Traffic Management Plans

Traffic Management Plans

Work health and safety (WHS) legislation requires that all business owners ensure that all safety risks associated with mobile plant and vehicles are eliminated or, if this is not possible, minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

A traffic management plan details how the risks associated with plant and vehicle traffic are being managed in a workplace. Plans should be regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure they are effective and account for changes in the workplace.

Safety Services Australia (SSA) has developed a process for managing your traffic management risks.

This includes the development of:

  • Hazards that have not been eliminated during design and/or manufacture.
  • The risk associated with each remaining hazard.
  • Details of risk treatments implemented by the supplier to minimise the risk of remaining hazards.
  • Details of risk treatments recommended to be undertaken by the purchaser.
  • The residual risks associated with each risk treatment.

SSA Traffic Management Services includes

  • Development of Traffic Management Plans(TMP) and
  • TMP implementation and training


The Traffic Management Plans may cover but not limited to:

  • The designated travel paths for vehicles including entry and exit points, interaction between plant / materials / pedestrians, or traffic crossing another stream of traffic.
  • Pedestrian and traffic routing.
  • Traffic controls for each expected interaction
  • Layout of barriers, walkways.
  • Signs and general arrangements to warn and guide traffic around, past, or through the workplace or temporary hazard.
  • Requirements for special vehicles (e.g. over-dimensional).
  • Requirements for loading from side of road onto the site.
  • Travel paths and issues such as places to turn around, access ramps and side roads.
  • Designated delivery and loading/unloading areas.
  • The expected frequency of interaction of vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Roles and responsibilities of persons in the workplace for traffic management; and
  • Instructions or procedures associated with the control of traffic, including in an emergency.
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