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Flaggers are responsible for public safety and make the greatest number of contacts with the public of all highway workers. They should be trained in safe traffic control practices and public contact techniques. Additionally, flaggers should be able to satisfactorily demonstrate the following abilities:
- Ability to receive and communicate specific instructions clearly, firmly, and courteously
- Ability to move and maneuver quickly in order to avoid danger from errant vehicles
- Ability to control signaling devices (such as paddles and flags) in order to provide clear and positive guidance to drivers approaching a TTC zone in frequently changing situations
- Ability to understand and apply safe traffic control practices, sometimes in stressful or emergency situations
- Ability to recognize dangerous traffic situations and warn workers in sufficient time to avoid injury.
For daytime and nighttime activity, flaggers shall wear high-visibility safety apparel that meets the Performance Class 2 or 3 requirements of the ANSI/ISEA 107–2004 publication entitled "American National Standard for High-Visibility Apparel and Headwear" (see Section 1A.11) and labeled as meeting the ANSI 107-2004 standard performance for Class 2 or 3 risk exposure. The apparel background (outer) material color shall be fluorescent orange-red, fluorescent yellow-green, or a combination of the two as defined in the ANSI standard. The retroreflective material shall be orange, yellow, white, silver, yellow-green, or a fluorescent version of these colors, and shall be visible at a minimum distance of 1,000 feet. The retroreflective safety apparel shall be designed to clearly identify the wearer as a person.
New York Flagger requirements:
- Flagger Training is required
- Traffic Control Supervisor is required on certain projects
- Certification is required for flaggers
- ATSSA is a recognized provider