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, Collision data analysis and an understanding of highway design principles and best practice.
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 Data Analysis 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 Data Analysis or Road Safety Engineering work are unlikely to be acceptable as they may lack the appropriate and recent Collision Data Analysis or Road Safety Engineering experience.
It is the responsibility of the Highway Authority/Overseeing Organisation to approve the Audit Team as part of the approval of the Audit Brief. They must be satisfied that the proposed Audit Team Leader, Audit Team Members and any Observers have adequate and relevant training, skills and experience. The Audit Team Leader, Audit Team Member and Observer’s Curriculum Vitaes are normally submitted for approval and should consist of no more than three pages of information for each. The CV should demonstrate that their previous experience of Road Safety Audit, Collision Data Analysis and 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 CV should also focus on Road Safety Audit, Collision Data Analysis 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 Data Analysis 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 Data Analysis 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 Data Analysis 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 Data Analysis or Road Safety Engineering in the past 12 months.
A minimum of 1-year Collision Data Analysis or Road Safety Engineering experience. The Observer should have attended at least 10 days of formal Collision Data Analysis or Road Safety Engineering training.
As part of agreeing the Audit Brief 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 Highway Authority/Overseeing Organisation. 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 or trunk road network must hold a Certificate of Competency in Road Safety Audit, acquired in accordance with Appendix G of GG119 contained within 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 in accordance with Highways England standards in GG119 (formerly HD19/15) of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges or if the Local Highway Authority have specific local standards that should be applied. The standards to be applied should be clearly set out within the Road Safety Audit Brief.
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