An NRSWA Course can put you streets ahead of the others
The New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) of 1991 was instigated to maintain the health and safety of all those working on highways and roads within the UK during construction projects. It also addresses the health and safety of road users while the projects are going on, ensuring that traffic is suitably and safely diverted and vehicle users and pedestrians are not put at risk.
There are two key levels of NRSWA course
– there are for supervisors and operatives. The supervisor course is designed for those who will be leading a team of NRSWA operatives. The aim of the supervisor’s NRSWA course
is to make sure that the team leader has the knowledge and skills to effectively get the project completed whilst maintaining the safety and well-being of their workers and other road users. The operative level NRSWA course
is designed for team members who will be executing the supervisor’s instructions and completing the work on roads or highways. The aim of the operatives course is to encourage awareness of health and safety and to demonstrate how the operative and supervisor work together to keep the team safe.
The NRSWA course
scheme is modular, with each qualification being made up of one or more units. To achieve any one qualification the supervisor or operative must attain the correct number of units. This is especially relevant if you are looking to get a street works card. The cards, which are excellent to show on request when working on site, are awarded only on the completion of a minimum of one qualification. This means no matter how many units you have, you must have the correct configuration of units to gain a card. Training courses are often set up to accommodate this, as training providers understand the system and have the success of their candidates in mind.
However if you are still feeling a little baffled on how to navigate NRSWA qualifications, here is a quick look guide on how the system works:
There are 6 possible qualifications for both supervisors (S1 -S6) and operatives (O1-O6). These qualifications cover the same six topic areas such as excavation in the road/highway; however the supervisors’ course is directed towards the monitoring of the tasks, rather than the tasks itself.
For each of the six qualifications there are number of units each candidate must achieve. For example the O6 signing, lighting and guarding qualification (O - for operative) requires the completion of the 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding course. The S6 monitoring of Signing, Lighting and Guarding qualification requires the completion of the 010 Monitoring Signing, Lighting and Guarding unit.
Many of the units are easily available throughout the UK, especially operatives 001-006 and 009 and supervisors 001, 010, 014 and 016. Candidates will have to travel to a recognised provider training centre to complete the course as it needs to be completed at an accredited site. Some of the units such as operatives 007, 008 and supervisors 015 are a little more rare and an online search facility can help you to locate the best venues and dates for these cour