Site Safety Training: Which site management training or site supervision course?
Site management training and safe site supervision is critical to site safety. Accredited site safety training courses exist within the construction industry and engineering construction.The two principle organisations that administer these site safety training schemes are the CITB and ECITB. CITB Training Courses:
For construction safety management, the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) administer courses within the sector.
Training grants for course are available to CITB levy payers.
The Construction Skills Site Safety Plus scheme is a health and safety training programme designed to provide the building, civil engineering and allied industries with a range of courses for individuals seeking to develop their skill sets. The scheme is run through a network of CITB accredited Training Providers.
For Site Management Training the SMSTS
(Site Management Safety Training Scheme) is specifically aimed at site managers. This is a five day course
There is also a 2 day SMSTS Refresher
Course for those who have previously passed the full 5 day Site Management Safety Training Scheme course. The Refresher course is to bring their health and safety knowledge up to date, and includes an overview of legislative changes and their impact in the workplace.
For Site Supervisors there is the SSSTS
(Site Supervisor’s Safety Training Scheme) course, which is a 2 day course. This Site supervision course is designed for first line managers, foremen, gangers, team leaders and supervisors with supervisory responsibilities and a need to understand their legal duties to better contribute to the instruction, supervision and monitoring of safety on site.
There is also the PMSTS
(Plant Managers Safety Training Scheme), which is a five day course. This course is designed to assist plant managers, instructors, agents and supervisors to manage health and safety on site in accordance with legal requirements.
There are three other key CITB courses. The first is the CITB Health & Safety Awareness course, which is a one day foundation course aimed at newcomers to the construction industry. There is also the one day Achieving Behavioural Change (ABC) course. This course is designed to provide delegates with an understanding of how attitude and behaviour affects safety and is for attendance by staff of all levels including Managers, Supervisors and Operatives. Finally there is the Site Safety for Shop fitters and Interior Contractors course, which is a 3 day course for site managers, supervisors and foremen working within shop fitting and interior contracting. ECITB Training Courses:
The ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) administer the CCNSG (Client/Contractor National Safety Group) Safety Passport scheme through a network of approved training providers. This Passport to Safety is the agreed safety qualification needed for access to process plant sites in the UK.
Training grants for courses are also available to ECITB levy payers.
The CCNSG Safety Passport Scheme is a Site safety training scheme, which ensures that site personnel and individuals going to site have a basic knowledge of health and safety, after appropriate site induction. This enables them to work safely and to lower risk to themselves and others.
There are three CCNSG Safety Passport courses:
The National CCNSG Safety Passport
course is a 2 day training course, and on successful completion individuals who pass are awarded a Safety Passport which is valid for 3 years.
After 3 years there is a 1 day CCNSG Renewal
For supervisors there is an additional day, which aims to outline the key role that supervisors have in securing health and safety in the workplace. The one day CCNSG Supervising Safety
course is open to individuals holding a valid Safety Passport.