Streetworks Training Explained
Everyone knows that construction can be a dangerous game. Everyone knows that road safety is essential for both vehicle users and pedestrians! So what happens if you are working in construction on roads and streets? You get streetworks training
Designed to ensure that those taking the course can complete the job to an acceptable standard and that they are aware of the health and safety aspect of what they are doing, streetworks training
, is a popular and well known course.
There are two main options for those wishing to take a streetworks training
course. The first is the operatives and the second the supervisors.
The operatives courses are aimed at those who need to carry out the work on roads and streets within the UK. Operatives may be asked to work in teams completing tasks that include signing, lighting and guarding, excavations, backfills, reinstatements either hot or cold lay and of modular surface and pathways. Streetworks training
or New Roads and Street Works (NRSWA) courses as they are more often know cover these topics in a range of units. The units run from 001 - 009 and the 00 prefix denotes that they are operative level units. By combining certain sets of units operatives can qualify for a NRSWA qualification and so a NRSWA card.
The supervisor’s courses are designed for those who have experience as operatives, and have now moved to a team leader, supervisor or management role. The course aims are to ensure that candidates can supervise tasks while maintaining the health and safety of the operatives on their team and the other road users, including pedestrians. Like the operative’s course there are also 9 units of learning available to the supervisors. They are numbered with a single 0 and run from 010 to 016. The only exception to this is the 001 unit which makes the ninth unit in the supervisors set. This remains as 001 as it is open to both operatives and supervisors. This unit is location and avoidance of underground apparatus and is crucial to both operatives and supervisors. By combining the correct set of units supervisors can earn the following qualifications:
To earn the S1 (Monitor excavation in the road/highway) qualification, supervisors must pass units 001, 010 and 011. To earn the S2 qualification (Monitor excavation, backfilling and reinstatement - construction layers), supervisors must achieve units 001, 010, 011, 012, 013 and 014. To achieve the S3 qualifications (Monitor reinstatement – hot and cold lay bituminous materials) supervisors are requires to hold units 001, 010 and 014. For the S4 qualification, (Monitor reinstatement of concrete slabs) supervisors must have units 001, 010 and 015. The S5 qualification (Monitor reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways) units 001, 010 and 016 and the S6 qualification (Monitor signing, lighting and guarding) needs only 010.
One of the best things about gaining a NRSWA qualification is that operatives or supervisors no longer have to sit the whole course again, when their card has expired. Candidates can now sit re-qualification courses, which include short revision sessions and a test in exam conditions.