Flagger Orientation

(MUTCD Signaling & Flaggers 296-155-305 Part E)

Flaggers are to be used only when other means are not adequate to control traffic. All workers are required to have a jobsite orientation. This requirement also applies to flaggers who are working on the jobsite and any workers who will perform flagger duties.  Please use MUTCD for specific requirements.

Briefings Required During Orientation

  • The employer must conduct an orientation to familiarize the flagger with the job site.
  • Outline the flaggers’ responsibilities and location on the job site.
  • Review the motor vehicle and equipment in operation at the site.
  • Review job site traffic patterns.
  • Review the communications and emergency signals to be used between the flaggers and the equipment operators.
  • Discuss specific work zone hazards.
  • Outline the protective equipment that is required to be worn while on the jobsite.
  • Outline the planned equipment and vehicle movements.

Please see MUTCD 296-155-305-7 for a complete list of requirements.

Traffic Control Supervisor

The Traffic Control Supervisor must review the flagging operation and traffic control plan at the start of each job.  In addition, the Traffic Control Supervisor will position the flaggers at the beginning of the day and throughout the day as conditions change.

Specific Safety Rules

  • Workers must wear the required PPE as outlined below.
  • The flaggers’ safety vest must be fully buttoned and or zipped up at all times.
  • Flaggers are to stand on the shoulder of the road under normal flagger duties.
  • Each flagger shall have their flagging card with photo Identification with them whenever flagging.
  • Flaggers shall position themselves so that they are not exposed to traffic or equipment approaching them from behind.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • High visibility hard hat for work performed during the day or night; red, white or other colors per L & I Rules.
  • Proper class of high visibility safety vest with retro reflective material for the type of work performed during the day or night.

Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • What should you do when a road user is jeopardizing your or fellow workers safety?
  • What are examples of some changes that would be brought to the supervisor?