Safety at street works and road works

Code of practice to ensure safe operations when completing road or street works.



Undertakers carrying out street works in England must carry out their works safely and having particular regard to the needs of people with disabilities, as set out in section 65 of the New Roads and Street Works Act.

Code of practice 2013

The statutory ‘Code of practice 2013’ is a revision to the existing ‘Code of practice 2001’. Known informally as the ‘safety code’ or the ‘red book’, it comes into force on 1 October 2014 and provides updated guidance on safe working at street works and road works sites.

The code has been designed to make it simpler to follow and the site layout diagrams have been redrawn to make them easier to understand. It encourages safer working practices and there is more emphasis on risk assessment, providing for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users, and site-specific design. Additional guidance is given on mobile and short duration works and working near tramways and railways, and advice on high visibility clothing and the signing and visibility requirements for works vehicles has been updated. The code also encourages operatives to think about minimising inconvenience to road users.

Consultation on the Code of practice 2001

During 2010, the department consulted on a revision of the ‘Code of practice 2001’:

Non-statutory guidance on safety at street works

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