Health Safety & Wellbeing

The Health Safety & Wellbeing group aim to be a voice of the industry to influence clients’ Health, Safety and Welfare standards and policies.  Their work focusses on developing, encouraging and promoting appropriate sharing of good Health, Safety and Welfare practice and innovation.

Current projects address the issues around: fatigue risk management, emergency repairs,  and guidance on the changes to CDM regulations.

Health Safety & Wellbeing Working Group Overview

Past projects include Temporary Vehicle Restraint Systems, Safer Alternatives to Stop-Go,  Occupational Health, Welfare on Transient Construction Sites, Service Avoidance, People-Plant Interface, Smart Motorways Designed for Maintenance, Pedestrian Management, IPV and Traffic Management, Centre Line Working, Road Closures and Impact, Road Worker Abuse.

Temporary Vehicle Restraint Systems

This guidance is to help ensure temporary traffic management practitioners adopt a uniform approach to the selection and use of TVRS in road works situations, in order to reduce risks of errant vehicles entering works zones and endangering road workers.   It suggests the process to follow which will allow appropriate TVRS to be selected and installed.

Occupational Health

Raising the profile of the health risks present in highway maintenance work, so they can be identified early and managed to protect the workforce.

  •  CBA Colour Coding Scheme for Chemical Containers
  •  Dust – a combined Asset Safety & Occupational Health Hazard
  • Hazards & Risks : Respirable Crystalline Silica
  • LOTO : Lock-out Tag-out

Service Avoidance Good Practice Guide

The purpose of this guidance document is to provide information to HTMA members and associates about good digging practices within our industry.  It also gives interpretation of existing guidance which is applicable.

This guidance is provided for all excavation works within the carriageway and footpath.  It covers good digging techniques, from the initial planning stage through to the actual excavation works on site.

Wefare Facilities on Transient Sites

This document is aimed at giving guidance to HTMA member companies regarding the level of welfare they provide for their employees as well as supply chain partners who carry out work on their networks.

The guidance is aimed at transient construction sites.  Taking into account the duration and nature of the work being carried out.

The guidance will allow each member company to undertake a welfare assessment of their transient works and produce a comprehensive document to support their management decisions.  An assessment form accompanies the document.

Pedestrian Management

Demand has been identified within the industry for a visual guidance document to provide a consistent approach for contractors to refer to when planning what type of pedestrian management to set out for work activities in different traffic/pedestrian flow scenarios.  Included in the guidance are pictorial examples as well as points to consider for both low and high speed roads.

This guidance will not be applicable to relatively fast moving mobile works such as:

  • footway and carriageway surface dressing
  • slurry-micro surfacings
  • spray applied asphalt preservation systems
  • installing crack & joint repair systems
  • road re-texturing and spray injection patching

In these contexts, pedestrian safety will be managed by undertaking a risk assessment on each site and by employing suitable traffic management procedures as outlined in Chapter 8 Traffic Signs

Manual.  In particular Part 1 Section D3.29 states that surface dressing works are to be completed under the RSDA / CSS Code of Practice for Signing at Surface Dressing sites (currently being updated by RSTA and ADEPT).

TTM Vehicle Selection and Operation

This guidance provides information on Temporary Traffic Management Vehicle (TTMV) selection during works undertaken or controlled by Highways Term Maintenance Association Members on High Speed Dual Carriageways and Motorways.

Design for Maintenance

This guidance provides information on designing for maintenance in a high-speed dual carriageway environment principally focussed on the Highways Agency (HA) Smart Motorway working environment, however, many of the principals are applicable to other motorway and local authority road networks.

Extended All-Stop TTM

This guidance provides information on extended ‘all stop’ TTM selection during works undertaken or controlled by Highways Term Maintenance Association Members.

Works on or Near to the Centre of the Carriageway

The scope of the guidance sets out the responsibilities of the various duty holders and takes into account the design of the works as well as the nature of the works and the impact the works may have on the travelling public.

The types of roads where this guidance is applicable are:
1.     Single lane carriageway
2.     Dual carriageway