What Should be Covered at Building Site Supervisor Courses?

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SSSTS courses (Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme) are becoming increasingly popular as businesses become more aware of health and safety regulations, recognising that good health and safety practise not only benefits the employees, but the business itself. Production is increased as employees can work quickly in clean, safe surroundings, handling dangerous jobs properly, avoiding unnecessary injury and danger. There are a high percentage of building site related injuries and fatalities annually in the UK and many can be avoided by improving health and safety awareness throughout a building site.

Many different kinds of people take SSSTS courses, and although they are mostly used within the construction industry, they can also be useful for those running a temporary worksite like a large scale photo shoot or film production.

It can be difficult to choose the right course, particularly if you haven’t sourced a safety course before.

Here are the details of what should be covered on a building site supervisor course:

Who is it for?

The site supervisor course is for people who have or are about to have a supervisory role on a building site.

What is it for?

It provides education and skills relating to risk assessment, management, control, communication, monitoring, welfare and reporting relating to the health and safety on the site.

Those on the course will leave with an excellent understanding of what their responsibility involves; enabling them to successfully oversee health and safety on the construction site they are responsible for.

Can it be used in conjunction with any other courses?

If you’re doing a basic health and safety awareness course this could be followed by an SSSTS course. And this wishing to do an SMSTS course at some stage in their career will benefit from doing the SSSTS trainingcourse beforehand.

What is learnt on the course?

When you have completed the course you will be able to:

  • Have a full understanding of the health and safety problems within the construction industry. From the most common issues, to the less regular issues that still need to be considered.
  • Have a good understanding of health and safety law, gaining knowledge on general laws that affect your job role, as well as specific legislation relating to the construction industry.
  • Understand your job role in relation to other members of management.
  • Understand how to perform full risk assessments, and how to document and report those properly.
  • Learn how to provide employees with full health and safety trainingsite inductions.
  • Learn how to use both proactive and reactive monitoring and understand the need for both methods.

What are the main topics that should be covered?

The main topics covered will be; common construction accidents, health and safety laws, regulations, legislation and approved codes of practise.

There will also be in depth teaching of how to perform thorough risk assessments, looking at areas like; noise, fire, demolition, electricity, working at height and confined spaces.

Who should the course be accredited by?

There are lots of reputable governing bodies accrediting courses, the most common are CITB and IOSH.