Which Site Safety Plus Course?
Firstly lets look at some of the less well known site safety plus
courses available such as the Plant Managers Safety Training Scheme (PMSTS). The PMSTS CITB course
runs over five day and specifically devised for construction managers working with heavy plant machinery. As any construction worker knows, there are very real and very specific risks associated with working with plant.
The PMSTS course addresses these issues from the viewpoint of a manager and highlights how to minimise risk, while maxmising progress. While plant training needs to be focused on the individual type of machinery for the operator, those managing the operators and their equipment can benefit from this more general course as there are many aspects of safety, which remain universal. As it is run less regularly than the SMSTS course
, if you are looking to complete a PMSTS, you best is to contact an online service provider, who can then locate the closest course to you.
Other newer site safety plus CITB courses
that have recently been introduced include the SEATS (Site Environmental Awareness Training). The introduction of this single day course, reflects the growing concern for the environmental impact that construction work can have on the surrounding area and the environment as a whole. The SEATS course
addresses how to use energy and resources properly, preventative measures for pollution, water management, waste management, being a good neighbor, making sense of the environmental management system, and underlying all this the importance of the environment and the effect of disruptions to this. In the process of slowly being rolled out across the UK, contact your online service provider for the nearest SEAT course location and availability.
Firstly, lets look at the SSSTS course
. At two days, it is one of the shorter site safety plus
offerings. It is aimed at those in construction who are in charge of a team rather than the site itself. Such persons are often known as team leaders, gang leaders, foreman or supervisors. The aim of the supervisor safety training
is to enable supervisors to effectively direct their teams, whilst minimising any risks to them, other site workers and members of the general public. To do this supervisors must understand the expectations of them, what safe practice is and how to carry this out. In addition once they have completed the course supervisors will be able to carry out risk assessments, be aware of the construction industry health and safety issues, understand health and safety law and their responsibilities, carry out inspections, understand why method statement are needed and understand and apply the concepts of proactive and reactive monitoring.
To achieve these aims most SSSTS courses
cover a range of elements including how to develop a health and safety management system, occupational health, fire prevention, CDM, working at height, COSHH, PPE, first aid and manual handling. The SSSTS courses
are assessed by a short multiple answer test at the end the two days. Trainers will also monitor the interaction of candidates during the two days, correcting any misconceptions as necessary.
Now on to the flagship course, the CITB SMSTS
! Running over five days, this course is designed for site managers. That is those individuals that have responsibility for running the entire site, which often includes keeping to the CDM. While it is a longer course that most of the other site safety plus
options, there is a reason for this. It is that the level of knowledge and understanding needed to be a site manager is more in-depth that that of others on site, because they have ultimate responsibility. In addition they need to be aware of the duties of many others in site so they can effectively coordinate multiple parties.
However, the CITB have recognised that five consecutive working days away from site, could prove a real problem for some managers. Depending on where you are in your project, this might be very difficult to negotiate? So the solution they have come up with is to offer the SMSTS course
in two ways. Firstly, if you have the time, you can do it as a five day block. This means you will get the qualification completed as quickly as possible. Secondly is time is tight; you can do the site management training
one day per week over five weeks. Allowing you to remain on site for the majority of the time and still get your qualification.