Work Zone Safety

Keeping everyone safe during construction, maintenance, utility & landscape work along California roadways

Traffic Control for Safer Work Zones

This 8-hour one-day course is designed to keep workers and the public safe during road construction and maintenance, utility work, landscaping and railway maintenance work along roadways in California.

This course is compliant with the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CAMUTCD), Cal-OSHA Sections 1598 & 1599, and California Vehicle Code Section 21400, and incorporates the latest state/federal guidelines.

Customization is a key feature of this Work Zone Safety Training program, which can be tailored to accommodate the needs of crews working on local streets, low volume roads, or high-speed facilities.

Collectively, our instructor team has over 150 years of work zone related experience and are all Licensed Professional Engineers who work for public agencies or as engineering and liability consultants. Many of the instructors also are active members of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the Work Area Traffic Control Handbook (WATCH), and the Caltrans 2014 CAMUTCD working team.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Traffic control plans for various types of roadway situations encountered in cities and counties in California
    • Some instruction on proper flagging procedures
    • Legal section on work zone tort liability
  • Course Outline
    Session 1: Introduction (45 Minutes)
    • Course Overview
    • Need for Training
    • Liability in the Work Zone
    • Human Factors
    Session 2: Worker, Pedestrian & Bicyclist Considerations (15 Minutes)
    • Worker Considerations
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Safety Order 3380
      • Heat Illness Prevention – Safety Order 3395
      • Activity Area – Planning , Speed and Internal Traffic Control
      • Positive Protection Devices-Federal Regulations - 23 CFR 630.1108 (“Subpart K”)
      • Worker Safety Planning “General Duty Clause”
    • Pedestrian Considerations
    • Bicycle Considerations
    • Pedestrian ADA Considerations
    Session 3: Traffic Control Devices (30 Minutes)
    • Signs
    • Devices
    • Minimum signs and devices each truck should carry

    Session 4: Components of Temporary Traffic Control Layouts (30 minutes)

    • Areas
    • Tapers and buffer spacing
    • Sign Spacing
    • Warning Sign Series
    • Work Duration
    • TTC Guidelines for High speed and Low speed 
    Session 5: Flagging (90 Minutes LS, 180 Minutes HS)
    • Video
    • Power Point Presentation (High Speed only, optional for Low Speed)
    • Hands on Student Demonstration of Proper Flagging Procedures

    Session 6: Course Wrap-up & Evaluations (15 Minutes)

  • What you will learn
     By the end of the training, students will:
    • Understand the requirements to protect the driving public and work zone crew at and around construction and maintenance areas (or work zones)

    • Understand the requirements to protect the driving public and work zone crew at and around construction and maintenance areas (or work zones)

    • Be able to develop traffic control plans for work zones in accordance with state and national guidelines

    • Understand safety equipment and markings and their uses/limitations under various conditions

    • Be able to install traffic control devices for work zones to assure safety of the driving public and the work zone crew

    • Be able to safely install and remove a variety of safety equipment and markings used to control/guide traffic safely through work zones

    • Gain knowledge concerning actions to reduce risk of personal and agency liability arising from negligence in the work zone design and operation

    • Be able to use techniques, devices and equipment to safely direct vehicle movements around work zones in accordance with state and national guidelines
  • Who should attend

    This training is designed for road construction and maintenance crews and their supervisors who are expected to work in and around the public street right-of-way and are responsible for the implementation of traffic safety control plans in the field.

    This course will also benefit traffic/civil engineers and public works inspectors who design, direct, and inspect construction and maintenance work done on public streets.

    Utility company workers and contractors, who frequently do maintenance work within the public street right-of-way, will also benefit from this training.

  • Course Prerequisites

      [no prerequisites identified]

  • Course Instructors

      David Royer, TE, CE, Consulting Traffic and Highway Engineer, Retired Principal Engineer, LADOT

      David Royer is a licensed Civil Engineer and Traffic Engineer. He's been a valued instructor and course developer at Tech Transfer for 40 years. His teaching and development include the Work Zone Safety Program, Roadside Safety & Barrier Systems, and the Maintaining Retroreflectivity at Required Levels course. Mr. Royer also served as an LTAP Field Agent during the period that Tech Transfer served as the California LTAP Center. In 2018, he was the first to receive the Technology Transfer Program's Instructor of the Year award. He retired at the position of Principal Transportation Engineer from LADOT after 32 years of service, and for the past 23 years, he has been a consulting traffic and highway engineer.

      John Fisher, PE, PTOE, Traffic Engineer for the City of Culver City, Retired Assistant General Manager Principal, LADOT

      Mr. Fisher has over forty-one years of transportation engineering experience, including thirty-nine years with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation and thirteen years as Assistant General Manager. He is a voting member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) and leader of the Delegation of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, which advises the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on traffic management innovations for the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. He is also an advisor to the FHWA on evaluating new signs and pavement markings through the Traffic Control Devices Pooled Fund Study and Institute of Transportation Engineers on connected vehicle technology. 

      Johnny Bhullar, PE, TE, Senior Transportation Engineer

      Mr. Bhullar is a registered Civil and Traffic Engineer in California and has 29 years of transportation engineering experience with Caltrans. This experience ranges from national and statewide traffic operations policy and standards issues in Headquarters, to their application and field implementation in rural and urban settings. As the engineer on California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, he also has accident reconstruction experience. He is a member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD), participating on Temporary Traffic Control Technical Committee, which partners with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to recommend changes to National MUTCD. 

      Raul Galvez, PE, Engineering Division Manager, Department of Public Works - City of Fountain ValleyMr. Galvez has over seventeen years of professional engineering and management experience in the private and public sector. He has eleven years of leadership experience as manager of the Engineering Division at the City of Fountain Valley Department of Public Works. He manages for the City of Fountain Valley a multi-million dollar capital improvement program, including roadway rehabilitation, traffic/transportation, sewer, water, park and development projects. He also works closely with field services managers and superintendents to ensure the city's engineering program is fully synchronized with field services. 

      Raymond Davis, PE, PTOE, President and Principal Engineer, RED3 Consulting

      Mr. Davis has over 35 years of public and private sector experience developing solutions to complex and politically sensitive transportation related problems. He has experience with the planning, design, implementation, day to day operations and maintenance of all aspects of Complete Streets including bicycle and pedestrian facilities, traffic calming and road diets, and other aspects of Context Sensitive Streets. He has served as a Director of Public Works, Transportation Administrator, and a City Traffic Engineer. Mr. Davis is a registered professional Traffic Engineer and is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

      Gordon Wang, PE, Associate Safety Engineer, Cal/OSHA ; Former Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) Expert, Caltrans

      Mr. Wang is a registered professional engineer with more than 20 years of experience. He served as the expert on TTC for California State DOT (Caltrans). He was in charge of the Standard Plans and Specifications for TTC Systems. He supported the California Traffic Control Devices Committee on TTC issues and adopting Part 6, Temporary Traffic Control of the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). He initiated and completed action items in the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). He also provided statements and depositions as the most knowledgeable person from Caltrans in legal cases involving work zone traffic accidents. 

      Amjad Obeid, PE, Construction Safety Coordinator & Traffic Advisor, State of California - Caltrans

      Mr. Obeid has over 26 years of experience in highway transportation and is a registered Civil Engineer with the State of California. He was a Resident Engineer who oversaw the construction of multi-million dollar projects and state highways. As a Resident Engineer, Mr. Obeid oversaw the contractor's implementation of the Traffic Management Plans and compliance with the project and Standard Plans pertaining to traffic control. Mr. Obeid coordinated multiple closures for various contracts and contractors within the same corridor of construction zones, reviewed and resolved conflicting closures, and provided optimal solutions for motorists to safely maneuver thru construction zones. 

      Adolfo Ozaeta, PE, TE, City Traffic Engineer, Department of Public Works, City of Westminster

      Adolfo Ozaeta has 20 years of professional engineering and management experience in the private and public sector. At Westminster, Mr. Ozaeta is responsible for the City's Intelligent Transportation Systems Program, Traffic Management Center, and Parking Management System. Additionally, he oversees transportation policy and planning, environmental impact analysis, traffic signal operations, traffic engineering, special event management, transit planning and operations, and transportation safety. He is responsible for overseeing the City's Mobility Element and Active Transportation Plan. Mr. Ozaeta is the City's lead grant writer and legal expert on matters related to traffic/transportation engineering. 

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