The Highways Authority and Utilities Committee (HAUC UK) has launched the HAUC(UK) app which will give individuals and organisations instant access to safety checklists, the current version of the ‘Red Book’ and the latest industry safety alerts and messages, including COVID-19 guidance whether they’re working in the office or in the field. More importantly it will also establish a communications link to those undertaking the works on the ground.
Attached here is a short video highlighting how the app will benefit street works operatives across the UK.
The app will allow easier access to the Safety at Street Works and Road Works – a Code of Practice, the definitive guide for signing, guiding, lighting or guarding street works across the UK. The new app will make the code available to view at any time and widely shared among contractors and organisations, and will make it possible for operatives to easily access an interactive checklist, a simple, searchable copy of the Red Book, and updates and advice from HAUC(UK) whilst on the job or preparing for works.
Since 1986, HAUC has strived to ensure that the proper processes, systems, and legislations do not hamper the public who need to carry on with their daily activities, nor act as a barrier to the people conducting street works across the UK every day.
Clive Bairsto CBE, Chief Executive of Street Works UK and Joint Chair HAUC(UK) said:
“Ensuring the safety of street works operatives is absolutely critical and a top priority for HAUC(UK) and Street Works UK alike, as well as all our members. I’m delighted that this new app will make it easier than ever for everyone working in our sector to operate as safely as possible. This is a great example of how we can deploy technology in an innovative manner for the benefit of the people whose hard work facilitates the deployment and maintenance of the vital infrastructure that powers our economy.”
Dave Capon, Chief Executive Officer of JAG(UK) and Joint Chair HAUC(UK) said:
“As an organisation, HAUC(UK) is totally focused on delivering the best possible support to the industry and to continuously improve the tools we provide to people carrying out works on the highway. The Red Book is the official guide for everyone out in the field who is responsible for making street and road works safe, but we knew there had to be a better way to help people access its content. To that end, we have developed the HAUC(UK) app. Once it’s downloaded onto a laptop or a smartphone, the app will work offline, but updates as soon as it has a signal or a connection to WiFi. This app development means all operatives, managers, everyone who’s involved in street and road works have access to all the latest safety guidance ‘in their pocket’, wherever they’re working, what’s more the checklists in the app are accessible night and day, important when alerts about COVID-19 are being regularly issued.”