Why NRSWA is vital to us all

NRSWA 1991 was created to provide a code of practice for those who need to work on the local authority roads.

The 'local authority roads' being single carriageway roads with various max speed limits, but not greater than 60mph, and dual carriageways that don't go over 40mph (so it excludes motorways).

The NRSWA has to balance out the needs of:
- those who need to work on the roads
- the road users (drivers and pedestrians)
- the local authorities who own the road.

More Than Just Getting From A To B

Our road network is so much more than just helping us to get to one place from another.
Under and alongside our roads is transported pretty much everything we need to comfortably live our lives:
-        Water
-        Gas
-        Electric
-        Fibre
Which means it not just those filling in the potholes who need to work on the roads.
To coordinate so many activities on the roads, NRSWA was created.

NRSWA Objectives

The NRSWA was set up to above all:
-        ensure safety on the roads
-        minimise disruption to the public travelling 
-        look after the road and everything under, above and alongside it 

No one wants to be stuck in hours long backed up traffic due to bad traffic management, or lose their water supply due to a burst pipe.

To ensure these objectives are met NRSWA enforces:
-        competent workers via training
-        clear and early communication and coordination between workers and local authorities
-        flexible approach to cater for both the road users and workers 

The Consequences

The most obvious serious consequences of poor Street Works are risk of injury or death to those on the roads.

More common consequences are; damage to the roads or utilities, or traffic jams.

For those companies that fail to adhere to NRSWA, for example with overrun works, works without permission, unsafe signing and guarding, they can face hefty fines.

Competent Workers

One of the ways NRSWA ensures its aims are met is by requiring those who work on the road are competent, and this is met through training and qualifications.
NRSWA requires there is a qualified operative on site at all times, and the qualifications are relevant to the work. And also that all work is supervised by a supervisor although they do not need to be physically on site. 
For your Streetworks training needs:

The 16 Certificates (Or Units) That Can Be Gained: 

LA - Location & avoidance of underground apparatus KEY CERTIFICATE
O-series certificates, for operatives only:

O1 - Signing, lighting and guarding KEY CERTIFICATE
O2 - Excavation in the highway
O3 - Reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
O4 - Reinstatement of sub-base and base in non-bituminous materials
O5 - Reinstatement in cold lay bituminous materials
O6 - Reinstatement in hot-lay bituminous materials
O7 - Reinstatement of concrete slabs
O8 - Reinstatement of modular surfaces, concrete footways
S-series certificates, for supervisors only:

S1 - Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding KEY CERTIFICATE
S2 - Monitoring excavation in the highway
S3 - Monitoring reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
S4 - Monitoring reinstatement of sub-base and base in non-bituminous materials
S5 - Monitoring reinstatement in bituminous materials
S6 - Monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs
S7 - Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces, concrete footways

The Training

The most common NRSWA training courses are:

5 day Operative or Supervisor course - covering all or most of the units, for those that do excavation and reinstatement

1 day Signing, Lighting and Guarding (O1 or S1) – single unit course for those that just need to direct traffic around their place of work, common with utilities workers

Reassessments - The Street Works ticket is valid for 5 years, every 5 years a reassessment is required to re-qualify. 

Getting qualified means you can be confident of:
- better quality work 
- safer work
- approval from the local authority for any works that are needed to be done

To find out more or book a training course today you can reach us on 0333 301 0226 or at [email protected].