I live in the country and when I head to town, I have to take a highway. Lately, there’s been a ton of construction going on during the day. Today I was driving along and came to a long line of cars that were moving from two lanes down to one lane. Usually you see a few guys working but there were at least twenty working in a group with jackhammers.
We were supposed to be going 60 mph hour right outside of the construction zone and everyone had slowed to 20 mph in the zone to watch the work being done on the road. The construction workers had on super bright vests and were highly visible. I was wondering how they regulate safety for these crews and found more information while researching the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).
the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)
The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) is an international trade association based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Since 1969, it has represented companies and individuals in the traffic control and roadway safety industry. ATSSA members provide the majority of features, services and devices used to make our nation’s roadways safer. These include pavement markings, road signs, work zone traffic control devices, guardrails, and other roadside safety features.
ATSSA’s Core Purpose is “To Advance Roadway Safety.” The association’s current membership totals approximately 1600. They hold local chapter meetings as well as annual national conferences. They also produce educational videos and offer training courses for roadway workers. And their online store offers manuals, handbooks and other roadway safety training materials.
Last summer ATSSA, in conjunction with its partner Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and with the help of a practitioner working group, completed work on 14 innovative work zone safety guidance products. These products are available free to any company, organization or public agency and include a field guide on the use of shadow vehicles in work zones, a guidance sheet and checklist on pedestrian access in work zones, a reference on the use of high visibility garments and worker visibility in work zones, a leaflet on temporary traffic control for maintenance operations, a booklet on how to measure performance in work zones, and many other items.
“I highly encourage individuals, agencies and roadway safety companies to visit the ATSSA website to browse and download these products today,” said ATSSA’s Director of Training Donna Clark. “We’re also inviting law enforcement, emergency responders, towing companies – anyone who works on our roadways – to take advantage of these free new products. The goal is saving lives on our nation’s roadways and these products will certainly help in accomplishing that goal.”
It’s nice to know there are so many different organizations who work to make our roadways safer, and with their educational opportunities, products and conferences ATSSA is definitely one of those organizations.