Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 8 Traffic Safety Measures and Signs for Road Works and Temporary Situations

Our Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 8 course examines the key aspects of the two parts of Chapter 8 and other related guidance - in the context of relevant legislation and guidance on how to plan temporary traffic management to create a safe working environment for workers, and to reduce risks to drivers and to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, plus to increase awareness of the principles of Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual and of individual's responsibilities in relation to this guidance document.

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IHE approved CPD - IHE Approved Highway Engineering Academy Training


The management of highway networks often necessitates the implementation of temporary traffic management measures to facilitate maintenance activities, temporary closures or incident management.

It is important to plan all works to optimise safety, use of road space and work efficiency whilst minimising congestion, delay and inconvenience.

Health and Safety legislation requires all employers and employees to establish and maintain safe systems of work whether they represent client, designer or contractor organisations.

It should qualify as one days CPD for Professional Institution purposes.


Aims & Objectives:

On completion of this course delegates will:

  • Understand how highway and traffic law, regulations and codes of practice influence the implementation of temporary traffic management
  • Understand how to apply the principles of Health & Safety legislation, regulations and codes of practice to the design and implementation of temporary traffic management
  • Be able to define the difference between Standard Works and Relaxation Schemes
  • Be able to define the various traffic management elements of a work site including the dimensions of the safety zone and lane widths
  • Understand the various options for single vehicle working on single carriageways
  • Understand the principles of temporary traffic management on single carriageways including various forms of traffic control and provision for pedestrians
  • Understand the process to implement a road closure
  • Understand the principles of convoy working
  • Understand how to design temporary traffic management for dual carriageways
  • Be aware of some of the issues relating to the implementation of temporary traffic management on dual carriageways
  • Understand the basic principles of ISO 9000 and of Sector Schemes

Course Outline:

  • Legal
    • Highways Act
    • Road Traffic Acts
    • Road Traffic Regulation Act
    • Traffic Management Act
    • Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions
    • Health & Safety at Work etc Act
    • CDM Regulations
    • EC Directives, Regulations, Guidance and ACoPs
    • Risk Assessment and Method Statements
  • Chapter 8 and Red Book
    • Parts 1 & 2, and Part 3 (electronic copy only)
    • Responsibilities
    • Standard Works and Relaxations
    • Design parameters
    • Safety clearance
    • Barriers
    • Single carriageways
      • Single vehicle works
      • Traffic control
      • Pedestrians
      • Road closure
    • Transitions
    • Dual carriageway roads
      • The five zones
      • Hard shoulders
      • IPV
      • Mobile Lane Closures
  • Sector Schemes
  • Working Safely
  • Powerpoint presentation supported by comprehensive course notes
  • Illustrations from experience with discussion encouraged
  • Individual exercises
  • Handouts to illustrate particular issues
  • Greater awareness of the requirements of Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual and associated standards
  • Greater awareness of the issues affecting the implementation of temporary traffic management

Intended For:

Employees of highway authorities, consultants and contractors engaged in the management or maintenance of the highway network and who might have any involvement in the design, implementation, procurement or monitoring of temporary traffic management provision used to facilitate works.
The emphasis of the course may be varied to meet pre-notified group

  • Detailed knowledge of Chapter 8 and other related standards or of the implementation of temporary traffic management is not essential but some experience/knowledge will aid participation in discussions.
  • Participants may bring with them examples of work sites, which present problems in traffic management terms, as a basis for further discussion.