The SMSTS course is intended for project and site managers, agents and proprietors of small to medium sized businesses. The course would also be beneficial for those responsible for planning, arranging, controlling and monitoring a construction workforce. Possession of this qualification is highlighted in the Approved Code of Practice for the CDM Regulations as a demonstration of competence in the role of site manager.
The course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the responsibilities and accountabilities for site management, including site safety and health and welfare in respect of current health and safety legislation, as well as how to recognise the inherent economic and productivity benefits of managing and operating a safe site.
Delegates will be able to implement health and safety, welfare and environmental policies in line with legislation; state their responsibilities and duties in regard to health and safety, welfare and the environment, and implement industry best practice.
The course fee includes the Construction Skills publication Construction Site Safety – Health, Safety and Environmental Information Manual (GE700).
Outcomes: CSkills Site Safety Plus Certificate (must be renewed every 5 years – see SMSTS Refresher).
Assessment: The delegates are assessed on a continual basis, leading to a final exam.
- The Health and Safety at Work Act.
- CDM Regulations 2007.
- Duties, responsibilities, enforcement and sanctions.
- Cost of accidents, their causes, investigation and reporting.
- Prevention of accidents.
- Risk Assessments and Method Statements.
- Site set–up, including safety management systems, policies, plans, performance and measures.
- Permit systems and safe systems of work.
- Management of contractors.
- Effective communication and behavioural science.
- Understanding human error.
- Encouraging safe site working practices and behaviours.
- Specific site issues (e.g. working at height, demolition, excavation, scaffolding, electricity, confined spaces).
- Recent changes in accepted working practices.
- Behaviour based safety.
- Environmental management.
- Dangerous substances.