What is a NRSWA Training and Who Needs to Complete It

What is a NRSWA Training and Who Needs to Complete It

If you work in the construction industry you may have heard of the new roads and street works training (NRSWA), or you may have been told you need to take the course. This article will give you an idea of what NRSWA training is and why you might need it.

What is NRSWA?

The NRSWA training is for any worker who is employed by local authorities, utility companies or similar contractors and who will be working on public footpaths or highways. The course gives the workers an understanding of what standards, legislations and codes of practice they must stick to. For example, the course will cover areas such as notification requirements, safety to highway users, excavation practices on highways, and guidance for lighting signage and guarding etc.

Types of NRSWA

There are two main types of new roads and street works training, the operative stage and the supervisor. If you are going to be carrying out the digging or setting out the work you need the NRSWA operative, the operative course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to safeguard yourself and others whilst working. If you aren’t going to be doing any of the setting up or manual digging, you may still need NRSWA training, and it will likely be the supervisor level. This provides you with the skills and knowledge to perform supervisor duties.

Content of the NRSWA

Some of the areas you will cover in the new roads and street works training are:
Location and avoidance of underground services
Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding; coordination procedures and code of practice.
Monitoring excavation in the highway.
Monitoring reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials.
Monitoring reinstatement of non-bituminous, sub-base and road-base materials.
Monitoring laying practices and reinstatement of bituminous materials.
Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete highways.