Understanding potential hazards and risks is essential for everyone who works on Highways England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN). In order to standardise safety across all Highways England sites, setting a common safety standard for all, the Highways England passport scheme was launched in November 2017.
In order to achieve the Highways England passport, employees visiting Highways England sites must complete the Highways England Common Induction Training Course (HCI).
Currently, almost 2 years after its introduction more than 55,000 employees have completed the Highways Common Induction Training course.
Who is the course aimed at?
The common induction training course is for anyone who accesses Highways England sites. Any worker, supervisor, delivery driver, office staff, manager, foreman- the list can go on. Anyone visiting site needs the Common induction Training.
Now, Crown Highways have worked with Lantra to be able to implement delivery of the course themselves and are proud to announce their rubber-stamped approval as a Lantra training centre for such purpose.
With safety of paramount importance within the business, as well as operations taking place across a number of Highways England sites, Crown Highways are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to setting a standardised safety procedure.
Firstly, Lantra approval means Crown Highways- a staple of Highways England sites across the country – can now deliver in-house the HCI training to new recruits.
This will speed up the process of qualification and maximises the efficiency of getting new starters up to scratch on Highways England protocol, as employees can be active on HE sites quicker than if third party training needed to be arranged.
Secondly, Crown Highways newly approved status means they can provide training to other companies and individuals needing to complete the HCI to access Highways England sites.
The common induction course – what does it involve?
The course equips attendees with a basic understanding of health and safety, and knowledge of the principle hazards and risks, legislation and best practice to safely work on Highways England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN).
The finer details
This training course has been developed to help understand how to work on Highways England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN) safely.
The amount of instruction required will depend largely upon previous experience and sessions will be adapted to meet individual needs. Course duration will depend on experience and will be from one to four days.
The training course will consist of theory sessions, followed by assessment.
Course sessions include:
- Introduction to Highways England
- Working on the Network
- Working within Temporary Traffic
- Fatal Risks
- Occupational Health and Wellbeing
- Environmental Protection
- Personal Health and Safety
- Theory Assessment.
If successful in meeting the required standards assessed, certificates of competence are then awarded.
So, who should attend?
This course is for you if you’re visiting or working on the Highways England Strategic Road Network (SRN).
And what is covered?
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand what is Customer Service to Highways England and the Supply Chain
- Understand the main requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act
- Gain an overview of Highways England’s minimum expectation for working on their Strategic Road Network (SRN)
- Gain a basic understanding of temporary traffic management
- Be able to review fatal risks that occur when working on the SRN
- Be able to identify the essential health and wellbeing points to consider in the workplace
- Be able to identify and describe main environmental issues found on sites
- State the impact upon themselves, their lives and their families and friends of a serious accident at work
- Be able to identify examples of poor behaviour on a works site
- Be able to describe how H&S knowledge and good working practice can improve behaviour on a works site.
Mike Dale, Crown Highways MD spoke to us regarding this landmark for Crown:
“Being able to deliver the HCI is a big step forward for us and gives us the opportunity to drive home a couple of our values on a larger scale than ever.
“Being able to deliver in-house means we can have our workforce trained the way we want them trained, alongside a fast track to HE sites via the HCI due to not needing to book training courses and dates elsewhere.
“Additionally, our collaborative efforts continue by opening up our training centre and capabilities to those that need us to gain their passport.”