SSSTS - Getting qualified as a site supervisor gives your CV an edge.
This is not such a complicated problem as it first appears. The initial job is to do a very quick assessment of the type of industry you are in. If you are working in construction then one of the CITB’s site safety plus courses such as the site supervisors safety training scheme
or the SMSTS course is a good option. This is because IOSH managing safely has a more general focus which can be applied to all industries and these course are not specifically tailored to the needs of someone working in construction. (However, if your post requires you to become a member of IOSH and have the support of this professional body there are now specific IOSH courses designed for those within the construction industry.)
Next the choice of level of course you will do needs to be made. The SMSTS is aimed at managers in construction and this is reflected in its 5 day duration. This course is longer than the site supervisors safety training scheme
, because it goes into more detail on the managerial side of things.
If you are not yet at the managerial level, the site supervisors safety training scheme
is the most sensible option. Running over two days it is shorter than the SMSTS, but still endorsed by the CITB. It is also therefore cheaper and requires less time away from site.
The site supervisors safety training scheme
is often known as the triple S, TS or SSSTS and is one of the most popular courses on the CITB site safety plus scheme. Its popularity is, in part due to the use of the course by the United Kingdom Constructors Groups (UKCG) as their standard training for supervisors and managers on their sites. The UKCG includes some of the largest contractors in the UK, and anyone working on or planning to work on a UKCG site as a supervisor, will need to complete the site supervisors safety training scheme
The goal of the two day SSSTS course is to introduce supervisors to health and safety legislation, and to ensure that they know what responsibilities they have under the Health and Safety Act of 1974. It is also to ensure that supervisors can competently complete assessments of risk and present safety talks to their team in and effective way. These presentations are often called ‘Tool Box Talks’ and cover how to complete new tasks, use dangerous substances or new pieces of machinery safely.
Areas of study on the SSSTS course include PPE, COSHH, working at heights, method statements, confined spaces and working with electricity.
The usual practice for renewing SSSTS certificates, which last five years, has been to complete the full course again. However the CITB have now given permission for a SSSTS refresher course to be delivered. Only those who have held a full certificate can attend this course, which is likely to be a shorter and cheaper option that the full course. Expect to see SSSTS refreshers being offered by training providers nationwide, in the new year.