SSSTS - The Triple S Qualification for Site Supervisors
course is one of a range of Site Safety Plus courses that are recommended by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The key benefit in holding an SSSTS
qualification is that it allows supervisors to work on any of the United Kingdom Construction Guild’s (UKCG) sites. This is because it meets the UKCG’s minimum standards introduced in 2010, which recommend that all those in supervisory positions meet the following two requirements:
Firstly, that they attend a formal training course of a minimum of two days which covers health and safety in a construction environment. The course must address the following issues: the supervisory role, legal requirements, risk assessment, management of health and safety, occupational health, COSHH, Fire safety, PPE, CDM, working at heights as well as manual handing and data protection.
In addition the training course needs to cover how to work with and supervise people. Supervisors need to be familiar with presenting information effectively, dealing with the behavior of others, effective leadership and how to act if those that are working with them are not adhering to health and safety procedures.
Achievement of both these requirements must be proved by the candidate passing a test showing that they have been successful in the course and they must keep a certificate to prove this. Luckily the SSSTS
meets both these standards in one short and convenient course.
course runs over two consecutive days and is valid for a five year duration. However unlike the SMSTS there is no refresher course for the SSSTS. This means that once the five years have elapsed the course will need to be taken again. This is well worth doing as not only will it keep your qualification up to date for your CV, it will also make sure you have the most current health and safety legislation knowledge which will help protect you own and your teams safety.
A common point of confusion here is whether site managers are eligible to complete the SSSTS
course. The SSSTS is specially aimed at foreman, supervisors, gangers and team leaders, if you are managing a whole site and are taking responsibility for the CDM regulations the SMSTS course is a better choice.
The SSSTS is run by a large selection of trainers across the country, which means that most candidates do not have to travel too far to complete the course. In addition to this as the course is only two days, even those working on the busiest sites, with the most demanding of schedules can fit it in.
There are no prerequisites to the SSSTS course, although it is expected that you are either currently a supervisor or aiming to be one. Courses are assessed by a multiple choice test at the end of the course. Candidates are also asked to devise a “tool box talk” - which is a presentation for the instruction of workers on site.
As there are so many locations in which the SSSTS is offered, shopping round for the best location and price is best done through an online search facility. This means they do all the hard work for you, providing you with a summary of the best cost, venue or dates whilst saving you time.