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Work Zone Safety Tools - Training Classes

Information And Tools for Making Our Work Zones safe.

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Training Classes

The following is a list of Work Zone Safety and Specialty classes that are completed for this year. Dates and registration information for 2017 classes will be posted Oct. 1, 2016. Add me to the class notification list.

Flagger Train the Trainer

This course is used to qualify contractor's personnel to train employees to act as flaggers on MnDOT construction projects. Attendees will meet requirement of the new MnDOT flagger training language contained in the traffic control special provision of selected jobs. The course includes review of Field Manual flagger requirements and related layout, discussion of safe practices, flagger attire, and flagger responsibilities. More information and checklist.

Flagger Train the Trainer Re-qualification Online

You are now able to re-qualify for the Flagger Train the Trainer class online. A link to the online re-qualification site is provided below. The site includes an e-learning presentation and short questionnaire. It take about 15-20 minutes to review this material.

Traffic Control Overview

This course is designed for project level engineers, supervisors and traffic engineers from MnDOT, Local agencies and engineering consultants. Students will be exposed to traffic control special provisions standard language and instructions for use when writing time and traffic for highway projects. Emphasis will be placed on projects such as bituminous mill and overlay, concrete rehabilitation, and others that are short term in nature. Other subjects covered will be work zone speed limits, use of portable concrete barrier, and drop off policy.

MnDOT Traffic Control Supervisor

This three day training course (PDF) is designed for Traffic Control Supervisors who will be working in Minnesota on state projects. Attendees will meet requirement of the MN DOT Traffic Control Supervisor language contained in the traffic control special provisions in the contract for selected jobs. Topics covered in the course will include principles and setup of temporary traffic controls, summary of traffic control special provisions for MnDOT projects and will make use of actual traffic control plans. Other subjects covered are work zone speed limits, use of portable concrete barrier and worker present speed limit. It is strongly recommended that attendees have a minimum of two years traffic control experience before registering for this class. For individuals new to traffic control and are not required to fulfill the MN DOT Traffic Control Supervisor language contained in the traffic control special provisions the following classes listed under Other Traffic Control Classes that are offered through other agencies.

MnDOT Traffic Control Supervisor Recertification

This one day training course is designed for those who have been certified as MnDOT Traffic Control Supervisors and need to renew their certification. Classroom lecture will focus on the latest changes in technology and specifications related to Traffic Control. Upon passing a written examination students will maintain their certification.

Other Traffic Control Classes

Orientation to Work Zone Safety

The online tutorial was designed to provide work-zone employees with an understanding of the most basic aspects of safety in a work zone and encourage them to develop safe habits. It begins with how a worker should prepare before entering the work zone, and it doesn't end until the worker is off site and out of the work-zone area.

Work-Zone Traffic Control Seminar

This three hour seminar provides an overview of basic traffic control procedures for short term work zones. The latest in traffic control devices and safety devices are presented, including several unique approaches to traffic control and methods for reducing risk and liability. The class is offered through the U of M Center for Transportation Studies and Minnesota LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program).

ATSSA Traffic Control Technician and Supervisor

(National ATSSA Traffic Control Supervisor Certification is not accepted certification to meet requirement of the MnDOT Traffic Control Supervisor language contained in the traffic control special provisions in the contract for selected jobs.)

The one-day ATSSA Traffic Control Technician (TCT) course provides an introduction to temporary traffic control in work zones for individuals who work in the field installing and removing traffic control devices. It teaches concepts, techniques and practices in the installation, and maintenance of traffic control devices.

The ATSSA Traffic Control Supervisor (TCS) course is a 2-day course designed for individuals who supervise traffic control technicians and other field personnel. It provides comprehensive training on work zone standards, guidelines, installation and removal procedures, inspection, documentation and supervisory skills. ATSSA Traffic Control Technician is a prerequisite to this course.

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