Full health and safety and code of practice training for construction staff
For certain people working in construction looking to advance their careers, site management and safety training is vital.
If a construction job role involves organising and working with teams of people on building projects in an industry compliant way such as in a site or construction manager role, then comprehensive training in aspects such as health and safety will be necessary in the light of increasingly rigorous legislation in these and related areas.
The SMSTS (Site Management Safety Training Scheme)
This is comprehensive industry recognised training usually delivered by way of the SMSTS training course accredited by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).
The course typically runs for five full working days (37.5 hours in total) and is delivered by specialist training companies. A comprehensive ‘menu’ containing aspects of construction management and safety topics are covered with exams and assessments integral to the proceedings.
At the end a multi choice exam is set and has to be passed for each delegate to receive the appropriate course pass certificate.
Who would take the SMSTS training?
In a nutshell, anyone responsible for other workers and who is required to organise, plan and monitor their work in a safe and industry compliant manner. A typical case is a site manager who has to deal with the day to day safe and efficient running of a construction site whilst observing good safety practices such as working at height, in confined spaces, and perhaps the handling of dangerous materials.
So along with site managers and quantity surveyors, project managers and directors along with site agents could benefit from SMSTS training.
What do delegates gain from the training?
People attending SMSTS training would end the course with a full understanding of the latest health and safety regulations and how to ensure they are enforced and adhered to on a construction site.
They’ll be given an understanding of the importance of undertaking full risk assessments and how to identify and control hazards that can often present themselves in construction environments.
The bedrock of the course is gaining a full knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act; the following is a selection of what aspects are covered in the training:
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
- Control of Asbestos Regulations
- Working in confined spaces
- Working at Height Regulations
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
- Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
How delegates are assessed
Along with the multi choice examination, exercises including risk assessments and site briefings are undertaken by the delegates and case studies are examined. These have to be completed to certain standards determined by the course leader.
Delegates are awarded the CITB Site Safety Plus Certificate on successful completion of the training course including passing the multi choice exam. Delegates have to attend the course in full; if they miss or can’t attend a particular day they have to retake the whole course.
The qualification is valid for a maximum of five years from completion although it’s recommended a refresher is taken before this time – three years is ideal. Legislation regarding safety and best working practices changes frequently in construction and related industries, so regular training helps keep knowledge up to date.
Grants may be available; it’s worth checking the CITB ‘grants’ website page to see if you qualify.