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Working Group 1 – Bollards and Sign Illumination

The majority of the work addressed by this Working Group is centred on issues arising through the tests in BS EN 12899:2007 Parts 1 and 2, introduction of standards for LED installations and how this affects the BS. It will also deal with the introduction of Part 6 of the standard when this is published. CE marking, and the Sector Schemes, evaluating the consequences with working through the standards are other concerns, along with raising the profile of BS EN12899:2007 throughout the industry and supplying an education tool through guidance notes.

Programmes of work based on the existence of, and the need to deal with relevant issues in the following categories:

  • HA Specifications and Technical Regulations (TR and MC series) including those TR specifications used for Type Approval.
  • CEN/CENELEC European and BSI adopted Standards.

AIM

To implement a continuous review of standards in the above categories, taking action on any documents which require revision to reflect changes in procedures, legislation, safety standards, and European harmonisation. Any document or parts of documents considered to be redundant owing to any of the above changes will be examined for consolidation or withdrawal. To publish guidance notes to help customers specify the appropriate products for their needs.

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Working Group 2 – Traffic Signs

ARTSM was formed in 1934 when traffic sign manufacturers saw the need to create a manufacturing standard. The first working group was formed in 1934 specifically to write the UK’s first national standard for traffic signs, and following the request from ARTSM, BS 873 Road traffic signs was published in 1939. In more recent years this working group was known as the Traffic Signs Working Group (TSWG), and under the new structure of working groups in 2010 became WG2, which represents UK traffic sign manufacturers and suppliers of associated products used in the construction of road traffic signs.

Our work currently focuses on the most significant change for ARTSM members in over 70 years; the mandatory third party testing of many permanent traffic sign products covered by BS EN 12899.

In previous years most members have provided products on a self-certification basis, but 1 July 2013 brings significant change with the full implementation of the Construction Product Regulations (CPR) in over 30 European countries. It will be unlawful to supply or install a product covered by the scope of the Standard without its performance being declared against BS EN 12899 as required by the CPR, and it being CE marked.

WG 2 members are present on a number of industry working groups including;

  • B509/3 BSI committee representing UK interests on national and European Standards
  • Department for Transport traffic signs technical working party
  • National Highway Sector Scheme 9a (sign manufacture) and 9b (installation)

AIM

To implement a continuous review of standards in the above categories, taking action on any documents which require revision to reflect changes in procedures, legislation, safety standards or European harmonisation. Any document or parts of documents considered to be redundant due to any of the above changes will be examined for consolidation or withdrawal.

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Working Group 3 – Fixed and Portable VMS

The majority of the work addressed by this Working Group is centred primarily on formulating a consensus view of the new draft of EN12966 to ensure that ARTSM representatives on the B509/11 committee are properly briefed on the issues they wish the UK delegation to present to the CEN committee.

Programmes of work based on the existence of, and the need to deal with relevant issues in the following categories:

  • HA Specifications and Technical Regulations (TR and MC series) including those TR specifications used for Type Approval.
  • CEN/CENELEC European and BSI adopted Standards.

AIM

To implement a continuous review of standards in the above categories, taking action on any documents which require revision to reflect changes in procedures, legislation, safety standards, and European harmonisation. Any document or parts of documents considered to be redundant owing to any of the above changes will be examined for consolidation or withdrawal.

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Working Group 5 – Traffic Signals and Control

The majority of the work addressed by this Working Group is centred on programmes of work based on the existence of, and the need to deal with relevant issues in the following categories:

  • HA Specifications and Technical Regulations (TR and MC series) including those TR specifications used for Type Approval.
  • CEN/CENELEC European and BSI adopted Standards.

AIM

To monitor and influence the development and use of traffic signal and control equipment both permanent and temporary, with a view to establishing safety and operational policy and to provide guidance to designers, installers and system users. This should take into account the potential for introducing new technology.

To implement a continuous review of standards in the above categories, taking action on any documents which require revision to reflect changes in procedures, legislation, safety standards, and European harmonisation. Any document or parts of documents considered to be redundant due to any of the above changes will be examined for consolidation or withdrawal.

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Working Group 6 – Installation and Road Worker Safety

The scope of the Group is to provide a forum for discussing and agreeing a joint, cross-industry view on all aspects of Road Worker Safety including competency, training, equipment and standards applicable to motorways and urban highways.

AIM

The Action Group should consider all aspects of Installation and Maintenance activities on highways. These include:
  • Health and Safety, to consider the safe installation and maintenance of all roadside equipment associated with traffic control.
  • To represent ARTSM on the Advisory Committee for NHSS 8.
  • To liaise with ASLEC.
  • Advising on equipment design for safety and ease of installation and maintenance.
  • Advising on how to reduce the impact of installation and maintenance activities on the highway network.
  • Producing guidance notes relating to electrical testing, periodic inspections and maintenance, work at height, lone working, manual / mechanical handling, personal safety, management of sub-contractors etc.

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