Congratulations to another 8 members of staff this week who have successfully been trained by Michelin and passed the REACT – Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside qualification at our new Training Centre in Helston!
Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) – Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside
The safety of tyre technicians working by the roadside has always been a cause for concern in the tyre industry; technicians can be called out at any hour, in all weather conditions, to work on a vehicle often mere yards away from speeding traffic. It is a sad fact that, every year, some fitters are seriously injured or killed while working at the roadside.
How Did React Come Into Being?
A number of professionals in the tyre industry; manufacturers, retailers offering roadside assistance and training providers, have come together as the REACT Steering Group to launch a scheme to licence all tyre technicians working on truck tyres on the roadside. The scheme has received the backing of the Highways Agency as a positive step towards improved working safety.
Training And Monitoring of Roadside Tyre Technicians
REACT operates as a group within, and is administered by, the NTDA. Launched in October 2011, (and to become mandatory at a date yet to be set by the Executive Council of the NTDA), for all truck tyre technicians who work for companies in membership of the NTDA. The scheme records and monitors the training of technicians working on the roadside throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland attending truck tyre associated breakdowns on motorways, duel carriage ways and trunk roads.