Courses on offer from the Construction Training Industy Board
is run in a specific way. While the CITB devise the courses, they do not run them. Independent trainers get accredited to run the courses for them. The accreditation process ensures that the trainers meet the CITB strict standards for training, both for content and for how the course is delivered. No matter where you attend a CITB accredited course, you can be safe in the knowledge that you will be achieving a UK wide standard recognised on site.
Site safety plus scheme
One of the most current CITB training
schemes is the Site Safety Plus Scheme. It was introduced in to raise awareness of occupational health and safety, specifically in the field of construction. Including refreshers, there are currently nine Site Safety Plus CITB training
courses available in the UK, see below for a description of each and to check the suitability of each course to your own needs.
Matching courses and candidates
SMSTS or the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme is a five day course. It covers both health and safety theory and practice and outlines how to set up an effective health and safety system and key areas in health and safety on a construction site such as fire, manual handling, hazardous materials and excavation and demolition. A key benefit to this course is that is also addresses how to manage site workers in a safe way, providing training on how to deliver mission statements and tool box talks. SMSTS training is designed for site managers, that is those who have responsibility for the site over all, rather than just specific teams or projects.
SSSTS or Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme is a two day course, designed specifically for those with responsibility for a team of workers on site. It covers issues of health and safety practice, key areas of occupational safety concern on site and how to work effectively with site managers to promote safety on site.
PMSTS or Plant Managers Safety Training Scheme is a five day course dealing with the health and safety when working with heavy plant machinery. As most construction sites use such machinery, the idea is to have Plant Managers specifically trainer to be aware of the possible risk to health and safety of their crew and to the general public.
ABC or Achieving Behavioral Change course is a single day course and is designed to show how an improvement in attitude, communication and behavior can make a real difference to peoples’ safety on site. It is not aimed at a specific level of candidate like many of the other CITB courses and is open to all those, who believe they will gain value from it.
SSS or Site Sustainability Simplified is a 2 day CITB training
course that is designed to address environmental and social aspects of running a construction site. It is therefore suitable for those taking responsibility for the environmental aspects of the build or those liaising with the wider community.
SEATS or Site Environmental Awareness Training is a single day CITB training
course that addresses the environmental dimension of construction work. It covers how to minimise pollution and the legal responsibilities of construction teams. It is suitable for anyone involved in the environmental aspect of a construction project.