Road Safety Audit Team

Road Safety Audits are undertaken by a Road Safety Audit Team which must be independent to the engineering team that have designed the works. The Road Safety Audit Team comprises of a minimum of two persons with appropriate levels of training, skills and experience in Road Safety Engineering work and/or Collision Investigation.

Audit Team Training, Skills and Experience

The most appropriate candidates for Audit Team Leader and Audit Team Member are individuals whose current employment involves Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering on a regular basis. This should ensure that auditors are well versed in the most recent practices and developments in the field. Those candidates who have the recommended experience in Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering experience but who have not undertaken such work on a regular basis in the previous two years are unlikely to be acceptable.

Candidates who carry out Road Safety Audits full time to the exclusion of general Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering work are unlikely to be acceptable as they may lack the appropriate and recent Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering experience.

The Project Sponsor must be satisfied that the proposed Audit Team Leader, Audit Team Members and Observer have adequate and relevant training, skills and experience. The Audit Team Leader, Audit Team Member and Observer’s curriculum vitae submitted to the Project Sponsor should consist of no more than three pages of information for each. The curriculum vitae should demonstrate that previous experience of Road Safety Audit, Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering is relevant to the scheme to be audited, in terms of scheme type and complexity. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record included on the curriculum vitae should also focus on Road Safety Audit, Collision Investigation and Road Safety Engineering. It should mention any other relevant CPD, covering areas such as highway design, traffic management and highway maintenance. Teams comprising highway design engineers with no experience of road safety work are not suitable.

Road Safety Auditors should also have an understanding of how best practice highway design principles may benefit road safety. It is not intended that Road Safety Auditors have extensive detailed design knowledge. However, they should have a reasonable understanding of design standards and best practice design principles, and how the application of these can minimise collision risk.

The following list gives guidelines on acceptable training, skills and experience for Audit Team Members:

Audit Team Leader

A minimum of 4 years Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering experience. Completion of at least 5 Road Safety Audits in the past 12 months as an Audit Team Leader or Member. In order to become an Audit Team Leader the auditor will already have achieved the necessary training to become an Audit Team Member. However, they should also demonstrate a minimum 2 days CPD in the field of Road Safety Audit, Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering in the past 12 months.

Audit Team Member

A minimum of 2 years Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering experience. Completion of at least 5 Road Safety Audits as Audit Team Leader, Member or Observer in the past 24 months. The Audit Team Member should have attended at least 10 days of formal Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering training to form a solid theoretical foundation on which to base practical experience. They should also demonstrate a minimum of 2 days CPD in the field of Road Safety Audit, Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering in the past 12 months.

Observer

A minimum of 1-year Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering experience. The Observer should have attended at least 10 days of formal Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering training.

Specialist Advisors

The Design Organisation and the Audit Team should consider if there are any particular features of the project, such as complex signal controlled junctions, highway design, traffic management or maintenance issues that warrant the appointment of Specialist Advisors to advise the Audit Team. Appointment of Specialist Advisors is subject to the approval of the Project Sponsor who would separately instruct them on their role. A Specialist Advisor is not a member of the Audit Team but advises the team on matters relating to their specialism.

Certificate of Competency

At least one individual within the Road Safety Audit Team undertaking Road Safety Audits on the motorway and/or trunk road network must hold a Certificate of Competency in Road Safety Audit, acquired in accordance with Annex J of HD19/15 of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.

With regard to local roads, the relevant Local Highway Authority guidelines should be checked to see whether audits need to be undertaken fully in accord with Highways England standards in HD 19/15.

Require Assistance with a Road Safety Audit?

Sanderson Associates have extensive experience in providing Road Safety Audits for a wide variety of major and minor developments throughout the whole of the UK, Isle of Man and Ireland.

One of our Road Safety Auditors holds the Road Safety Audit, Highways England Approved Certificate of Competency, we are therefore able to carry out Road Safety Audits on the Trunk Road Network that comply with the detailed requirements of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges HD 19/15.

We would be pleased to provide you with our competitive fee proposal to provide you with our Road Safety Audit Services, please call us on 01924 844080 or click here to complete our secure online form.

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