National Safety Committee

Committee membership

  • Peter Curl (Chair), Fulton Hogan
  • Nathan Allan, RMS
  • Peter Carbone, Boral
  • Amanda Clements, Downer
  • Chris Dillon, VicRoads
  • Bill Lansbury, QTMR
  • James Pennings, Altus Traffic
  • Shan Ruprai, Colas
  • Emma Stuart, VIVA
  • Stuart Torpy, Wirtgen
  • Craig Watson, Transurban
  • Dougall Broadfoot, AAPA – Convenor

The Committee exists to

  •  assist continuous improvement across the flexible pavements industry in WHS practices and performance towards international best practice,
  •  facilitate wide and rapid exchange of learning points, technology and skills across the industry,
  • elevate public recognition of and community commitment towards elimination of the unique exposures to work site safety risks and hazards that bituminous surfacing and maintenance employees face daily in their road worker roles,
  • encourage harmonisation of procedures and processes across state boundaries and
  • publicly demonstrate the improvements through portrayal of relevant measured performance indicators.

The function of the Committee is advisory to the Board and Members of the Association. The Committee does not hold executive capacity within the Association.

The Committee is chaired by an executive of a member organisation nominated by the AAPA Board or a member of the AAPA Board nominated from within their midst and supported by a nominated AAPA executive in the role of Convenor to the Committee.

AAPA National Safety & Sustainability Committee

As part of the AAPA strategic plan the strategic goal for safety and sustainability states:-

Development of long-term sustainable pavement engineering solutions, providing a focus on harmonization of practices and maintaining a focus on innovative safety solutions in the delivery of flexible pavements

The strategies for the development of this goal as outlined in the plan are:-

Safety and Sustainability

  • Long life asphalt, perpetual pavements project completion and communication of outcomes.
  • Continued development of recycled asphalt inclusion in new mixes and development of further innovative advancement on the 100% recyclable road.
  • Implement innovative new safety initiatives in partnership with the State Road Agencies including a program of benchmarking performance against current standards.
  • Development of a harmonization program across industry for pavement engineering, safety and on site standards, within each State and then across State borders.

These goals have been developed largely at a National level in partnership with Austroads and State Road Agencies. Member companies have excelled in the safety innovation area and are now sharing the intellectual property around improvements made. To take the next step of development in the sustainability area in particular there is a need to provide coordination of effort across member companies and beyond our tradition base to engage with other entities that impact on the road worker and pavement engineering space. The formation of a National Safety and Sustainability Committee chaired by an AAPA Boardmember would assist enormously in providing the National co-ordination and prioritisation role for this work and allow AAPA to remain focussed and deliver great outcomes.

Current priorities

Sustainability:

  1. Engage with ISCA assist in updating the Australian calculator to genuinely reflect the products & processes of the bituminous product sector.
  2. Develop a marketing initiative through the AAPA communications team to promote the sustainability advantages of industry using best available local and international material.

Safety

  1. Working with the AAPA communications team, to provide valuable information to promote safety the Critical Risk Areas of:
      1) Proximity of traffic to the worksite     2) Worker and plant interaction.
  2. Provide feedback on the CRA’s through the 2017 Conference and through links to international participants.
  3. Benchmark and report the safety profile of industry through the regular provision of industry statistics and safety alerts.