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IMPORTANT NOTICE: It is Possible to Attend this in ‘Virtual Trainer’ Format During COVID-19 Lockdown

Scheme Rules have been implemented by the CITB as a result of extraordinary circumstances impacting the regular provision of training to the construction industry. This measure is designed to maintain a level of training in the industry for existing Site Supervisors, ensuring a continued understanding of legislative changes and their impact on the workplace. During the COVID-19 lockdown SSSTS (Virtual Trainer) course can be attended at home.

 

SSSTS – Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme

The CITB SSSTS course is required for supervisors who work on group sites with contractors and it stands for ‘Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme’. The field of construction has its dangers and thousands of deaths and accidents occur within workplaces around the country every year. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to create a safe environment within the workplace.

sssts courseThe course is designed for anyone who works within a role of supervisor in the construction industry, or is considering aspiring to such a role in the future. SSSTS training focuses on Risk Assessments and their importance. It will instruct on how to put measures of control into effect as well as how to communicate effectively with the workforce in a positive way so that all employees will follow safe procedures. Also, it will give supervisors the skills to make sure that health and safety guidelines are being followed.

Course Content
  • Legal requirements regarding health and safety
  • Regulations and health and safety acts
  • Guidance notes and approved codes of practice
  • The types of accidents that occur within the construction industry, what causes them and how they can be prevented
  • How to conduct a risk assessment

Course Duration

  • Two Days

Training Assessment

The final examination for this SSSTS course will consist of a multiple choice exam of 30 questions. If you are successful in passing this exam, you will be awarded with a CITB Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme Certificate.

The qualification will remain valid for five years. After this point, it can be re-qualified by attending one day SSSTS Refresher course.

CITB Certification

Upon successful completion of this course, you will achieve a “Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme” certificate, which will be accredited by CITB. This qualification has gained approval by the MCB and is a highly renowned qualification within the field of construction.

Responsibilities of a Construction Site Supervisor

When it comes to site supervisor safety, you have a number of responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your employees. This includes providing safe equipment and gear for your employees to use while on the job, as well as establishing safe working practices for handling, storing, transporting and using any hazardous substances.

It is also your responsibility to ensure that the workplace is clean and well maintained, so that passageways and stairs are never obstructed. You will also need to ensure that your employees have adequate welfare and toilet facilities.

As a supervisor, you also have the responsibility to monitor the workplace to ensure that health and safety procedures are being carried out correctly – enforcing these standards when they are not being met. You might also need to make sure that all employees understand the health and safety policies, including making arrangements for employees that might not speak English very well or cannot read.

The full responsibilities involved in site supervisor safety will be outlined in your CITB SSSTS course.

Learn Risk Assessment During the SSSTS Course

A risk assessment is one of the most important aspects of health and safety in the workplace. A risk assessment involves taking a thorough look at the workplace and work practices in order to establish the potential hazards that workers might be subjected to.

The first step to a risk assessment is to identify the hazards and to decide who might be harmed by them and in what way. The next step will be to evaluate the potential risks and decide the best procedures and practices for preventing them. It is also important to record the findings of this assessment and implement them.

Of course, the risk assessment isn’t just a one-time thing that can be done and then forgotten about.  The health and safety procedures that have been established need to be followed and they should be reviewed frequently and updated if necessary.

Why Accidents Need Recording

If there is an accident in our workplace, it is crucial that you report exactly what happened in an official and approved way. This is true even if the accident was a “near miss” and no one was hurt.

Why is this so important? One of the reasons is because this information could help to improve the safety of the workplace so that the accident doesn’t happen again. Also, if injuries are not apparent in the moment but they develop later, having a record of the incident is crucial from a legal perspective. It is also required by law to follow the correct health and safety procedure of reporting accidents.

Benefits of CITB SSSTS Training

This is a highly regarded construction site safety qualification. This SSSTS training will enable supervisors to create a healthy and safe working environment within the construction site. Prior health and safety awareness training is also available in the form of the 1-Day CITB Health and Safety Awareness course. There are a number of benefits to site supervisor safety training, such as:

  • It will reduce the number of accidents in the workplace, therefore cutting down on sick time, delays and costly and time consuming legal procedures.
  • It is a moral responsibility, to protect the health and welfare of your valuable employees.
  • It will ensure that you are complying with the legal regulations for the industry, to avoid heavy fines and suspensions.
  • Workplace accidents have a negative effect on your company’s reputation, which will make other contractors and clients hesitant to work with you and also make it difficult to recruit staff.
  • Accidents often damage materials and equipment, which can be costly and time consuming to repair.
Frequently Asked Questions

The next step in training is to consider the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), which is designed for managers and supervisors who are looking to move up to a site manager role. To find out more information about these courses, contact us today on 0844 5766750.

Course Overview

Emergency 2-Day Virtual SSSTS Training Provision

These Scheme Rules may be implemented by CITB as a result of extraordinary circumstances impacting the regular provision of training to the Construction industry. This measure is designed to maintain a level of training in the industry for existing Site Supervisors, ensuring a continued understanding of legislative changes and their impact on the workplace.

Using Video Technology

It is permitted to deliver the SSSTS courses remotely via video technology solution. The training will follow the same curriculum as the classroom course and deliver the same standard of training meeting all Scheme Rules. Minimum delegate numbers for the refresher course will be reduced to two for the period the emergency training provision is in place. To manage remote training effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed will be reduced to ten.

 

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE!

Each virtual SSSTS course listed on our website includes a location including town/city, county and postcode, however it is important to note that all virtual courses can be attended from anywhere and therefore please ignore the location information. Location data is currently a system requirement to publish virtual courses on our website. If these courses continue beyond the current COVID-19 lockdown our systems will be developed further.

Course Content

Aims and Objectives

The Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme will focus on the importance of risk assessments in construction sectors. There is also focus on how to implement control measures on site and how to use communication to ensure the site remains safe for everyone. The supervisor course content works on monitoring the control measures and work making sure that the work is carried out correctly and follows the advice and guides set out in the risk assessments.

The topics which are covered include:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act, Regulations and the Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes
  • The H&S Legal System
  • Causes, types and the numbers of construction accidents
  • Risk Assessments in all manner of construction circumstances such as:, working at height, demolition, occupational health, fire, electricity, confined spaces and the control of contractors

The objectives will be to provide you with the skills required to identify problem areas found within construction industries. The training will help you to understand and appreciate proactive and reactive monitoring. It will teach you how to conduct a risk assessment and recognise the importance of method statements. How to have an understanding of the way the health and safety laws are structured. Finally, you will learn the skills needed to perform on site inductions, method statement briefs and conduct toolbox talks.

Course Duration and Attendance

The Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme is a two day course. However, due to the delivery by remote / virtual learning the course may be split and completed over more than two days plus examination time. Delegates are required to attend and complete the full course duration to be eligible for certification. Attendees will need to show understanding of the main elements and pass the core exercises. Passing the exam will qualify the individual for the CITB certificate in construction site supervising which is then valid for five years.

Course Publications and Materials

Construction site supervision (GE706) is the supporting publication for the course and is mandatory. In the event of remote training taking place, or materials being unavailable for a course running at late notice, a download version of the publication can be used by the delegate as course material. Downloadable versions of GE706 can be purchased online; click here.

Each delegate must be provided with their own copy of the current version of the mandatory course material at the start of their course, which should be retained by the delegate upon completion of the course. While download purchases should be completed and received shortly after purchase, in some circumstances they make take up to 48 hours.

Please note, all publications, whether a hard copy or download, are for single use. Any dissemination or copying of information is strictly prohibited. Please refer to the ‘End User Licence Agreement’ as part of the download purchase process.

Examination Rules

For a delegate to obtain certification for the course they must pass the relevant examination. During the period the emergency training provision is in effect, an alternative exam method will be in place for any courses that are run remotely. Due to the nature of the examination questions and the open book element, it is compulsory to use an online examination tool. Classmarker or Microsoft Forms are the recommended solutions for online assessment. Classmarker and Microsoft Forms are approved for use by CITB, any other online examination solution must be referred to CITB for approval prior to use, or examinations will be invalid.

Identification will be checked prior to the examination commencing. During the examination, the trainer will invigilate a maximum of 5 delegates. Each delegate must show the invigilator that they are alone in the room and must be visible via the video at all times. The delegate must not use any reference material until the last 10 minutes of the exam, which is the open book session.

Course Overview

IMPORTANT NOTICE: It’s Possible to Attend this in ‘Virtual Trainer’ Format During COVID-19 Lockdown

Scheme Rules have been implemented by the CITB as a result of extraordinary circumstances impacting the regular provision of training to the construction industry. This measure is designed to maintain a level of training in the industry for existing Site Supervisors, ensuring a continued understanding of legislative changes and their impact on the workplace. During the COVID-19 lockdown SSSTS Refresher (Virtual Trainer) course can be attended at home.

SSSTS Refresher Course

This CITB SSSTS Refresher course is intended to update all past participants in the course on all of the latest laws, regulations and methods regarding safety and health, so that they can maintain their qualifications. During this course, participants will learn all about the recent changes to health and safety and the impact that these changes have had on-site. After taking this qualification, supervisors will be able to know that their working methods still remain within the law.

The SSSTS Refresher training is designed for anyone in a supervisory role who already holds a 2-day CITB Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme qualification. This training must be taken every five years, in order to keep health and safety training valid and updated.

This course is accredited by CITB Construction Skills and it is a well-respected qualification in the field of health and safety. This qualification is MCB approved.

Individuals wishing to attend this SSSTS Refresher must provide a copy of their original 2 day course certificate. Details of the course venue and the date of the course should also be provided if you know this information. Only those individuals who have passed the two day course and provided evidence of this will be eligible to attend the refresher course.

Course Content

This SSSTS Refresher course will cover a number of important aspects, including:

  • Implementing the current health and safety legislations as a supervisor
  • What the responsibility of a supervisor is regarding health and safety
  • How to take care of daily work duties while creating a safe and healthy working environment

Course Duration

This SSSTS Refresher course only takes one day. It is held at numerous convenient locations throughout the country at regular times during the year.

Training Assessment

Completing the training course will revalidate your CITB SSSTS certificate for five more years. If you wait until this qualification has expired, you will need to take the full two day course again to achieve the qualification.

Benefits of the SSSTS Refresher Training

Employers will benefit from sending their supervisors on this training, as it will show that they are complying with health and safety regulations under law. This 1-day SSSTS refresher course will prevent qualifications from expiring and becoming invalid.

Important Information

Delegates attending a refresher course, must bring with them their current valid CITB certificate. Failure to do so may result in them not being allowed to complete the refresher course. Delegates may also be asked to provide a copy at the time of booking.

CITB Site Safety Plus Publication / Workbooks

All CITB Site Safety Plus courses advertised on our website include access to Construction Site Skills publications. Dependent on the accredited CITB training provider, delegates are given the option of taking away training materials in the following formats

  • hard copy workbooks
  • CD
  • access to a materials online
Confirmation will be provided via the joining instructions issued following receipt of full payment. Please check at the time of booking as to whether or not current hard copy publications are included in the cost.
Frequently Asked Questions

The next step in health and safety training is the five day Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course. This is designed for project managers, site managers and anyone who holds a position of responsibility and must take charge of health and safety on site.

Course Overview

Emergency Virtual SSSTS Refresher Training Provision

These Scheme Rules may be implemented by CITB as a result of extraordinary circumstances impacting the regular provision of training to the Construction industry. This measure is designed to maintain a level of training in the industry for existing Site Supervisors, ensuring a continued understanding of legislative changes and their impact on the workplace.

Using Video Technology

It is permitted to deliver the SSSTS Refresher training courses remotely via video technology solution. The training will follow the same curriculum as the classroom course and deliver the same standard of training meeting all Scheme Rules. Minimum delegate numbers for the course will be reduced to two for the period the emergency training provision is in place. To manage remote training effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed will be reduced to ten.

 

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE!

Each virtual trainer course listed on our website includes a location including town/city, county and postcode, however it is important to note that all virtual courses can be attended from anywhere and therefore please ignore the location information. Location data is currently a system requirement to publish virtual courses on our website. If these courses continue beyond the current COVID-19 lockdown our systems will be developed further.

 

Course Content

Aims & Objectives

  • To maintain training for existing Site Supervisors
  • To maintain training for existing Site Supervisors even during exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure events
  • To continue training Site Managers on legislative changes in the industry and their impact on the workforce
  • To support training providers to continue to deliver high quality training despite extraordinary
    circumstances

It is permitted to deliver the SSSTS Refresher courses remotely via video technology solution. The training will follow the same curriculum as the classroom course and deliver the same standard of training meeting all Scheme Rules. Minimum delegate numbers for the refresher course will be reduced to two for the period the emergency training provision is in place. To manage remote training effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed will be reduced to ten.

Course Duration and Attendance

The SSSTS Refresher is a one-day course. However, due to the delivery by remote learning the course may be split into 2 x 3.5 hour sessions (completed over 2 consecutive days). Delegates are required to complete the full course duration (minimum 7 hours of training + examination time) to be eligible for certification.

Course Publications and Materials

Construction site supervision (GE706) is the supporting publication for the refresher course and is mandatory. In the event of remote training taking place, or materials being unavailable for a course running at late notice, a download version of the publication can be used by the delegate as course material. Downloadable versions of GE706 can be purchased online; click here.

Each delegate must be provided with their own copy of the current version of the mandatory course material at the start of their course, which should be retained by the delegate upon completion of the course. While download purchases should be completed and received shortly after purchase, in some circumstances they make take up to 48 hours.

Please note, all publications, whether a hard copy or download, are for single use. Any dissemination or copying of information is strictly prohibited. Please refer to the ‘End User Licence Agreement’ as part of the download purchase process.

Examination Rules

For a delegate to obtain certification for the course they must pass the relevant examination. During the period the emergency training provision is in effect, an alternative exam method will be in place for any refresher courses that are run remotely. Due to the nature of the refresher examination questions and the open book element, it is compulsory to use an online examination tool. Classmarker or Microsoft Forms are the recommended solutions for online assessment. Classmarker and Microsoft Forms are approved for use by CITB, any other online examination solution must be referred to CITB for approval prior to use, or examinations will be invalid.

Identification will be checked prior to the examination commencing. During the examination, the trainer will invigilate a maximum of 5 delegates. Each delegate must show the invigilator that they are alone in the room and must be visible via the video at all times. The delegate must not use any reference material until the last 10 minutes of the exam, which is the open book session.

 

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