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Workers Guide to Hand Signals for Directing Vehicles

April 25, 2014

The purpose of this guide is to outline and encourage a standard set of directional signals for guiding vehicles at worksites. Standard directional signals across the industry improve communication between drivers and guides and reduce the risk of vehicle related incidents. The goal is to prevent accidents and injuries that could occur due to blind spots and undetected movement of personnel and equipment. Employers are encouraged to use this document to implement a standard set of directional signals and rules of conduct.

Developer: Enform

Sponsor Organization: CAODC

Current Status: Version 2 is approved as of April 2014

Other Information: Formerly published as IRP12 Hand Signals for Directing Vehicles

Reason for Change from an Industry Recommended Practice to a Workers Guide:

In 2011, the Drilling and Completions Committee (DACC) asked Enform to withdraw all non-technical Industry Recommended Practices, and re-publish these as Enform “Guideline” documents, as required.

In 2011, Enform began the process to withdraw IRP12 Hand Signals for Directing Vehicles from publication.  The withdrawal process required Enform to survey the industry and solicit feedback on the document.  The feedback from Industry directed Enform to revise and retain the document.

Enform has subsequently revised the IRP to produce the Worker’s Guide to Hand Signals for Directing Vehicles.

The Workers Guide to Hand Signals for Directing Vehicles retains most of the previous content, with some minor amendments for readability and clarity.  Areas of potential confusion have been clarified, and graphical clarity reviewed.

Enform has also reviewed the poster and wallet cards for graphical clarity.


If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on this document, contact safety@enform.ca

Other Reference Information

Enform has the following resources available for free download:



3x4 Two Sided Card


Wallet Card

Front and Back



Enform has also produced a 7 minute video that reviews key hand signals and other information pertaining to directing vehicles on a worksite.

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