RSMA Best Practice Guides

Written in consultation with members of the Road Safety Markings Association’s (RSMA) Health and Safety Forum, the aim of the Health and Safety Best Practice Guide is to provide accessible and up to date practical guidance on Health and Safety legislation, industry developments and changes in standard operating procedures across the road marking sector. Our vision is for a guidance document that will never go out of date.

The Best Practice Guide can also be referred to as a data source when compiling tender response documentation and bids.

• Part 1 provides guidance and advice on general health and safety considerations specific to the road marking industry, aimed at supervisory and management levels this section includes an interpretation of health and safety regulations and accepted codes of practice pertinent to the sector. In subjects such as how to develop a robust Health and Safety Management Systems and Policies, Risk Management and Safe Systems of Work.

• Providing a more practical set of advice and guidance in operational aspects, plant and equipment, part 2 looks at the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment, substances hazardous to health, plant and equipment, and general operations and is aimed as a reference document for use with information, instruction and training sessions such as toolbox talks.

• Part 3 gives a detailed but concise guide to the application of Traffic Management (TM) up to the basic levels expected in simple road marking jobs, and aims to clarify many of the responsibilities around TM and how project planning should take into account the provision of TM on a scheme or project. Part 3 is currently (January 2015) being amended to reflect the new issue of the Safety at Street Works and Road Works a Code of Practice.

• Part 4 includes guidance on the health and welfare of road marking crews, fatigue management and many other factors effecting the occupational health and welfare within the road marking sector today. Part 4 can be used to ensure, amongst other subjects, that you have the correct items and equipment in your first-aid kits and how to go about conducting noise assessments or drugs and alcohol testing.

• Part 5 provides best practice in regards to fire safety specific to Road Marking Operations. This part illustrates fire safety considerations for both crews working on the road in addition to others who may engage with road marking contractors.

Our aim is to see a copy of the Best Practice Guide in every vehicle cab, on every supervisor’s desk and with every designer or planner of road marking schemes, and this electronic version will give all members the opportunity for every operative to have remote access to this invaluable resource.
To access your electronic copy each member will need to register and to do so will require their unique serial number located on their hard copy format. Each user will need to be registered, and will be verified before given access.

Best Practice Guide Sections

General Health and Safety

Guidance and advice on general health and safety considerations for conducting road markings and associated activities.

Specific Operations, Plant and Equipment

Guidance and advice on specific operations, pieces of equipment and operating procedures most common to the sector

Occupational Health and Welfare

Guidance on Occupational Health hazards related with road marking, including physical, psychological, chemical and biological hazards.

Fire Safety

A section designed to illustrate fire safety considerations for road marking contractors, crews and other workers