Traffic Management Guidelines – Updated

By on May 5, 2019

GAVIN MOREIRA, CMPA Member Services Manager reports on the updated CMPA publication – Traffic Management in the Construction Materials Industry.

In 2019 several CMPA Publications will be completed and ready for Members to update their libraries. The second of these is Issue 2 – Traffic Management in the Construction Materials Industry.

A Traffic Management Workshop was held back in March 2018 in Bendigo with approximately 36 attendees. Throughout 2018 and early this year the Secretariat has been working with Members and Suppliers providing content and reviewing drafts to come up with the finished product. Thank you to the contributions on this update by Allstone Quarries, Conundrum Holdings, Landair Surveys, Worksafe Victoria and Tony Ferrazza.

The CMPA Traffic Management Guideline has been developed, together with the CMPA Work Safely Reference Manual, aiming to support Members in meeting the requirements of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the Victorian OHS Regulations 2017.

In doing so this document demonstrates a process that can be used to establish and successfully implement a Traffic Management Plan specific to your site requirements.

The scope of the Traffic Management Guideline focuses on the management of traffic inclusive of light and heavy vehicles, mobile equipment and pedestrians within CMPA member’s operational sites. This guideline does not consider traffic management on public roads or customer sites.

A site Traffic Management Plan is established to:

  • Ensure the delineation of mobile equipment, road trucks, light vehicles and pedestrians so far as is reasonably practicable so that any interaction between these parties is controlled and does not result in an incident causing personal injury, property or environmental damage;
  • Create a safe, effective and smooth traffic flow into and throughout the site in the most efficient and economical manner possible;
  • Provide information to workers, contractors and visitors.

Identifying all current and potential interactions between, mobile equipment, road trucks, light vehicles and pedestrians is the first step in establishing your Traffic Management Plan. In doing so all potential collision scenarios and traffic related hazards should be highlighted.

It is a legislative requirement that the control of occupational hazards and associated risk is conducted following the Hierarchy of Controls as far as is reasonably practicable (see table below).

The document then goes on to give advice on controlling traffic related risks and guidance is given on establishing a Traffic Management Plan. Included in the document is a:

  • Traffic Management Plan Template
  • Contents of a Traffic Management Map
  • Traffic and Pedestrian Movements
  • Traffic Hazard Identification Checklist
  • Mobile Equipment Safety Devices Checklist
  • Site Specific Traffic Rules Template
  • Traffic Management Plan Review Checklist
  • Example of a Traffic Management Plan using Aerial Photograph
  • Safe Work Australia Road Design Principles

There is also a Traffic Management Photo Gallery: a series of useful photographs covering signage, site maps, road design, access control, load inspection, tip-off areas, light vehicles and general.

The publication can be purchased through the Secretariat or on the CMPA website

CMPA would like to thank those that contributed to the Guideline and would appreciate feedback on this document that will be considered when next issued.

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