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Questions and answers are updated periodically as new information becomes available / last update - December, 2015

Bulletin - January 2014 Edition of Book 7 - available online

Type Ontario Traffic Manual into title box - Choose Item 5

Book 18 - Cycling Facilities is now available online

Type Ontario Traffic Manual into title box - Choose Item 25

Book 7 Office Edition is now also available from Service Ontario

Book 7 Changes

Book 7 March 2001 vs January 2014

Ministry of Labour - The Safety Blitz Update

Questions & Answers

Q ... Do all of my employees who work on roadway operations have to be trained ?

A ... Training is required.
It is critical that any worker - Supervisor or Labourer - be given sufficient training in order to set up or take down traffic control measures with the highest possible degree of safety. The Ontario OHSA section 67 - 6 states that a worker who is required to set up or remove Traffic Control Measures
(a) Shall be a competent worker.
(b) Shall not perform any other work while setting up or removing
(c) Shall be given adequate written and oral instructions, in a language that he or she understands, with respect to setting up or removing measures.

Q ... Does training have to be repeated at any particular interval

A ... As long as there has not been a substantial change in the complexity of traffic operations performed or new legislation or guidelines that affect their compliance a simple refresher course given internally every season should be sufficient to maintain awareness. It is up to the employer to have the latest information available to relate to all employees who may be affected.

Q ... What new legislation / guidelines are there that affect roadway operations ?

A ... As of April 1, 2006 it is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act (146.1) to disobey a Traffic Control Person's ( or Firefighter's) Stop or Slow sign. It is also an offence for anyone other than a Traffic Control Person ( or Firefighter) to display a Stop or Slow sign.

A ... Changes in the Highway Traffic Act also affect the doubling of fines for speeding in a designated workzone, and open the door for the use of photo radar as an enforcement tool for numerous offences under the HTA.

A ... Changes in the Occupational Health & Safety Act regarding Confined Space Regulations effective Sept 30, 2006 (O. Reg 632/05) may affect your compliance.

A ... A new revision of Ontario Traffic Manual Book 12 - Traffic signals is available as of November 2007. There is also a workbook for this item.

A... Ontario Traffic Manual Book 10 - Dynamic Message Signs is available as of March 2008.

A ... WSIB now considers a material change in your business requires a notification to their office within 10 days. Failure to do so may result in fines.

A ... You must update the poster for the Employment Standards Act to version 4.0. Enforcements including fines may be levied after April 11, 2008

A ... The Ontario Traffic Manual series has three more publications available for down load from the online catalogue. OTM Book 8 - Guide and Information Signs / OTM Book 19 - Advanced Traffic Management Systems / OTM Book 15 - Pedestrian Crossing Facilities.

Q .. Where do I go for up to date information about all of these changes ?

A ... The internet is an excellent source of current information on a great many topics. The best resource for legal information in Ontario is E-Laws .

Transportation, CVOR and general safety & compliance information may be found on the MTO website. Information on MTO Technical Manuals is found on the online catalogue . Type in Ontario Traffic Manual or other title information in the search box to be directed to a list of publications available for download.

The Ministry of Labour website is an excellent resource for information about the OHSA, ESA and other compliance requirements.

Should your organization belong to an Industry Safety Association you should request assistance from them or seek knowledge from other firms in your industry.