In line with the core principles of traffic management, our number one priority is to protect the health and safety of all stakeholders in the traffic management process. This includes but is not limited to our employees, your employees, third party contractors, road users, and pedestrians. We prevent incidents and maintain efficient road usage habits by following a few key protocols and checks in the planning and execution of our traffic management services across Sydney.
Firstly, we prevent potential issues by offering ongoing professional safety training to all of our employees and managers. Apart from the licensing training that is required by the state government, we offer ongoing training such as product knowledge (essential for correct use of safety equipment and signage), incident management, and critical first responder skills such as first aid to minimise the impact of any unforeseen accidents. There is practical training such as manual handling education, and theoretical training in risk assessment and management. This means that we always have a staff full of RTAA accredited traffic controllers and first aid officers on all sites.
Secondly, each stage of our service planning involves a consideration of the safety risk of any planned move, installation or diversion option. This means that whenever we propose a particular measure to be taken on a road works, building site, or event site, we consider the safety implications. In accordance with general good OH&S practice, this is done by ranking both the risk (i.e. the likelihood of something happening) and the severity of the outcome, should that thing go wrong (i.e., small interruption to traffic flow, injury, or even death). When you consider that there are several different variables in any one traffic plan, and several possible consequences regarding each of those variables, that’s a lot of work that goes into risk assessment for each and every client.
Thirdly, we like to maintain open and concise communication between all stakeholders. This means communication within Safeway, making sure all employees have a full understanding of the individual requirements of the project through method statements, safety analyses and reflection at the end of the process. It also means making sure that clients understand the plan we have set out for them- at every level, not just for management and supervisors. If it’s part of your traffic management plan, we can also help make sure that notifications to local stakeholders are worded as clearly and concisely as possible.
Got any questions about our internal safety management procedures? Talk to a safety professional at Safeway TMS today by calling 1800 987 891.