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Preparing for Shift Checklist

Your safety and comfort throughout your shift and the safety of the entire work zone is reliant upon how well you are prepared. You should be prepared for all possible variables, including changes in environmental conditions or shift duration.

When Dispatched

When you get dispatched for work you should be provided with more than just the contractor name and work site location.

To adequately prepare for your shift, always ask for a copy of the Traffic Control Plan and related information, such as:

  • Name and contact information of the TCS
  • Number of other TCPs on site, names, and experience level
  • Type of work - is additional PPE required?
  • Specific requirements (e.g. site orientation or additional signs / devices required)
  • Location of work and direction of travel
  • Approximate length of shift, designated parking area
  • Procedures for working alone or in isolation

At Home

  • Check the weather conditions
  • Review the route to the jobsite
  • Locate the nearest hospital and/or medical facility
  • Check the site digitally and identify any areas of concern
  • Confirm that PPE and devices are clean and in good working order
  • Allow adequate time to arrive on site (plan to arrive fifteen minutes early)


  • BCCSA TCP Certificate
  • PPE, whistle
  • Raingear / Extra clothing
  • Flashlight with red signal wand
  • Radios and spare batteries
  • Food / beverages
  • Additional items such as: Sunscreen, lip balm, bug spray, gloves, etc.

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