Roadwork is an essential aspect of maintaining and upgrading Singapore’s infrastructure. However, roadwork can also be a potential hazard to road users and construction workers. As a company or organisation involving roadwork, traffic control measures must be in place at work zones to minimise disruption to traffic and ensure everyone’s safety. In this article, we will discuss the requirements for traffic control at work zones in Singapore.
LTA and their Responsibilities
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore is responsible for setting the standards for traffic control at work zones. The agency designed these requirements to ensure the safety of all road users, including motorists, pedestrians, and workers. Their aim is also directed at minimising traffic congestion and maintaining smooth traffic flow during road works.
Requirements for LTA Code Practice
LTA Personnel Duties
One of the key requirements for (LTA) code of practice for traffic control at work zones is the deployment of trained and competent personnel to manage traffic. These personnel are responsible for directing traffic, controlling access to work zones, and ensuring the safety of both road users and workers. Additionally, the agency requires these employees to use equipment such as stop-go signs, barriers, and warning lights, to effectively manage traffic in the work zone.
Appropriate Signage and Markings
Another important requirement is the use of appropriate signage and markings to alert road users to the presence of the work zone. The signs should be clearly visible and placed in a manner that is easy to understand. This includes the use of advance warning signs to alert motorists to the upcoming work zone, and directional signs to guide them through the work zone. The workers should also use markings such as cones, barriers, and road markings to clearly define the work zone and guide road users through it.
In addition to signage and markings, lighting is also an important aspect of traffic control at work zones. Adequate lighting should be provided in the work zone, especially during night-time operations. This is to ensure that road users can see the signs and markings clearly. Lighting can also be used to highlight potential hazards and guide road users through the work zone.
Strategically Scheduled Work Hours
To minimize disruption to traffic, the personnel should schedule the work in the work zone outside of peak traffic hours whenever possible. This can include working at night or on weekends when traffic volume is lower. In cases where you must carry out the work during peak hours, the officer should design the traffic control measures to minimize the impact on traffic flow.
Safe and Well-maintained
Finally, it is important to ensure that the work zone is well-maintained and free of hazards. The workers should keep the work zone clean and tidy, with debris and materials cleared away promptly. The officer should address potential hazards such as loose gravel or uneven surfaces to ensure the safety of both road users and workers.
How do I become trained and competent personnel to manage traffic at work zones in Singapore?
Being familiar with roadwork traffic requirements is one thing, but it’s another thing to fully understand and implement everything. With that, here are several courses you can choose from to hone your roadwork traffic knowledge and instill a safe and efficient environment.
Manager/Management: Traffic Control Management Course (TCMC/BTMC)
Take this course to learn effective practices based on the LTA’s Code of Practice: Traffic Control at Work Zone 2019. In addition, you will also tackle managing traffic control and accident prevention.
This course is recommended for appointed personnel in charge of Traffic Control for the company.
Supervisor: Traffic Control Supervisor Course (TCSC/BTSC)
Take this course to cover effective practices based on the LTA’s Code of Practice: Traffic Control at Work Zone. In addition, this course will also tackle workplace supervisory and public safety.
This course is recommended for all site supervisors involved in traffic control and shall be trained in the selection, placement, operation, maintenance and removal of traffic control devices.
Workers: Traffic Control Course for Workers (BTCC)
Take the Traffic Control Course for workers who need to perform effective traffic controller banks and work on the road safely. This course is essential as it trains traffic controllers to protect themselves from harm when operating, maintaining and removing devices on the road.
This course is available for all workers involved in LTA works, utility work, maintenance and construction-related works on the road. These include traffic controllers, flaggers, banks man and portable traffic light installers.
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In conclusion, traffic control at work zones is an essential aspect of road work in Singapore. LTA designed the requirements for traffic control to ensure the safety of all road users and workers, minimize disruption to traffic, and maintain smooth traffic flow. By adhering to these requirements, you can carry out road work safely and efficiently, without compromising the safety and convenience of road users. Enhance yourselves with the knowledge of traffic control training with Advance Safe’s Course today! Visit our website or call us on (+65) 6252 4456 and get ready to perform traffic control in Singapore.