The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) is offering a free 6 - month trial membership to LGA member authorities and discounted access to the RSMA Annual Conference 2018 - ‘Innovation and Safety’.


What is the RSMA?


The RSMA is the largest specialist trade body in the UK Highways Sector. Established in 1976, the RSMA has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in Supporting, Training, Assessing and Representing companies and other organisations involved in or with an interest in, the road marking industry.  


The RSMA Vision:       Safer roads for all users.


The RSMA Mission:    Delivering safer roads through effective maintenance, skills and technology.


The RSMA works with Government bodies and industry partners to deliver its vision; examples include providing technical expertise to support the use of autonomous vehicles, reducing road fatalities and injuries, road markings and eyesight, white lines and the elderly, cycling and road markings, school safety zones and enhancing the safety of pedestrians. The RSMA is the internationally respected voice for the UK road marking industry; a key component of a safe and effective highways network.


Why is RSMA making this offer?


The financial challenges faced by Local Authorities and a significant reduction in the number of staff with specialist skills, knowledge and experience, has impacted upon the effective and efficient delivery of public services. This, when combined with the limited understanding within the road marking industry of the operational and financial challenges faced by Local Authorities, has led to a skills/knowledge gap which has the potential to impact negatively on both LGA and RSMA members.


The RSMA offer seeks to bridge this gap, is pivotal to developing understanding and provides the opportunity to increase effectiveness and efficiency by promoting a relationship between the road marking industry and Local Authorities – the better our respective members understand each other’s operating environments and challenges, the more efficient, effective and safe the output. Working smarter, greater collaboration and improved communication shall all contribute to a collective ability to do more with less.

The challenges and opportunities encountered by Local Authorities cannot be effectively dealt with in isolation but can be alleviated by increased mutual understanding and support. Partnership and collaboration are critical to RSMA and LGA members in achieving effective service delivery and development when faced with the challenges of year on year budget cuts. Local Authority staffs with a better understanding and knowledge of the road marking industry will enable RSMA members to better serve communities through the delivery of much needed, cost-effective public services.


To ensure road marking best practice can be shared, the RSMA is offering free membership for 6 months to those Local Authorities who are not currently part of the RSMA network. This initiative is limited to LGA members and provides access to advice and guidance from the RSMA, attendance at RSMA events and access to training delivered by the RSMA and the National Highways Academy (NHA). The RSMA is a catalyst in providing a supportive and diverse network to enable achievement of national and local targets within the scope of its expertise.


RSMA Training & Events.


In addition to its Annual Conference, the RSMA delivers Support, Training and Assessment through its NHA brand to underpin the health and safety of operators and to develop a highly trained and certified workforce. In addition to the offering listed below, the RSMA plans to introduce from April 2019, ‘Road Marking 101 – An Introduction to Road Marking for Local Authority Employees’. Access to publications, reports and position papers is free, whilst access to events and courses is a competitively priced and cost-effect way of increasing the knowledge base of road marking and related disciplines.


Member Interest Groups (MIGs):


The RSMA introduced Member Interest Groups (MIGs) in 2016. A half-day ‘mini-conference’, MIGs address a range of current topics at the operational level, afford the opportunity to share best practice and provide a forum for members to exchange views and highlight concerns. MIGs are held 3-5 times per year on a regional basis. Locations for 2018/19 include North West England, the Midlands, South and South West England.


Presentations and discussions often benefit from the contribution of external subject matter experts. Recent topics include:

-           John Stephenson (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) – ‘Annual Roadworthiness Testing for Previously Exempt HGV’.

-           Tolulope Oke (Supply Chain Sustainability School) – ‘Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) in Construction’.

-           Morris Cole (Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association) – ‘Current use of TiO2 and Possible future Changes’.

-           Liam Sheanon (RSMA) – ‘Fatigue in the Road Marking and Highways Industry’.


Trial in a Box (Health and Safety – Your Company in Court):


Borne out of the highly successful live ‘Mock Trial’ presented to Highways England and its own members, the RSMA has, in partnership with international law firm Eversheds Sutherland LLP, developed ‘Trial in a Box (Health & Safety – Your Company in Court)’; an innovative and interactive learning tool, highly relevant to all Local Authorities.


Delivered by Stuart Caroline BSc(Hons), CMIOSH, EnvDipNEBOSH, CSP, ‘Trial In A Box’ is designed to highlight to all levels of a workforce the importance of good Health & Safety practice – and the very serious consequences that can result from poor procedures and non-compliance with appropriate Health & Safety standards.


Using a combination of video ‘evidence’ of a simulated Health & Safety incident, PowerPoint presentation and extensive delegate participation/discussion, ‘Trial In A Box’ uses the example of the death of an employee in an operating environment to highlight how behaviour can affect lives.


The scenario is used to stimulate discussion and elicit from delegates the key learning points, factors and principles that contribute to both unacceptable and acceptable Health & Safety procedures applicable to all related working environments and workforces.


NHA Delivered Courses:


Course Title


Health and Safety Topics

Abrasive Wheels                                                     

½ Day

Asbestos Awareness

½ Day

Working at Height Awareness

½ Day

Confined Space Awareness

½ Day

Ladder Training

½ Day

Basic Health and Safety

½ Day

Health and Safety Principles

1 Day

Manual Handling Awareness

½ Day

COSHH Awareness

½ Day

Risk Assessment Principles

½ Day

Environmental Awareness

½ Day

Environmental Principles and Best Practice

1 Day

Legionella Awareness

1 Day

Directors and Senior Managers Duties and Responsibilities

1 Day

Fire Marshal Training

½ Day

Fire Warden Training

½ - 1 Day

Fire Extinguisher Training

½ Day

Near Miss Reporting

½ Day

Thermoplastic Operational Safety                          

1 Day

Safe Vehicle Manoeuvring (Banksman)

½ Day

Miscellaneous Topics

Train the Trainer 1

1 Day

Train the Trainer 2

2 Days

Managing Challenging Behaviours

½ Day

Substance Misuse

½ Day

Work Related Driving

½ Day

Appreciation of ADR Exemptions                  

½ Day

Airless Spray Machine (Graco type)   

2 Days

Forklift Truck – Counterbalance (In-house competency)

1 Day

Operative Refresher Assessment Scheme (ORAS)

2 Days

Road Marking Specialist Applied-Skills Programme

18 Months

Road Marking VQ Assessments         


First Aid Topics

Emergency First Aid

1 Day

3 Day First Aid at Work

2 Days

2 Day First Aid at Work Refresher

3 Days

AED Training

½ Day

Electrical First Aid

½ Day

Epi-Pen Training

½ Day

Basic Life Support

½ Day

Accredited Training Courses

IOSH Working Safely

1 Day

IOSH Managing Safely

4 Days

NEBOSH National General Certificate

10 Day Block or 13 Days Day Release

NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

5 Day Block or 7 Days Day Release


Further Information and Next Steps.

The free trial membership period will be 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019 inclusive. LGA members are invited to submit applications for trial membership to the RSMA Local Government Liaison Officer, Liam Sheanon at with effect from 1 August 2018.


If you would like to find out more please contact the RSMA team on +44 (0)1427 610101.