The interaction between traffic and pedestrians creates a significant risk of incident and injury. Workplace Managers and/or Management OHS Nominees are responsible for completing a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for their site utilising the Traffic Management Plan template. The plan should consider traffic flow on the whole site which includes:
- pick up and drop off of students by private vehicles and/or buses
- four wheel drives on school grounds
- employee car park
- special events such as fetes, sports carnivals and excursions
- lawn mowers
Examples of traffic management controls (from most to least effective) could include:
- eliminating the need for vehicles to enter school grounds
- substituting the use of ride on lawn mowers for push lawn mowers
- improving workplace design and layout with marked walkways, parking bays, physical barriers and speed humps
- speed limits
- providing personal protective equipment such as high visibility vests
- training employees, contractors and visitors about traffic related hazards.
Relevant sections of the OHSMS
Where/when would these issues be relevant?
The movement of pedestrians and vehicles on a Department site is an ongoing feature of the workplace. Further assessment of any risks associated with traffic and pedestrian management will need to be undertaken if any changes are made to the existing site layout – for instance if new pathways or roads were to be built or any maintenance was planned. There may also be the requirement from time to time to determine how large delivery trucks, garbage collection or taxi vans for students with disabilities may come and go at a Department site. Some workplaces may require students to cross over a road to move between Department venues.
What do you need to do?
- Consult with Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) and employees regarding this hazard and conduct risk assessments on any identified issue
- Undertake a review of the site to determine traffic, the layout of the site, traffic conditions and existing controls
- Ensure that there is an approved Traffic Management Plan for the Department's site that outlines traffic direction, speed limits, pedestrian no-go zones (if applicable) and the required signage.
Develop and communicate a traffic management plan for the site, taking into consideration:
- workplace layout
- traffic volume
- traffic flow
- ‘black spots’
- separation of traffic
- signage, signalling and speed limits
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for personnel
- conditions at the site conform to the traffic management plan
- regular site inspection of roads, pathways and signage occurs
- ongoing monitoring of traffic movements and practices on the Department's site.
Legislation, guidance and Codes of Practice
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017
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