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Frequently asked questions for the TTM Review

 Updated 11 October 2021

How is the review being approached? 

A risk-based approach is the best way to manage road worker safety.

  • CoPTTM in its current form can steer users to a compliance or tick-box based approach to applying temporary traffic management in practice 
  • Compliance-based temporary traffic management does not guarantee safety or minimise the risk of harm 
  • We need to shift away from ‘following a guide’ to recognising our accountabilities as PCBU’s in regard to managing risks 

When we initially set out to review the document, we looked at how it might be improved (in its current form) and how it can better align with Austroads. 

After receiving over 700 items of feedback from the TTM sector and through assistance and engagement with the sector, we have decided to move to a much simpler risk-based approach to TTM.

This will also better align to WorkSafe NZ’s’ release of their Good Practice Guide.

The renamed NZ Guide to Temporary Traffic Management will have four main parts: 

  1. Basic legislative framework for safety 
  2. Policies - aimed to assist the identification and management of TTM risk 
  3. Links to specific traffic management rules 
  4. Practice Notes Appendix - Specific guides developed by groups within the sector for their industry. 

Who is doing the review? 

We have a project team within Waka Kotahi, led by a Programme Director with experience in large scale change, as well as seconding Ryan Cooney from Downer to help work on drafting the guide. Both have the assistance of Danny Wood, Principle Traffic & Safety Engineer and Kim Laurenson, Senior Advisor, Technical Training and Education, Safe and Sustainable Standards. 

We have formed a Governance Group, comprising of CE's of the tier one construction firms, WorkSafe NZ, ACE and CCNZ. The group is chaired by Brett Gliddon, General Manager, Transport Services - Waka Kotahi. 

The Governance Group oversee the work of the project team and provide valuable guidance on our priorities.  

How will the NZ Guide to Temporary Traffic Management sit with the WorkSafe Guide? 

The WorkSafe Guide carries legislative authority. Neither the CoPTTM or the NZ Guide to TTM carry legislative authority, therefore sit under the WorkSafe Guide, providing guidance to identify and manage TTM risk. 

What will this mean in practice? 

The NZ Guide to TTM will be less prescriptive, while providing guidance for identifying and managing risk. 

We want the NZ Guide to TTM to be as helpful as possible, but the manual is not going to keep people safe, it comes down to where and how the safety is managed - from planning, and management to practice on the ground. 

How will this affect training and audit? 

We are also aligning the audit and training with this less prescriptive approach. 

  • Audits will become more about reviewing and learning, rather than complying with the guidelines. 
  • Training will move to working with the sector to help improve capability consistently nationwide. 

Are there other changes? 

To support our change from prescriptive manual to risk-based guidance temporary traffic management we are: 

  • Looking at how the changes to the NZ Guide to TTM affect our approach to contracts; 
  • Commissioning research on attitudes to safety and key safety metrics; 
  • Developing case studies with our sector partners to demonstrate different ways to identify and manage road worker risk. 

We are also working with parts of the sector for innovative ideas to promote safety at our work sites i.e. mobile VSLs, trial speed cameras at road work sites etc.