Traffic planners are responsible for coordinating and implementing traffic control plans on public and private roads, job and construction areas, and anywhere there is potential for vehicle and pedestrian collisions.
This person is tasked with assessing the current situation, identifying potential problems and developing solutions to address these issues. They also have to consider how their strategies will affect other stakeholders, such as emergency services or residents.
Responsibilities of a traffic management planner
This is an important role that impacts the safety of workers, pedestrians and anyone else who could be affected by the project. Traffic managers must think critically about how changes in one area might affect another part of the system.
Here we have broken the role down into five different areas of responsibility, each critical for the success of any project that involves moving vehicles or machinery.
Create site-specific safety systems
Every project has its unique challenges and potential risks. Coming up with a traffic management plan means managing large volumes of vehicles, machinery and people. Our experts can help you create site-specific policies and procedures to keep people safe as they travel through your area. You’ll be able to reduce congestion, accidents and delays with these professionals on your side.
Set out risk management arrangements
We will help you set out risk management arrangements to minimise the cost and impact of incidents on your business.
This process identifies, analyses and manages risks to help organisations achieve their objectives without compromising safety. Any organisation needs to understand the potential impact on its business operations and take appropriate measures to mitigate those risks, making this a key responsibility.
Designate and identify persons responsible for health and safety
Many aspects of health and safety need to be addressed, including work practices, equipment use, environment, emergency procedures, etc. The person in charge should be familiar with these things so they can make decisions as needed.
This responsibility should not be taken lightly, as many things could go wrong if this job isn’t done well. You want your company’s health and safety operations to be effective, which means you need an expert on the team who knows what they’re doing.
The planner’s role is to ensure the right people are placed in these roles and that everyone involved in the project understands who to turn to when there is an incident or emergency.
Site-specific induction and training requirements
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to induction and training requirements for traffic control duties, including the type of work being done, the level of risk involved and the number of people on-site at any given time, as well as their roles.
It’s important to ensure that every worker on a job site is appropriately trained for the specific location and task at hand. For example, if you have a construction company working on high-risk areas, they’ll need a more in-depth induction than someone who works in an office environment.
The critical thing to remember about site-specific inductions and training is that these should be tailored for each person or group based on their needs. This ensures everyone has what they need to do their job safely and effectively while also ensuring your business doesn’t get fined for not providing adequate safety measures.
Site-specific rules, including vehicle movement plans and parking
Another factor that varies from place to place is how many vehicles will be on-site, when and where they’ll be moving and how to plan their transit safely, so there is no risk of collisions.
The traffic management planner’s role involves developing precise strategies for the movement of all vehicles and measures to mitigate risk, including signage, human controllers with stop/slow bats, barriers and clearly marked roads and thoroughfares.
This is a complex and challenging task. It requires attention to detail and the ability to stay calm under pressure. Our team are experts in their field with years of experience in ensuring significant events run without incident. We’ll work with you closely to create a plan that will keep your event running smoothly while minimising risk. For more information, contact us today.
The Traffic Plans Company specialise in quality traffic management plans and planning around Melbourne and other areas of Australia.