The Highways England Health and Safety Passport System is now in its second year of implementation with more workers and contractors joining every month. The need for the solution was initiated by Highways England’s supply chain to continue to raise worker safety in the industry and to set a comprehensive safety training standard for all workers. This also prompted the start of the industry-wide Highways England Common Induction (HCI), co-developed by LANTRA, the leading industry awarding body. This streamlines the induction process by delivering core induction material once, so that only site – or employer-specific induction elements applicable to schemes on the strategic road network need to be delivered additionally.
Once a worker has attended and passed the Highways England Common Induction, this is stored securely – along with any other training qualifications – on the Passport system. The worker record has a unique smartcard as well, so that workers can present their up-to-date credentials when arriving on site, eliminating the need for duplicate training and providing trusted authority to work.
Full information about the Passport software and how to register is available: www.highwayssafetyhub.com.
The Highways England Common Induction gives the assurance that contractors have trained their staff in health and safety to a common standard, even if they are working between sites and for different companies.
For the Highways England workforce, the scheme means that they don’t have to repeat all elements of the safety induction if they move between sites, saving time and money.
An overview of the Highways England Common Induction Training Course
- Working on the network
- Occupational health and wellbeing
- Working within temporary traffic management
- Fatal risks
- Environmental protection
- Your personal health and safety commitment
The key audience for Highways Common Induction Course
The Common Induction training is for anyone, other than occasional visitors, who have access to any Highways England site, such as workers and supervisors. The course is a one-day programme and, once completed, a record of the successful completion of the training will be stored on the individual’s Passport smartcard, enabling authorised staff at any Highways England site to access this record and confirm credentials instantly.
The benefits of the Highways England Common Induction Training
The Highways England Common Induction training sets a standard for health and safety across the supply chain. It promotes best practice standards including Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Environment management and raises awareness on the significant risks on the strategic road network. It helps eliminate repetitive general site inductions and aims to set common standards on the network, saving time and money across the supply chain.
Deadline to complete the Highways Common Induction
“Lifesaving Rule (Raising the Bar 23): All contracts and projects that are due to start after the 1st April 2019 or those which are due to finish after 1st April 2020 (inclusive of contracts and projects that are in pre-construction) must fully comply with the Highways England Passport scheme, including HCI, on 1 April 2019.”
The Common Induction training is valid for 3 years, unless circumstance dictates otherwise.
Anybody working under the control of a Principal Contractor for a National Highways funded project or scheme (online and offline) who would normally receive a project or scheme induction in accordance with CDM 2015. This includes, but is not limited to the following roles and trades:
- All operatives (including CWF Contractors, Subcontractors and Agency / freelance employees)
- Contract Managers,
- Health and Safety, Environment Managers / Advisors.
- Road Sweeper, Water Jetter & Gully sucker Operator
- Scheme / Project Recovery Drivers
- Asbestos Removal Operatives
- Bricklaying & Stonemasons
- Carpentry, Joinery, Formwork & Timber Frame
- Concrete work, Steel fixers
- Technology Engineers, Electrician, National Roads Technology Service workers,
- Demolition & Reclamation
- Groundworks Inc. Drain laying, Kerbs & Paving
- Landscaping, Arboriculture, ecologists etc.
- Plant Operators
- Scaffolding, tower erection, temp works etc.
- Surveying, material testing etc.
- Pavement, pavers, planers etc.
- Traffic Management
- Permanent and Temporary Vehicle Restraint installers
- Road Marking and Surface Treatment
- On Site cleaners
(*Please note that this list will be reviewed on a regular basis so that it remains current to business and industry needs.)
Those currently* identified as being exempt from both holding a Passport Card and undertaking the Highways Common Induction are as follows;
- Delivery Drivers of material such as stone, aggregate or concrete who only visit site to off load material and leave site and currently only receive a shorter ‘Delivery Driver’ induction as required by Raising the Bar 23. In time the National Highways Passport Scheme Steering Group will be working to bring this demographic in scope.
- Maintenance Personnel such as hydraulic hose fitters who require emergency access to the network because it is unsafe to recover a broken-down item of plant back to the compound are currently excluded from undertaking the Highways Common Induction and often it is impractical to provide them with the full project induction.
- Recovery Drivers working as part of the national recovery contract, currently being delivered by FMG support via a national network of recovery operators, which is used by traffic officers when removing vehicles on a statutory basis, are currently exempt from holding a passport card. This does not include recovery drivers who provide recovery service for major project or asset delivery schemes under the control of a principal contractor.
- Statutory Undertakers working on behalf of the various companies and agencies undertaking utility diversions on projects and operating with legal rights to access their services and property to carry out certain development and highways works such as utilities and telecoms companies or nationalised companies such as Network Rail who may need access to the SRN to maintain Rail Bridges are exempt from holding a National Highways Passport and undertaking the HCI. This is the default position unless the Principal Contractor defines other arrangements.
- Escorted Visitors: From time to time individuals from outside the contract or project team may wish to visit the works being undertaken on the Project / Scheme to observe or inspect work activity such as National Highways Personnel, offsite designers, Certification Body Auditors or Members of Parliament. A visitor to a contract or project is defined as anybody who requires access to the work location but will not be undertaking any physical work activity other than observing or inspecting work activity. These individuals will operate in line with the site access and induction requirements.
- Office/Compound visitors: Anyone who is just visiting a National Hghways Office, Supply Chain Office, Major Project Site Office or Motorway Maintenance Compound do not require a National Highways Passport or HCI or a temporary visitor permit.
- Tunnelling: Operatives undertaking tunnelling works are currently exempt from holding a passport card due to the limited amount of tunnelling work required in RIS2 confining the trade to two projects. It is still recommended that the tunnelling operatives undertake the HCI so that they have a basic understanding of National Highways rules however this decision will be left to the appointed PC on the two tunnelling projects.
- Security Guards who provide security provision on site compounds or maintenance compounds do not require a National Highways Passport or HCI or a temporary visitor permit.
- Winter Maintenance (Gritter Drivers): Contingent workers who are only engaged by maintenance providers to help support the winter maintenance provision and are only driving a gritter do not need a National Highways Passport or HCI or a temporary visitor permit.
- Pre-Construction Phase: The default position is that the passport scheme is not a requirement during the preconstruction phase. This includes anyone working outside of the construction phase such as GI surveying works, ecology, Archaeology etc do not require a passport card or to undertake the HCI. However, the organisation in charge of the work may wish to mandate this.
Dates & Price On Application