MIG Programme

28th February 2019: Leeds
7th March 2019: Slough

09:00 – REFRESHMENTS

10:00 – WELCOME

10:15 11:00 - THERMOPLASTIC: OUTDATED TERMINOLOGY

Paul Aldridge, Chairman, RSMA

Since the middle of last century, a significant proportion of road markings in the UK have been hot applied and referred to as thermoplastic.

This session at the MIG, to be delivered by RSMA Chairman, Paul Aldridge and CEO, Stu McInroy, will examine the composition of thermoplastic product utilised in road markings, the wider implications of the word thermoplastic, whether the term remains appropriate and how we as an industry may wish to move forward.

 

11:00 – 12:00 ROAD MARKING INDUSTRY: PROJECT UPDATES

Stu McInroy, Chief Executive, RSMA

One benefit of being a member of the RSMA is that we, as the Association, are involved, or have been involved in a number of projects, either in the interests of members, or to protect members’ interests. These include, but are not limited to Road Product Certification, Highways England Product Competition, Contained Hydroblasting, and the Pavement Enhancement Group.

This session, to be led by Stu McInroy, CEO of the RSMA, will provide updates on where current projects are and where they are likely to go in the future.

 

12:00 – 13:00 – LUNCH

 

13:00 – 13:30 – DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’VE SIGNED UP FOR: A CONTRACT CASE STUDY

Stu McInroy, Chief Executive, RSMA

RSMA was approached recently by a member who had undertaken work for a Local Authority through a ‘prime’ contractor. The member has undertaken work for that contractor for a significant period of time without issue, however the member is now being pursued by the prime contractor for what it alleges are “historic overpayments”.

The member in question believes that the wider RSMA membership may benefit from their own experience.

This session at the MIGs, led by RSMA’s CEO, Stu McInroy, will outline the background to the matter and bring to members’ attention some of the key points in this particular contractual relationship, which may be applied generically to other situations.

 

13:30 – 14:00 – MAJOR ROADS NETWORK: PROGRESS SO FAR

Nicole Barton, Major Road Network Policy, Department for Transport

Mark Valleley, Transport for the South East

Building on the work of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Report, A Major Road Network for England, the Government is creating a Major Road Network (MRN). This will provide a specific new funding stream to raise the standards of the most economically and regionally important A-roads in England that will join seamlessly with and complement the existing Strategic Road Network.

The introduction of the new “network” of roads in the shape of the MRN is a shake-up of the status quo, but what does this mean for our roads?

 

14:00 – 14:30 – CHANGES TO PPE REGULATIONS

Paul Manning, British Safety Industry Federation

Stuart Caroline, HSE & Assessment Manager, RSMA

Under the New PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425(Stand-alone since April 2018), Distributors and Importers now carry clear responsibilities in providing PPE. Whilst there are a few “technical changes” to some items placed on the market. The biggest change is from a ‘Directive’ to a ‘Regulation’, which moves the entire subject of PPE supply into an area that is more directly covered by: ‘legal responsibilities and obligations’.

The duty of supplying compliant PPE now falls to ‘all economic operators’ in the supply chain who now have specific due diligence requirements in providing compliant PPE to users. So why does that matter to end users and their Risk analysis?

This session, to be delivered by the British Safety Industry Federation, will outline why this change in regulation is pertinent to your business, and how to ensure the PPE provided to your workforce does not fall foul of the law.

 

14:30 – 14:45 – REFRESHMENTS

 

14:45 – 15:30 – WORKFORCE WELFARE: THE COMPLETION OF MANAGING FATIGUE

Stuart Caroline, HSE & Assessment Manager, RSMA

A feature of the past few MIGs, this fatigue project is nearing the end. As heard during the last MIG in November 2018, IAN 189/16 and 190/16 are to be withdrawn, as through Raising the bar, it has been determined that they will not be used.

The profile of fatigue has been raised in the highways industry, and there is still a requirement for companies to manage the fatigue and hours worked of their employees.

With input from members through a Fatigue Working Group, the RSMA has created a fatigue guidance document, specific and relevant to the road marking industry, and tailorable for members to adopt for their own use. This is accompanied by deliverable toolbox talks.

This session, to be delivered by the RSMA’s HSE and Assessment Manager, will outline the contents of the guidance document, and present a toolbox talk to members on fatigue.

 

15:30 – 16:00 – Q&A WITH THE CEO

Stu McInroy, Chief Executive, RSMA

It has been almost 12 months since Stu McInroy was employed as the (then) new Chief Executive of the RSMA, beginning a new chapter for the Association and the road marking industry.

This session will allow you the chance to ask questions to Stu which you believe are pertinent, and hear his plans for the future of the RSMA. Questions can be submitted beforehand and kept anonymous by emailing lsheanon@rsma.co.uk.

 

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