Book 7 Training

Note that the OTC does not sell copies of OTM Book 7 Field Edition.  Copies can be purchased through Publications Ontario by visiting the follolwing link https://www.publications.serviceontario.ca/pubont/servlet/ecom/ and entering “Ontario Traffic Manual Book #7″ into the search bar.

1. What is Book 7 Training?
2. Who is Book 7 Training designed for?
3. Why is Book 7 Training important?
4. Do I need Book 7 Training for my job?
5. What topics does OTC Book 7 Training cover?
6. Who are the Book 7 course instructors?
7. What is the cost to attend a Book 7 Training course?
8. When and where is the next Book 7 Training session?
9. How can I register for the next Book 7 Training course?
10. Where can I buy a copy of Book 7?

1. What is Book 7 Training?

The Ontario Traffic Manual’s Book 7 (Temporary Conditions) has been developed to provide basic uniform requirements for traffic control in work zones during roadway or utility construction and maintenance operations on or adjacent to public highways including ramps and municipal roads and streets, (as well as other public ways to which road traffic has access).

*These Book 7 Training sessions are approved for 0.7 CEUs from the Ontario Ministry of Environment

2. Who is Book 7 Training designed for?

Training in Book 7 is intended for employees working for the following agencies and organizations:

  • Provincial, Municipal, and private road authorities in Ontario and their contractors.
  • Utilities, contractors, and others who may have approval to work on public roadways.

3. Why is Book 7 Training important?

Safety for workers and motorists is paramount, including workers setting up, operating, and removing traffic control. The purpose of this training is to provide the basic guidelines for traffic control to be used by persons or agencies performing construction, maintenance, and utility work on any street or highway open to the public in the Province of Ontario, in order to achieve satisfactory levels of safety for workers and motorists.

4. Do I need Book 7 Training for my job?

The latest Ministry of Labour Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and construction regulations provisions for traffic control and worker protection have been in effect since June, 2000, and have been carried forward into subsequent editions. These require employers to train workers exposed to traffic hazard or construction vehicles, and to develop Traffic Protection Plans for workers who may be exposed to traffic and vehicular hazard.

5. What topics does OTC Book 7 Training cover?

This 1 day course is for installers (workers) and supervisors who will be responsible for or working on non-freeways only. This course will benefit employers, provincial and municipal road authorities, contractors, engineers, designers, contract administrators, utilities, supervisors, workers, and inspectors.

  • Provisions of the Ontario Health and Safety Act and regulations relating to traffic control in maintenance and construction work zones, as well as to employer, supervisor, and worker responsibilities, and upcoming changes to legislation.
  • Driver needs, capabilities, and limitations: Human factors and positive guidance, and their application to work zone traffic control.
  • Comprehensive training on OTM Book 7 requirements and guidelines applicable to non-freeways.
  • Rural and urban application of Book 7
  • Speed Control in Work Zones, including speed control with pilot vehicles
  • Pedestrians & Cyclists Traffic Control
  • Procedures and methods for Work Zone Traffic Control
  • Preparation before beginning work: planning, organization, and design of traffic control
  • Traffic Protection and Traffic Control Plans: How to develop and implement
  • Traffic hazards and protection measures
  • How to reduce risk and liability exposure
  • Step-by-step procedures for safe set-up and removal of traffic control
  • Traffic Control Devices: Application
  • Signs: Specifications, Installation, Maintenance, sign details
  • Channelizing Devices: Cones, barrels, etc
  • Temporary markings and delineation

6. Who are the Book 7 course instructors?

Rod Edwards worked for MTO in the traffic field for 31 years, and was Head of Traffic Signing for 9 years. He has participated in the development of both the Ontario and Canadian Manuals of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCDs). Since leaving MTO, he has worked as a traffic consultant, a sign installation contractor and as work zone safety contractor, with a wealth of field experience.

Milt Harmelink worked for MTO in a variety of engineering functions for 32 years, including periods as Manager, Traffic Management and Engineering Office (with responsibilities for traffic management, control, safety, and the Ontario MUTCD) and as Director of Transportation Technology and Energy, including development of advanced traffic management systems. He has participated in the development of the Ontario, Canadian, and US MUTCDs. Since leaving MTO, he has worked as a traffic consultant.

7. What is the cost to attend a Book 7 Training course?

Please see the events page for current course registration fees.

8. When and where is the next Book 7 Training session?

Please visit the OTC events page for details on the next Book 7 training session.

Please contact the OTC office at (647) 346-4050 or traffic@otc.org if your municipality or corporation is interested in hosting a day-long session.

9. How can I register for the next Book 7 Training course?

  1. Register online by visiting the Events page
  2. Email Marco D’Angelo, Executive Director for more information at marco@otc.org
  3. Contact the OTC for more details.
    Phone: (647) 346-4050  |  Fax: (647) 346-4060 | Email: traffic@otc.org

10.  Where can I buy a copy of Book 7?

The OTC does not sell copies of OTM Book 7.  To download a PDF of the complete manual, follow the steps below.  To purchase a copy of the field edition, visit Publications Ontario

1. Access the MTO Library On-line. Cut & paste the following into your browser.    http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/transrd/

2. Choose (double-click) the Library Catalogue.

3. Type in Ontario Traffic Manual in the Title box.

4. Choose (double-click) the January 2014 version of Book 7 – Office Edition ( Item # 5).

5. Choose (double-click) on the paperclip (attachment).

6. Download & save to your computer.