NH Public Works Mutual Aid - 5 Safety

This workshop will examine the NH Public Works Mutual Aid Program. The workshop will cover: how to join Mutual Aid, using the website and how to access information during an emergency, requesting and providing aid, road standards and mitigation, water/wastewater effort of Mutual Aid, the municipal perspective, finances during an emergency and damage assessment, talking to the press, and examples of when towns used Mutual Aid.

Once your town is a member of Mutual Aid, it has access to hundreds of personnel and thousands of pieces of equipment to solicit use during an emergency.


NH Road Law for Municipalities – 5 Supervisory

 What is a “public highway”? How do state laws define a public highway? These are the first of many questions addressed in this workshop. Many legal issues will be discussed to ensure that participants clearly understand rules and regulations governing local roads. Presentation and discussion will emphasize the authority, responsibility, and limitations on road managers and other municipal officials.

The instructor will explain the legal process for highway dedication, acceptance, discontinuance, and layout. These classes will provide a basis for describing regulations, maintenance duties, and liability. Specific topics include Class V and VI roads, winter roads, scenic roads, drainage, utilities, speed limits, weight limits, bonding, stonewalls, tree cutting, and mailboxes


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OSHA Roadway Construction Training – 10 Safety

This is an introductory course to OSHA Standards which will cover the following topics:

  • Electrical Safety & Mechanized Equipment
  • Roadway Work Zones & Confined Spaces
  • Excavations & Trenching
  • Personal Protective Equipment  & Occupational Health
  • Night Work
  • Fall Prevention & Protection


Pavement Preservation Conference - 5 Technical

Preventative maintenance treatments allow road managers to keep roads in good condition rather than allowing them to deteriorate and then having to rebuild. Many municipalities have limited budgets and must protect their assets. 

Participants attending this workshop will learn of different pavement treatments to extend the life of their roads. 


Plan Reading - 5 Technical

Project plans are the "how to" instructions for constructing a project. Knowing how to decipher plans will give the reader all the information needed in a construction project. This hands-on workshop will help participants develop an understanding of plans. They'll gain knowledge to interpret plans for record keeping and cost estimating. This workshop is specifically designed for public works employees who work with engineering plans. Attend this workshop to gain familiarity with plans and to practice calculating material quantities. 


Preventing Run-overs & Back-overs/Roadway Safety Plus - 5 Safety

Preventing Run-overs & Back-overs is designed to help reduce fatalities and accidents in the roadway construction industry by separating trucks and heavy machines from workers on foot in the work zone. The Roadway Safety Plus portion teaches participants how to use the Roadway Safety Plus Software, which is considered highly advanced, interactive software for roadway construction safety. Each attendee is provided with the software, and is encouraged to use the program for continual learning. People who should attend this workshop are road managers, road supervisors, foremen, and personnel in charge of workers' safety training


Project Planning - 5 Technical

A complex task for road managers is planning reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. Causes of deterioration and the best solution must be determined, and an accurate cost estimate must be prepared. In this workshop, participants learn about all of the items to be considered when planning a project and the financial calculations involved in the budgeting process. The group activity will be an interactive virtual tour of a road in need of improvement led by experienced NHDOT and private engineers. The group will review the road, discuss why the road has deteriorated and determine a plan for possible solutions based on their experiences and what has been presented in the course. They will then make an estimate of quantities and go through the process of estimating the associated project costs. 


Public Relations for Public Works – 5 Supervisory

Public works departments are highly visible in their communities. This workshop will help managers improve the public’s perception and overall image of their department. There are easy, inexpensive ways to improve the department’s public relations. Learn how to positively and proactively influence elected officials, and the public in order to gain the support you need.


Reconstruction Project Planning - 5 Technical

A complex task for road managers is planning reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. Causes of deterioration and the best solutions must be determined, and additionally an accurate cost estimate must be prepared.

In this workshop, participants will plan a project and prepare cost estimates. The group activity will be instructed by experienced, private and NHDOT project planners, and road managers from surrounding municipalities. 

Specifically, participants will walk a road in need of rehabilitation, discuss why the road has deteriorated and determine possible solutions among a variety of options. For the best solution, they will make an estimate of quantities. In the classroom, they will total the quantities and estimate the project cost. 


Recycled Material in Road Projects - 5 Environmental

Information on the use of recycled materials in road construction has generally been directed at the State or Federal level. This workshop will address how municipal engineers and local road agents can use recycled materials in their projects. There will be an introduction on recycled materials with economic, environmental, and policy issues regarding the use of recycled materials. An overview of crushed concrete and glass use will be addressed and a summary of other materials used, such as asphalt shingles, foundry slag, and compost. 


Recycling and Solid Waste - 5 Environmental

This workshop offers participants a course in "Recycling 101," and will teach the basics of recycling within municipalities. The workshop will instruct on how to establish a recycling program initially, as well as how to maintain those already in place. Topics covered include incentives to recycling, how to manage street waste, new laws concerning recycling, and how to finance recycling. Participants will also learn about solid waste, how to dispose of it, and how to treat solid waste as a budget item. 


Road Safety 365 – 5 Technical

Rural roads account for approximately 40 percent of the vehicle miles traveled in the U.S., but 55 percent of fatalities. The fatality rate for rural crashes is more than twice the fatality rate for urban crashes. Over 3/4 of all U.S. road miles are rural and almost 80 percent of the 3 million miles of rural roads in the U.S. are owned and operated by local entities (FHWA statistics).

This workshop will help teach the fundamentals of making safety a priority by including it in the traditional decision-making process 365 days a year. Through practical exercises and discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of the municipal department. The benefits and potential cost-savings of safety initiatives are also shown using local agency examples. 


Road Surface Management System - 10 Technical

The UNH T2 Center developed the Road Surface Management System to meet the management needs of small to mid-sized municipalities. This update contains new analytical tools developed to ease maintenance and budget planning. With RSMS the local road manager can: inventory their paved and unpaved roads, determine and record surface conditions, consider a number of alternative repairs for each road, apply proven techniques and management principles, and develop multi-year plans and budgets to maintain and repair local roads. A central feature of RSMS is easy data collection and processing. To help users apply the management system, UNH T2 Center conducts a thorough, two day workshop. Participants receive the trial version software program and documentation at the end of the workshop. 


Sign Inventory Management Systems - 5 Technical

Motorists rely on traffic signs to regulate, warn, and guide themselves and others. Courts have consistently held governmental entities responsible for adequate placement and maintenance of traffic signs. Governmental entities can only delegate the task of traffic sign maintenance to its highway department. The entity is ultimately responsible for adequate traffic signs. 

Originally, the UNH T2 Center developed the SIMS Software Program, which has since been upgraded by PWS Solutions: pws-solutions.com. Participants will receive a trial version of the software with the registration fee. However, fully functioning software can be purchased from PWS Solutions for an additional cost. 


Stream Crossings - 5 Environmental

Participants will learn about NHDES stream water crossings and the rules. Topics to be discussed are: how the flowing water in rivers and streams changes the landscape and how it is affected by land use, the biological aspects of stream crossings, how climate change can affect stream crossings, identifying inadequate culverts, and information on considerations for replacing crossings. Instructors will also give an update on the NHDES stream crossings rules, permitting processes, and provide information on potential funding sources available to upgrade culverts. 


Sustainability – 5 Supervisory

Sustainability management and succession planning are critical for all organizations. A good manager will ensure business will run as usual when one or multiple employees leave the workforce at the same time. There are many pieces to creating a sustainable business. This workshop will define “sustainability management” and how it relates to municipal highway departments, how training and record-keeping are essential, aspects of a good sustainability management plan, and how to present this plan to selectmen and town officials.


Tractor/Mower Safety - 5 Safety

Tractor/mower operator safety training is very important. There is the potential for serious injury and even death in the kind of work public works employees perform every day. This workshop will include classroom instruction and a hands-on activity where participants will drive a safety performance course. A pre-test, post-test, and written exam will be conducted as part of the workshop. 


Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity Summit - 5 Safety

This workshop will discuss the nighttime visibility requirements for roadway signage. It will educate attendees regarding the definitions of important terms, why retroreflectivity is important, legal requirements, maintenance options, and PWS Signs computer software. 


Vegetation Control - 5 Environmental

Roadside vegetation is something that can impact your job. This workshop will cover many topics on the subject of vegetation control. The main topics discussed will be how plants grow, various equipment and herbicides commonly used, mechanical and chemical control methods, and the legal aspects of improper vegetation control. 


Wetlands Permits - 5 Environmental

Participants will learn how to complete wetlands permit applications and how to work with the Wetlands Bureau. They will learn jurisdictional laws and legalities concerning wetlands permits. Information will be shared on hydric soils, plant identification, and jurisdictional rules. 

Course objectives are to provide basic tools to identify plant species, causes and prevention of erosion, process of completing a wetlands permit, and design tips for roadway construction. 


Winter Maintenance Fundamentals - 5 Technical

Winter operations are a large portion of highway maintenance in NH. This workshop will address the basics of winter operations, from how to prepare for winter, to cleaning-up after a storm. Personal safety will be discussed, such as mounting a plow and reporting accidents. Also, attendees will participate in a discussion about de-icing and anti-icing practices. This is a good workshop for new hires, as well as a refresher for seasoned professionals. 


Work Zone Traffic Control – 5 Safety

Throughout the country’s roadways, there are universally recognized controls in work zones that motorists are familiar with. There are minimum standards in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). These standards will be referenced throughout the day.

This workshop has been tailored to train individuals who work on low volume roads. Safety is emphasized in this workshop because it is often overlooked when road repair is needed with a minimum crew size. Proper work zone set-up and how to efficiently direct motorists will be discussed. Effective work zone design and installation, concepts using signs and devices for detours, construction zones, and maintenance sites are also discussed.