SSSTS qualifications encourage good health and safety practice
course is the most popular choice for supervisors for a range of reasons. Being CITB (Construction Skills Industry Board) accredited, the SSSTS
course is recognised as the accepted standard through the construction industry. This means no matter which location or training provider you pick, the course will always contain they key elements that the CITB insist on. Of course it is still worth shopping around for the best deal on price, and many delegates choose a course which is delivered in a style which suits the way they learn. Some training providers put a bigger emphasis on teaching the course in an interactive way. If you are unsure how to source the best location, price or course delivery method for you, use an online search facility.
Online search facilities enable the delegate to find the best location, price and course for them without the hassle of searching for it themselves. Remember that even if you are not too keen on using the internet – you can always pick up the phone and talk to a real person who can help you get your course booked with the minimum of fuss.
The Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme is the shortest of the CITB Site Safety Plus courses, lasting two days. Once delegates have passed the course, their certificate lasts for five years – although many providers suggest refreshing this every three years, to keep on top of the latest health and safety information in the industry. The newest development here it that the CITB are introducing a SSSTS
refresher. In the style of the SMSTS refresher, this shorter course will allow those with a valid card to skip redoing the full training.
Delegates can expect to complete a short multiple choice quiz at the end of the two days. Delegates must pass this to be awarded the SSSTS
There are two books available for the SSSTS
course and most providers include these within the overall price. They are known as Tool Box Talks (GT 700) and "Site Safety Simplified (GE 706/11), these are often kept by delegates for use back on site, after the course is finished.
The SSSTS course is designed to promote good health and safety practice on site as it covers two main key areas.
Firstly it covers all the health and safety legislation that supervisors need to complete their role in a competent way. This includes acts, laws, code of practice and HSE policy. The course also covers how health and safety management systems work and how to monitor them effectively. In addition, the course contains information on specific health and safety issues, relevant to the supervisors role including asbestos, fire risk and prevention, working at heights, COSHH and drugs and alcohol.
Secondly the SSSTS course equips supervisors with the skills they need to convey suitable health and safety knowledge to their team. The SSSTS course covers the skills of how to supervise and deal with difficult people and deliver toolbox talks (How to instruct team members on safe working practices.) The course also advises supervisors on how to complete a risk assessment and how to recognise and act on bad practice and the value of doing this early.