What is a traffic management plan?
A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) describes the types of traffic and plant movements that occur on a commercial site and the controls that have been put in place to prevent an injury or collision. It serves as the basis for personnel training in how a business manages its individual traffic risks.
A Traffic Management Plan should be developed following a structured process of Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment, and Controls Analysis for the various vehicles, mobile plant, and pedestrian movements on a commercial site or within a car park. A Traffic Management Plan is required in order to comply with Work Health and Safety legislation.
At Kenex Stencils, we are trained in auditing, analysis, developing controls and creating comprehensive Workplace Traffic Management Plans for your business. We can also implement the required controls as agreed to with the customer.
A TMP should include details of:
- The desired flow of pedestrian and vehicle movements
- The expected frequency of interaction of vehicles and pedestrians
- A map of the site layout and location of traffic controls such as barriers, walkways, signs mobile plant operating areas, speed limits, intersections. and the specific arrangements to warn and guide traffic around, past, or through a work site.
- A description of how traffic situations will be managed.
A TMP should also set out:
- Responsibilities of people managing traffic in the workplace
- Responsibilities of people expected to interact with traffic in the workplace
- Instructions or procedures for controlling traffic including in an emergency.
A TMP should be regularly monitored and reviewed particularly following an incident to ensure it is effective and takes into account changes at the workplace. In workplaces with a traffic management consultative committee, the committee should carry out the monitoring and review of the traffic and safety management plan.
You should ensure that your workers are familiar with the TMP as part of the induction process and through periodic refresher training.
Why is a traffic management plan needed?
The safety, as well as smooth flow of traffic in the workplace and surrounding areas, is highly important. Where there are cars, trucks or forklifts at your workplace there is a risk that they may collide with people. People who work with or near vehicles are most at risk as well as customers and visitors to your workplace.
Managing the risk of vehicles colliding with people is crucial. There are a number of ways of doing this depending on the size of your workplace, the kinds of vehicles being used and how often vehicle and pedestrians interact.
Failure to develop, implement and maintain an effective Workplace Traffic Management Plan places your business at significant risk of serious injury, accidental damage, and prosecution.
Ensuring the safety of your team and those who visit your workplace should be a priority and having a plan in place will enable your business to mitigate risks associated with the interactions of vehicles and pedestrians across your workplace.
What is the process?
At Kenex, our 7 Step process includes:
Conduct a 1-2 day audit of your workplace. This involves a preliminary meeting with the relevant team, comprehensive data collection and observing the current state and flow of operations.
Identify current pedestrian, mobile plant, and vehicle movements and document current controls and systems in use.
Risks & Hazards
Identify risks and hazards through observations and conversations. Speak with the teams impacted and discuss their challenges and opportunities.
Analysis & Risk Assessment
Analyse possible controls to reduce the risk of injury to people, damage to structures and equipment. Conduct a formal risk assessment of traffic movements across the entire site.
Controls & Review
Develop a safety management plan to eliminate, where possible, and/or reduce the risk to an acceptable level, with a strong emphasis on creating a separation of pedestrians from vehicles and mobile plant. Develop a site map with the proposed traffic controls in place. Conduct a review of the proposed controls with the client.
Create a comprehensive Traffic Management Plan detailing the site rules and expectations to minimise the risk of injury or damage to structures or equipment. This will be underpinned by a comprehensive risk assessment.
Implement the traffic controls as agreed with the client, including signage, line marking, barriers, and devices necessary to implement the traffic management plan. We take care of the implementation of physical controls to achieve the plan, with the client to train their personnel.
What does a traffic management plan look like?
A comprehensive plan to create the safest possible environment for your workplace
- A Workplace Traffic Management Plan is a comprehensive document summarising results from the audit process, risk assessment findings, risk mitigation recommendations and the controls to be implemented in your workplace.
- A site plan is included and devised to demonstrate the future state of your workplace with clear depictions of changes and controls to be implemented.
- Controls, line marking, bollards and signage are listed and diagrams created to ensure best practice is used and what is installed follows recommendations.
- Implementation – Closing the loop so you’re left with a system to manage traffic on site.
EXAMPLES OF RISK MITIGATION SOLUTIONS
High Impact Barriers
Line Marking &
How can kenex deliver safety, efficiency and compliance to your business?
With over 30 years experience in the safety and line-marking industry, we at Kenex Stencils have the knowledge and experience to deliver what we stand for through traffic management planning. We provide a full-circle solution not only by developing the TMP but also by executing the works including the line marking service, hardware installation and signage for your workplace. You can leave the safety, efficiency and compliance to us!.