Choosing a Site Safety Plus Course - Tips and Hints
Picking the right course
The first task when booking a Site Safety Plus
course is to make sure you pick the one that is best for you and your career progression. There are five main types to pick from.
Firstly lets look at the SMSTS course or Site Managers Safety Training Scheme. This course is designed for those in positions of responsibility that deal with running an entire site. Secondly, the SSSTS or Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme is aimed at persons who are in charge of specific team of workers, working under a site manager. The course is shorter than the SMSTS, at only two days in length, but is assessed in a similar fashion, by a multiple choice test at then end. Then there is the PMSTS or Plant Managers Safety Training scheme course. Like the other managers course (SMSTS), it is five days in length. This longer duration allows the trainer to go into more details about the legal, moral and practical requirements of the managers’ role. In addition the PMSTS is specifically tailored to working with heavy plant machinery and the risks associated with this.
The next Site Safety Plus
course is the SSS or Site Sustainability Simplified concerned with the impact of construction on social and environmental dimension of the community. At two days in length it provides and excellent introduction to considering the effect that construction can have on the environment and how to minimise any unwanted effects such as pollution.
In addition there is the ABC or Achieving behavioral change is a basic one day course designed to raise the profile of health and safety with all those working on site. Not directed towards a specific level, the ABC is a good option for a general introduction to construction health and safety.
Day release or block
Some Site Safety Plus
courses such as the SMSTS and the PMSTS are offered as both block and day release options. A block course is when the trainer runs the full five days in one single working week. These block course are an excellent choice for candidates that are time pressured and are waiting on the completion of these qualifications to move on to the next stage of their project. Day release courses are when the trainer offers the course on one day a week, over a five day period. This type of course is the best choice for candidates whom need to complete their Site Safety Plus
qualification, but cannot be spared rom site on a day to day basis for a full week.
Getting an accredited trainer
Another great tip is to ensure that the trainer you choose is CITB accredited to deliver Site Safety Plus
courses. As the CITB wrote the courses, but do not deliver them themselves, it is important to make sure that the training provider that you go with has been through their strict accreditation process and that the course information you received is standardized to their requirements. This in turn give you the peace of mind that you qualification will be recognised by construction companies throughout the UK.