutely no sense
We need to increase the opportunity to engage with new and innovative practices. Our guidance needs to be agile enough that alternatives are not simply pushed aside as non-conforming.
This steering committee is a little unique for Austroads with strong representation from industry as well.
Future work in this project is focussed on developing the governance arrangements for any Austroads documentation and outputs to ensure that Industry remains involved.
Practices are little changed in the past thirty years.
Innovations such as TMA and VMS are making inroads but the majority of devices are the same.
The RA Forum in October last year clearly identified the need for change and the need to adopt technology
Safe Systems requires that not only do we try to prevent risks, but that we also acknowledge that errors will occur and that we therefore need to have systems in place to minimise the injury and harm arising when these incidents occur. We therefore need a system which is also reacting to incidents and errors. Radio cut in Active alerts / alarms Radar technology
AS1742.3 (or state equivalents) are the primary documents. This is focussed on existing technology and practices. We are also still using the 2009 document which is little changed from the previous document in 2002. Hence in 2016 we are using practices which were already in practice in 2000 and earlier
Austroads accredited training has been developed and is gradually being rolled out.
Certification is undertaken independently by state road authorites.
Our Steering Committee met in NZ in December 2015. NZTA presented their COP The NZ model combines all elements into a single document – the COPTTM. This integrated model and documentation was also far more flexible Great deal of interest in Single document format Tiered road classification Training and accreditation model Practitioner and non-practitioner
A new model is then proposed to bring all the key areas together
National Standard at its core National Guidance – supporting all aspects relating to practice at roadworks Accredited Training – recognised and applied nationally Individual and company registrations schemes to allow for consistent application nationally
The NZ COP shows what a single document source could look like
AS7142.3 Is not an easy document to read Is an engineering document Needs a substantial rewrite and we have successfully implemented this – not just a line by line tweak,
Consideration is being given to the development of harmonised guidance that could be used across NZ and Australia
New Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Practice.
Recognition that there are distinctly difference user groups Traffic controllers may have limited other training / education so need a document written specifically for their needs Guidance material for installers and on-road practitioners Through to engineering guidance for developers
We need to be agile and react to changes on an annual basis.
We need practice across Australia (and NZ) to be harmonised.
A preliminary framework for4 a ten part series has been identified and will be fleshed out in the near future
Nationally harmonised training units have now been finalised. These are ready to be rolled out and some states have already progressed with this.
There are 8 units spanning Communication Risk assessment Working safely and complying with WHS requirements Apply, report and ensure compliance
Controlling traffic with a stop/slow Implement TMPs Supervise Develop TMP
These are currently being rolled out with the intent that they will be recognised nationally
It is now also appropriate that we consider some of the key elements of the NZ model which show some value A tiered road classification system with workers starting on simple roads and then graduating to more complex road environments with Motorways at the top end of the spectrum Different requirements for practitioner and non-practitioner.
Presently registration of individuals varies across states The desire is that you would receive recognition for your training across NZ and Australia. The NZ model also includes practices for de-registration of individuals who are determined to be not performing adequately.
At present some states have registration schemes, some are tiered but there is no consistency There is a desire to rationalise this and to create a single registration scheme for NZ and Aus This would also include audit and performance reporting to ensure that poor performers do not continue and that good performers are recognised.
Program of works for 2016/17 is now being finalised.
At present there will be a lot of work in the coming year to deliver more comprehensive and harmonised guidance, training and registration
Needs to be improved options and practice for making works safe (EG NSW example of closing a road)
Importantly we will continue to provide and seek ongoing feedback from industry. To that end we will continue to work closely with Roads Australia and the other industry partners TMAA, and AAPA
We encourage anyone interested to ensure that you follow the progress of this project and take the opportunities to contribute.
RA running another forum later this year to follow on from last years successful event.
TO close - We must continue the push – We must make a real change to improve the safety of our work
Thank RA for being part of this important challenge
Austroads Safety at Road Worksites Strategic Priority Project
Safety at Road Worksites
Austroads Strategic Priority Project
Dr Dan Sullivan
Harmonised practice and accreditation.
Agility to adopt changes to guidance and practice.
Adopting a safe systems approach.
Accessibility of information for a mobile workforce
Industry reform for improved safety outcomes
• Board members (TAS, WA)
• Network Program Manager
• Roads Australia
• Standards Australia
Austroads Safety at Road Worksites
Government and Industry Partnership
Existing practice - decades old
Emerging technology - rethink how we
RA Forum in October 2015
Why the need for change?
The Current Model
Australian Road Agency NZTA
Reform and the development of a new model
Supported by Industry, Road Authorites and
State supplementary training (minimised)
State Supplements (minimised)
• NZTA CoPTTM
• State Road Authority & Industry
Nationally (Australia and New
Zealand) harmonised guidance for all
aspects of temporary traffic
Nationally harmonised approach to guidance
Agile to technology changes
Retain Australian Standard
A preliminary framework for the
ten-part Guide series
Nationally harmonised approach to guidance
Guide to Temporary Traffic Management
Practice Part 1
Introduction and General
Nationally adopted and harmonised
Austroads accredited training
• 8 units of competency
• across 5 skills sets
Modified program of training to
• Varying road types / risk profile
• Practitioner or non-practitioner
National approach to traffic control training
Austroads Accredited Training
Registration of individuals
• Database / record of all qualifications
• Allow recognition across jurisdictions
• Audit and performance of individuals
• Harmonisation of company requirements
• Single database for use across jurisdictions
• Audit and performance reporting
National Registration scheme
Dr Dan Sullivan