TMS has a long established relationship with Devon County Council and has, over the past 15 years, trained large numbers of staff in Road Safety Engineering, Road Safety Audit and Traffic Management topics.
Devon has a formal Road Safety Audit procedure that acknowledges the difficulty in undertaking a formal RSA on the 500 plus schemes that they construct each year, but also states an intention to have some preventative road safety input to each scheme. To this end they introduced the “Minor Scheme Safety Assessment” (MSSA) programme around 6 years ago.
This scheme take advice from the CIHT RSA Guidelines that encourages local highway authorities to relax some of the requirements of the national standard and undertake safety assessments on minor highway schemes within the design teams themselves. The County RSA team is on hand to provide advice where necessary, but highways staff are empowered to undertake MSSAs following their attendance on a two day training course.
Following their attendance on the course they take a multiple choice and written RSA test. Successful candidates are accredited by Devon County Council to undertake MSSAs. TMS has provided this training since 2010, and the most recent course in March 2016 saw 12 new candidates undertake the course. Devon estimates that over the 6 year period more than 150 highways staff have been trained in this way. Both TMS and DCC believe that training of this nature helps to embed road safety principles within the design team culture, contributing overall to safer roads in the county.