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Traffic Control Resource Material by Subject

The Traffic Control Resource Material that underpins the Flagging industry are found in many places across several jurisdictions. We try here to pull those documents into one place: our library. It is not elegant but it is a ready reference. We do not guarantee that these are the latest documents and for critical planning you should always go to the relevent authority and check for updates to this material. If you find information that is out of date or superceded by new regulations please let us know with a quick e-mail. Thanks!


Accident  Accident is defined in Sec. 1 of the Workers Compensation Act and the rules surrounding accidents are comprehensive. Part 3 Division 10 of the Act lay out the requirements for reporting accidents or incidents. Neither the Employer nor the Employee has any choice. These are the rules.
Authority of Flagger Section 141 of the Motor Vehicle Act makes it an opffence not to obey the directions of a Flagger directing traffic on the road.
Duties and Obligations When it comes to Health and Safety, the Employer, the Employee and the supervisors on the job all have duties that they must live up to. These are set out in the Workers Compensation Act, Sections 115 through 117.
Flagger Flagger is the older term for Traffic Control Person (TCP) and derives from a time when TCP’s actually used triangular red flags on short sticks to direct traffic. This term is still used in some legislation but the preferable term is TCP. For more information about TCP’s, see Traffic Control Person.
Highway Signs This is a lose term refering to the fact that the diamond shaped construction signs such as the C-001 come in two sizes, 750 mm on a side and 1200 mm. The smaller are used for local or low speed roads and the latter for Expressway or freeway work. These 1200 mm signs are what are commonly refered to as “Highway Signs”. They are larger so that faster moving traffic may see them from further away. This distinction is apparent in the MoTH Manual but it is not clearly spelled out. It is more clearly defined in the “Catalogue of Standard Traffic Signs, 2008 edition (Updated to January 2010)“. There is more information in that volume than you will want unless you are involved in highways construction or the creation of traffic management plans.
Impairment – Physical or Mental Traffic Control is all about safety and unfortunateley it is dangerous to place anyone in charge of Traffic Control who is not completly mentally aware and physically able to protect themselves and others. In this regard the WorkSafeBC Regulations in Sec. 4.19 and 4.20 are specific that persons with physical or mental imparments, caused by whatever reason, cannot be employed where they might create risk of injury. This specifically inculdes persons impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Ministry of Transportation (MoT) Manual The traffic control Bible is the MoT Manual or more correctly, the “Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways” published by the Ministry of Transportation is the governing document for how traffic control is to be conducted on the road. It is divided into Chapters which deal with the various aspects of the practice. Conformity to this Manual is required by Sec. 18.1 of the WorkSafeBC Regulations.
Cover page and Table of Contents is a quick guide to where to look for specific Subjects.
Chapter One contains general principals and instructions.
Chapter Two deals with Traffic Control Devices and contains a basic reference to Traffic Signs. Some of the designations are out of date. ook below under Signs.
Chapter Three deals with Typical Short Duration Traffic Setups.
Chapter Four deals with Typical Long Duration Traffic Setups.
Chapter Five deals with Typical Freeway Traffic Setups.
The Appendicies deal with Specialized Ministry Works on High Speed Rural Highways. You won’t refer to this material very often.
Paddle, Stop/Slow The standard flaggers paddle with Stop on one side and Slow on the other is found in Division 23 of the Regulations to the Motor Vehicle Act.
Prime Contractor This term arises on construction sites where there is more than one contractor working. It is defined in Section 118 of the Workers Compensation Act and his duties are defined there and in Part 3, Section 3.20 of the OH Regulations. The Supervising TCP on a worksite should know the safety procedures set out in the Ansan OH&S Manual and during the toolbox meeting confirm who the safety personnel are for each of the the other contractors on the site and record the information in their notes for the toolbox meeting.
Traffic Control Person (TCP) When Traffic Control Person are to be used is set out in Sec. 18.6 of the WorkSafeBC Regulations. The whole of Part 18 is devoted to traffic control and should be well known by every TCP. It is to be noted that the definition of a TCP in Part 18 Section 18.1 includes any person sent out by a contractor to direct traffic, regardless of their training.
TCP Training The only approved course for the instruction of TCP’s is that created and overseen by the  BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA). Their website is a wealth of information about TCP’s and the path to becoming one. They also list all licensed instructors in the province as well as currently scheduled courses.
Traffic Control Plans For this term, see ” Traffic Management Plans” below. This term is used in the MoTH Manual in Paragraph 1.2.4 where the requirement for planning traffic control in advance around work zones is set out.
 Traffic Management Plans The requirement for Traffic Plans whether called traffic control plans or traffic management plans is set out in the MoTH Manual in Paragraph 1.2.4. The terms are interchangeable but the preferred expression is Traffic Management Plans (TMP’s). The creation of TMP’s and the elements to be included in every Class of TMP are to be found in “Traffic Management Guidelines for Work on Roadways” published by the Ministry of Transportation.
 Traffic Signs  There are many many sources for information on Traffic Signs and they do not always agree, especially as to what they are called. In 2010 new names were published, some new signs defined and some were deleted.Obedience to Traffic Signs is required by Section 125 of the Motor Vehicle Act. Division 23 to the MVA Regulations deals with Traffic Control Devices including a limited number of signs. Most of the signs that a TCP must deal with are contained in Chapter 2 of the MoT Manual (see above). For a detailed definition of approved signs one must turn to the Catalogue of Standard Traffic Signs (2008 ed. update to 2010) published by the MoT. This document deals with the technical aspects of the naming of signs, the colors, surfaces and uses for the stand signs used throughout the Province.
Unsafe Work There is a duty on every Employee, set out in the WCB Regulations, to refuse to undertake unsafe work”. There is a procedure for this in the Employee Manual and every TCP should be aware of the steps involved.
Working Alone Working alone or in isolation can be dangerous. For instance, a TCP postioned at night on a highway out of site of fellow workers. If she is hit by a vehicle or the victim of foul play her plight could go unnoticed. For this reason, this situation is specifically covered in WorkSafe Regulations Part 4 Sections 4.20 thru 4.22 and in the Ansan Group Occupational Health and Safety Program.
WorkSafe BC WorkSafeBC administers the Workers Compensation Act and regulations made under it. The website is found at worksafebc.com and it is an excellent well laid out resource for anything to do with health and safety on the job. Refer to it; use it!