In the winter, the most important source of information comes from your employees out on the road. They are your eyes and ears as they determine where the problems are. The first person who should be out on the roads is your Winter Patroller; their job is to find potential problems and allocate the necessary resources before it is too late. A crucial part of their job is deciding when it is time to salt versus sand, and to recognize when road temperature drops so that they may predict where ice will form.
Everyone’s safety is related to the patroller’s efficiency, knowledge and performance. In order to have the right tools to make the right decisions at the right time they need the most comprehensive and up-to-date training available.
Who Should Attend
Any person responsible for winter patrolling.
Classroom Topics of Discussion
Approx. 7 hrs.
- Weather/RWIS overview and the role weather info and storm patterns play in determining the correct maintenance response for each winter event
- Weather 101
- Characteristics of common Ontario winter weather patterns
- Name and define basic weather terminology
- Road Weather
- Recognize fundamental RWIS atmospheric and pavement components
- Discuss applicable strategies for variety of storm events and resultant road surface conditions
- Winter Minimum Maintenance Standards
- MMS legal concepts as they apply to winter road maintenance
- Review real life cases
- What could have been done better?
- Who is at fault and why?
- Winter patrol documentation
- Policy – task oriented
- Record keeping /accident reporting necessary in the defense of claims
- What needs to be recorded?
- Review of pre-wetting, anti-icing and de-icing technology
- Concepts main snow/ice control strategies
Main equipment, materials and other resources required to effect successful anti-deicing strategies
Student Book, Test, Operator Training Summary, Certificate of Completion