SSSTS courses ensure site staff are up to scratch and risks are strictly controlled
Risk control has become a common feature of many professions. None more so than the construction industry, where being aware of risk can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Ensuing that your staff have up to date training can make a difference to efficiency and the safety of how the company is run. Many construction companies employ supervisor to lead teams of workers on specific tasks. Ensuing they are aware of their responsibilities for health and safety can help to minimise the risk to them, their teams, other site workers and the general public.
The qualification that many companies and individuals opt for is one of the many SSSTS courses
that are held frequently across the country.
These SSSTS courses
run over two days and are assessed via a short multiple choice test. Those passing this received the SSSTS certificate, which lasts for five years. Until very recently, after the five year validity has run out, delegates would have to repeat the full two day course over again. However, the newest initiative of the CITB is that they will shortly be launching a SSSTS refresher course. It is still at drawing board stage at the moment, but is expected to be offered by training providers by the end of the year.
The SSSTS courses
cover many area’s of study health and safety awareness and how to be a good supervisor.
In relation to health and safety awareness SSSTS courses
include topics such as legislation, (including The Health and Safety Act of 1974), regulations supervisors need to be aware of, working whilst minimising risks in situations including dangerous substances (COSHH), electricity, confined spaces and working at Heights. These SSSTS courses
also cover awareness of physical and psychological health of those in the supervisors’ team and how to work effectively with subcontractors, which is a common situation on construction sites. Supervisors also receive guidance on how to deliver tool box talks. These consist of briefing their teams on news equipment, procedures or tasks to ensure that the job is carried out safely and efficiently.
The aim for supervisors taking this course is to develop an understanding of health and safety law and how it applies to the role that they are carrying out. In addition in provides an insight into the health and safety responsibilities of their superiors and those working in their teams, meaning they gain an overview of how all levels of worker have to collaborate to maintain standards. A
A large part of the supervisor job is to be able to carry out risk assessments competently and the topics covered above provide a real insight into how to do this and what to be aware of. The SSSTS course also frames this learning in terms of proactive and reactive safety. That is how to react to a situation and how to avoid it in the first place.
The two day SSSTS course is an excellent choice for those supervisors that need to be up to scratch with health and safety. Courses run across the UK, throughout the year. Most courses are scheduled across two consecutive week days, but by using an online search facility, you can find weekend or non-consecutive courses.
Such a short, inexpensive course can mean so much to those whose safety it helps to protect.