TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSON TRAINING
The Traffic Control Person Training course from Safety First Training is an OHSA based program and is compliant with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Book 7 Temporary Conditions requirement. This Traffic Control Person Training program instructs participants how to safely perform their duties and responsibilities in temporary traffic environments. Training is offered around Southern Ontario including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge. We also offer a Train the Trainer course for Traffic Control Person Training.
Note – we do not provide public sessions for individuals
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Outline – Traffic Control Person Training
Related Government Legislation
Roles and responsibilities of workers and supervisors
Traffic protection plan
Stop and Slow signs and hand signals
Traffic Control Person authority
Personal protective equipment
Prevention and control methods
Traffic Control Person Training Safety Video
10 Safety Tips for Temporary Traffic Conditions
There must be a worksite management plan. It should consist of a temporary traffic control plan that protects workers by safely moving traffic around or through the work zone. There must also be a traffic control plan for inside the work zone that manages the flow of heavy equipment, construction vehicles and workers.
2. Traffic Control
The work zone must have an advanced warning area with warning signs alerting motorists of upcoming changes in driving conditions, a transition area using traffic control devices for lane closures and traffic pattern shifts, a buffer area, the work area and a termination area to allow traffic to resume back to normal and a proper sign indicating that the work zone has ended.
All traffic control devices (cones, barrels, barriers, signs) must conform to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation traffic requirements.
3. Separate Work Areas
Road construction work zones usually have several dangerous activities taking place at the same time. To avoid accidents, use cones, barrels, and barriers to clearly identify specific areas of the work zone such as material storage, areas where heavy equipment is being used, vehicle traffic, vehicle parking and safe areas for workers on foot to move around in.
4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Proper Personal protective equipment (PPE) including hard hats, steel-toed boots, highly visible clothing and depending on the noise levels, hearing protection.
All PPE should meet or exceed CSA standards. All highly visible clothing whether it’s a vest, jacket or shirt should be bright fluorescent orange or lime/yellow and have visible reflective material especially if working at night and should meet CSA/ANSI Class 2 or 3 standards.
5. Your Surroundings
You should always be aware of what’s going on around you, regardless of what your job duties entail in the work zone. Always avoid walking behind any vehicle that may be backing up or into the swing radius of heavy equipment.
If possible, face traffic while inside the work zone or have a spotter available when your back is turned. Spotters must also be used to monitor the movement of vehicles and heavy equipment inside the work zone in addition to monitoring traffic to alert workers to any potential dangers.
6. Equipment Blind Spots
Equipment operators must ensure that all mirrors and visual aid devices are attached and operating properly including backup alarms and lights.
If you are on foot and working near these machines while in operation remember that the driver has a limited line of sight. Always stay in visual contact with the driver. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you can’t see them then they probably don’t see you.
7. Competent Person
A competent person must be onsite whenever work is being performed and is needed to conduct hazard assessments and regular inspections of the worksite. A competent person is also needed to select the appropriate class of PPE to be used by workers and to approve the appropriate types of traffic control devices. Workers should report any unsafe hazards or equipment to the competent person assigned to the work zone for immediate correction.
8. Daily Safety Meeting
After confirming all jobsite workers have the proper training and required PPE, there must be a daily safety meeting before work begins. Because conditions can change significantly from day to day in the work zone, workers should be briefed on the work activity and be notified of all potential hazards.
9. Site Specific Safety
A site specific safety program that is designed specifically for the job site will minimize the chance of accidents happening. Each road construction project is unique and each work zone within the project has its own unique hazards and challenges. A site specific safety program identifies all hazards with plans to control, reduce or eliminate them, schedules are established to inspect all equipment and material, a plan for first aid and emergency medical care in the event of an accident and safety training (Traffic Control Person Training) schedules for all employees.
10. Stay Hydrated
Anyone working outside is susceptible to heat stress and heat-related illnesses. Asphalt absorbs 95% of the sun’s rays and asphalt temperatures can be significantly higher than the surrounding air temperature. Workers must drink plenty of water and also get out of the heat and sun as much as possible especially on extremely hot days to avoid heatstroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion.
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Up to 8 hours depending on participants’ experience levels
A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a certificate
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a PDF wall certificate and PDF wallet card for their records