Divisions & Committees
ARTBA’s Safety Program is vibrant, growing and designed to expand the market for member companies involved in making America’s transportation network safer through state-of-the-art products, services and programs. ARTBA serves our membership through three coordinated groups, enabling them to network with virtually every segment of the transportation construction industry.
This ARTBA Traffic Safety Industry Division (TSID) is designed for any company in the traffic safety industry that wants to influence policy in transportation infrastructure and create a stronger market for their products. Membership in ARTBA provides access to the preeminent transportation advocacy organization in Washington. Unlike other groups, ARTBA members are able to network both within the transportation safety industry and in the broader transportation market, including with members of the association’s Contractors, Public-Private Partnerships and Planning & Design Divisions.
Since 1979, the TSID has promoted the economic importance of infrastructure-related transportation safety products and programs as a separate division within ARTBA. TSID members are comprised primarily of manufacturers of roadway safety hardware, including barricades and barriers, signage, pavement markings, crash cushions and other temporary traffic control devices. TSID’s primary goals are to:
- Advocate the interests of the safety sector within the transportation construction industry and assure the availability of public resources to meet transportation safety needs;
- Monitor regulatory activity at all levels of government that may impact transportation safety; and
- Promote awareness of traffic safety as a national issue and encourage the development and use of “hard” safety solutions, which protect the health and welfare of the public.
The Transportation Safety Advisory Council (TSAC) is a cross-divisional council, open to members of each and every ARTBA division. It carries the responsibility for developing safety policies across all modes of transportation, which in turn, guide ARTBA legislative and regulatory activities. Because TSAC represents all divisions, it becomes a microcosm for national legislative and regulatory activities as each industry sector “battles” and compromises to develop ARTBA safety policy. Given the diversity reflected in this council, TSAC’s policies are well vetted, ensuring a powerful voice on Capitol Hill that is recognized as reflecting the desires of the entire transportation construction industry.
The Safety & Insurance Committee is best viewed as a subset of ARTBA’s Contractors Division as its members—primarily comprised of contractor safety professionals, insurance industry representatives and other senior company managers—formulate occupational safety policies and programs. In contrast to TSID which focuses on roadway safety products, this committee’s mission is to protect the life and health of each construction worker. The committee works closely with TSAC to create worker safety policies for the association. Through subgroups, the committee develops regulatory comments, policies and training programs to meet identified safety needs.
Members of the Safety and Insurance Committee also participate in the judging of the ARTBA “Contractors Safety Awards,” which recognizing leading construction companies of all sizes for their effort to protect the health and safety of their workers.