Streetworks: Unit 2 (O1) – Signing, Lighting and Guarding

The New Roads and Street Works Act refers to legislation in the United Kingdom that governs the planning, coordination, and execution of street works and the maintenance of road networks. Commonly this is known as either Streetworks or NRSWA. NRSWA places a strong emphasis on the safety of workers and the public. It outlines safety measures and training requirements for those involved in street works. Over the coming weeks we’re going to break down each of the 16 units and give you a greater understanding of what’s involved and how to go about booking your training. We’ll focus on the operative units and provide you with the Supervisors Equivalent unit when relevant.

The first unit we are going to explore is Unit 2 (O1) – Signing, Lighting and Guarding.

Undertaking Streetworks within the public domain necessitates a heightened level of expertise, particularly when dealing with the labyrinth of underground utilities. Accidental damage to these crucial components can lead to service disruptions, personal safety dangers, and financial repercussions.

Unit 2 (O1) investigates the critical aspects of signing, lighting, and guarding within the context of street works. This comprehensive training module is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the safety of both workers and the public during roadworks and how signing, lighting and guarding are laid out and displayed.


Key Components of Unit 2 (O1)

Signing: Proper signage is vital for communicating essential information to road users and pedestrians. Unit 2 (O1) covers the placement, design, and maintenance of signage to effectively convey warnings, directions, and restrictions associated with street works.

Lighting: Adequate lighting is crucial, particularly when works extend into the night or in low visibility conditions. This section of the training focuses on the installation and maintenance of temporary lighting to ensure a safe working environment and minimize the risk of accidents.

Guarding: Effective guarding measures protect both workers and the public from hazards associated with street works. Unit 2 (O1) addresses the proper implementation of barriers, cones, and other physical safeguards to delineate work areas and prevent unauthorized access.


What is Taught on This Unit

  • Legal Framework and Regulations
  • Risk Assessment and Hazard Identification
  • Signing
  • Lighting
  • Guarding
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Practical Exercises and Demonstrations


Duration of Training

One day course and can be booked as a single unit or as part of the 5-day Operatives or Supervisors Streetworks course.


Assessment Methods:

Assessments form the backbone of this training with a theory assessment and practical confirmation exercises in a real-world environment.

Registration on the Streetworks Register:

Participants who fulfil the requirements are eligible for registration on the Streetworks Register. This registry serves as a testament to their competence and adherence to industry standards.


How to Book:

There are a few ways you can book your Unit 2 (O1) Signing, Lighting and Guarding Streetworks courses.

  1. Give our expert team a call to discuss your preferred date and location options. We have courses all over the UK.
  2. Drop our team an email detailing your enquiry
  3. Visit our website and search for Streetworks. You’ll find all course information and an option to book. Or, visit our training calendar for dates and locations.