The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in Ireland has launched an online tool to improve traffic management in the construction sector.
The plan has been developed to help construction stage project supervisors and contractors plan, manage and coordinate the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on site.
It will also allow users to meet obligations under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, which establishes clear requirements for the safe operation of work-related vehicles.
In order to provide practical guidance, the plan is broken down into six sections: information, training, temporary works, hazards, controls and resources.
Section 3 of the plan requires the contractor to identify suitable traffic routes, pedestrian and vehicle access points, overhead electricity lines, and other hazards, on the site plans.
The plan and associated guidance have been developed to help the Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) and contractors to identify hazards and apply appropriate controls so that the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on a construction site is planned, managed and coordinated.
The HSA emphasised that the CSTMP has not been developed for the implementation of roadworks on live roads.
Where roadworks are to be carried out on live roads, other requirements apply and the Authority’s Working on Roads Guidelines should be considered, together with the Department of Transport’s Chapter 8 document and associated guidance documents, and implemented as required.
The CSTMP is available to complete online or can be downloaded here.