Traffic Control Person Hip Guide

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The following list of prohibitions identify hazardous actions that are not to be performed by a TCP when controlling traffic. Many of these actions limit visibility, impair a TCPs ability to be alert and ready to react, or interfere with the TCPs escape route.
Don't Use Your Cellphone!

  • Never allow the TCP sign to be displayed when a TCP is not directing traffic.
  • Never argue with a driver.
  • Never attempt to slow traffic by displaying the STOP sign rather than the SLOW sign.
  • Never become impatient or enraged.
  • Never carry out any other on-site work.
  • Never control traffic where speed limits are greater than 70km.
  • Never converse with any person about anything that is not work-related - keep conversations brief.
  • Never give direction that contradicts any sign, signal or traffic control device.
  • Never leave the control position without being replaced - breaks should be pre-arranged before work starts.
  • Never regulate traffic if you have suffered a reduction in performance that could increase anyone's exposure to risk.
  • Never regulate traffic if your judgment is impaired in any way.
  • Never sit when actively controlling traffic.
  • Never lean on a post or other object.
  • Never stand in an open travelled portion of the roadway while traffic is moving.
  • Never be positioned in an intersection open to traffic flow.
  • Never stand near or sit in a vehicle while actively controlling traffic.
  • Never stand near equipment.
  • Never turn your back on approaching traffic.
  • Never use a mobile device, tape, disk, MP3 player, TV, non-work radio, or any other device that impairs sight, hearing, or attention (use cell phones only to communicate about on-site emergencies).
  • Never wear clothing or items that can obscure or reduce peripheral vision, such as hoodies, certain kinds of sunglasses, etc.

When controlling traffic, that is your only job. Doing anything else is a distraction.