Site Safety Plus courses, what options are available?
The SMSTS Option
One type of site safety training
available is the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme or SMSTS for short. It is a five day course which covers all the necessary elements of being in charge of a site. The SMSTS course covers topics including working with scaffolding, confined spaces, electricity and excavations. Relevant legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act, CDM 2007 and the Control of Asbestos Regulations are also covered, with a view to the responsibilities of a site manager. The SMSTS course is assessed via a multiple choice exam paper, with 25 questions.
The SSSTS Option
The second type of CITB site safety training
available is the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme or SSSTS. The SSSTS is a two day course, designed to equip site supervisors with the necessary skills and knowledge to be effective. The SSSTS course covers aspects of the supervisors’ role such as presentation skills and how to report dangerous occurrences and injuries, as well as current UK legislation. This is particularly important as it helps supervisors to be aware of their legal and moral responsibilities on site. Like the SMSTS course, the SSSTS is also assessed in exam conditions, by a 25 question, multiple choice test.
The Refresher Option
The third type of CITB site safety training
available Is know as a refresher course. Refreshers are available for both the SMSTS and SSSTS courses. Refresher courses can save you time and money, cutting a full SMSTS course down to two days and a full SSSTS course down to one. However, you must remember that refreshers have to be done at the end of the CITB five year validity period or within the next six months after this, which is seen by the CITB as a grace period. If you exceed this time frame you must complete the relevant full course again.
In addition to the SMSTS, SSSTS and refreshers courses on offer, the CITB also offer a number of other site safety training
options. The first of these is the Achieving Behavioural Change or the ABC course. This is a one day course, suitable for anyone who works on a construction site. The aim of the course is to educate the delegate on good health and safety practice and to motivate them by promoting the benefits of this.
The second of these site safety training
.options is the Health & Safety Awareness course. Another single day course, it covers the individual’s responsibilities when working on site. Topics include : working at height, electrical safety, transport safety, noise and vibration, fire prevention and control, manual handling and PPE.
Lastly, the Plant Manager Safety Training Scheme or PMSTS course. This course is, like the SMSTS course five days in duration. It covers the responsibilities of those working with plant on site including areas such as: site set up, risk assessment for plant, legislation relating to the plant industry, changes in working practices and onsite risks such as electricity, risk assessment, confined space, excavation and demolition.