Site Safety Plus - Essential CITB courses
The construction training industry board’s (CITB) Site Safety Plus
scheme was put in place to ensure that all workers in the construction industry, across all levels have suitable health and safety training. There are a range of courses available from Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS), Site Managers Safety Scheme (SMSTS), Site Managers Safety Scheme Refresher, Achieving Behavioral Change (ABC) and the Plant Managers Safety Training Scheme (PMSTS).
Each course is tailored to match the needs of different groups within the construction industry. The Site Safety Plus
courses that are aimed at delegates in a supervisory or managerial role also cover management skill and strategies as well as health and safety information.
If you are considering CITB Site Safety Plus
training, knowing which course to pick can be tricky. The most popular and well known of all the Site Safety Plus
courses are the SSSTS and SMSTS. If it is unclear which suits your needs, read on.
The SSSTS course is run over a two day duration. It covers UK legislation such as The Healthy and Safety at work Act 1974, and how this applies to the responsibilities of construction supervisors. The course is aimed at those in charge of teams of workers such as gang leaders. The most exciting innovation here is that up until now there has been no refresher course available, meaning that delegates had to repeat the full two days training when there five year validity period was up. However, the CITB are introducing a new one day refresher course for the SSSTS, which training providers will begin to deliver in the near future.
The SMSTS and SMSTS refresher courses are five and two days respectively. The SMSTS course covers all the health and safely responsibilities that site managers have to take into consideration. It also covers how to manage effectively. The SMSTS qualification lasts for five years and once this time has elapsed the delegate may complete the two day SMSTS refresher course. This is designed to ensure that managers keep their knowledge and skills up to date and that changes in UK legislation can be addressed. Delegates have a six month grace period to complete the refresher, and if they have not achieved the refresher qualification in this time, they must complete the full course again.
If these Site Safety Plus
courses are not suitable for the delegates you are aiming to train, then there is also the ABC course which consist of one days training, focusing on how a change in behavior can improve health and safety outcomes. There is also the PMSTS course designed around managers that have responsibility for the safe use and maintenance of plant machinery.
The CITB recommends that prospective delegates of these course compare the prices offered by different training providers, as these can vary depending on the company offering, location and dates. A time efficient way of comparing all three of these factors to find the best deal, is to use an online search facility. Some online search facilities also offer assistance via telephone. So, if you would rather talk to a person in the UK than use the internet you have that option as well.