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Oct 16
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Courses In Person

Municipal Liability: Temporary Work Zones

Course Description

The "Municipal Liability: Temporary Work Zones" course is a one-day workshop that provides up to date comprehensive training on the safety requirements for temporary work zones on municipal roads in Ontario. The curriculum of the course is primarily based on the latest edition (April 2022) of the Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Book 7 and the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Currently, there is no standard system in place for municipalities or contractors to ensure that site personnel and engineers/supervisors receive mandatory training on developing and implementing traffic protection and control plans for temporary work zones. This lack of compliance can compromise the safety of all road users (including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians) and site personnel and may lead to costly claims in the event of an incident.

The course aims at addressing this gap by equipping participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop and implement essential safety plans in temporary work zones. It also emphasizes the importance of proper training and certification for site personnel, which can be used as proof of competency in ensuring the safety of all road users and site personnel.

By completing this course and obtaining the certificate, participants can enhance their knowledge and contribute to safer temporary work zones while ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.

Course Content

  • Introduction to temporary work zones and their associated risks
  • The role of the Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Book 7 in ensuring safety at temporary work zones
  • Compliance with the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
  • Developing and implementing Transportation Management Plans, Traffic Control Plans, and Traffic Protection Plans
  • Typical layouts of temporary traffic control at temporary work zones
  • Speed management in temporary work zones
  • Considerations for active road users
  • Visibility considerations at nighttime
  • Temporary traffic control for unplanned events
  • The importance of maintaining records of safety plans and training certificates
  • Case studies illustrating the consequences of inadequate safety measures in temporary work zones

Who Should Attend?

The primary audience for this course includes engineers and technicians/technologists who work or supervise work in temporary work zones. It is relevant for those employed by municipalities or contractors involved in roadway construction and maintenance. The course is also beneficial for engineers involved in designing projects impacting traffic operations or exposing workers to traffic.


Participants are encouraged to bring the following:

  • A copy of the 2022 edition of the Ontario Traffic Manual – Book 7 (download it for free here)
  • An Internet-connected device (tablet, laptop, or smartphone) for participating in course polls, using the Slido app. The polls can be accessed through the Slido app or a browser - no registration required.

Evaluation Process

The course will be assessed through a final online test at the end of the day. The test will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions and participants must achieve a minimum score of 75% to pass. The test duration will be 90 minutes.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the course.

Essam Dabbour, Ph.D., P. Eng

The primary trainer of the course is Dr. Essam Dabbour who has more than 35 years of practical and academic experience in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of all road facilities. Dr. Dabbour is currently the President of EDA Forensics. Before this, Dr. Dabbour held various leading positions in the consulting engineering sector, and he was also a university professor who taught different courses related to the field of road design and traffic safety. In addition to his current position at EDA Forensics, Dr. Dabbour is also an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at Toronto Metropolitan University, where he has been providing academic and technical advice for several student groups to successfully complete their graduation projects. Dr. Dabbour is a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Dabbour is also an active researcher in the field of road design and traffic safety, and he presented his research findings in more than 25 international conferences around the world. Furthermore, Dr. Dabbour has also published the findings of his research in more than 60 technical papers that were published in highly reputable peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and refereed conference proceedings. Dr. Dabbour is also a reviewer for several leading scientific journals to review technical papers in the field of road design and traffic safety. 


CHSI, CHSI, Centre for Health and Safety Innovation, 5110 Creekbank Rd., Mississauga, ON L4W 0A1 Tel (905) 219-0044


October 16, 2023
8:30 am - 5:00 pm