The SSSTS course is particularly focused on the legal responsibilities relevant to their work activities and highlights the need for risk assessment in the workplace, the implementation of necessary control measures, and adequate communication to sustain a health and safety culture among the workforce.
This course is often a requirement for individuals to be considered competent in a supervisory role on construction sites in the UK. It is accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and is part of the Site Safety Plus suite of courses. The training typically covers topics such as the Health and Safety at Work Act, specific site issues that challenge supervisors, effective toolbox talks, and supervision of occupational health.
The SSSTS course can also be accessed remotely, enabling participants to undergo training and earn their certification through Virtual Classrooms. This Virtual Classroom training is designed to provide delegates with the necessary knowledge and skills without being physically present in a classroom. They can connect live with a trainer using a webcam, facilitating an interactive learning experience from any location.
Face to Face Classroom
The SSSTS course is also adaptable for a traditional classroom setting, where participants can engage in face-to-face training and earn their certification. This method provides a direct, interactive learning environment under the guidance of a qualified trainer. In-person classroom training fosters a collaborative learning atmosphere, allowing delegates to benefit from real-time discussions and hands-on experiences, enriching their understanding and skills in a structured setting.
On Site Learning
The SSSTS course is additionally available for on-site training, where we can deliver the training directly at your chosen venue or workplace. This approach allows for a tailored training experience, bringing the expertise of our qualified trainers to your location. On-site training is ideal for teams that wish to receive instruction in their own work environment, making the learning experience highly relevant and immediately applicable. This method also offers the convenience of not having to travel to a separate training location, and can be customised to fit the specific needs and schedule of your organisation.
How long is the course?
The SSSTS is a 2 day course.
Upon completion, learners will receive an SSSTS certificate from CITB, demonstrating their understanding of their roles and responsibilities regarding health and safety on a construction site.
The candidate will achieve a CITB renewable 5-year Site Safety Plus (SSSTS) certificate valid for 5 years.
The Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course is structured into various modules, each designed to cover specific aspects of site supervision and safety. The exact content can vary slightly depending on the provider, but typically, the course includes the following key modules:
- Introduction to Health and Safety Law: This module provides an overview of the legal aspects of health and safety, emphasising the laws and regulations that affect the construction industry and the duties of a site supervisor.
- Health and Safety on Construction Sites: Focused on identifying and controlling site hazards, this module covers common risks and the necessary measures to mitigate them, including working at height, manual handling, and fire safety.
- Risk Assessments and Method Statements: Supervisors learn how to conduct risk assessments and develop method statements. This module emphasises the importance of these tools in maintaining a safe working environment.
- Site Set-Up and Security: Covers the essentials of setting up a construction site, including site layout, security, and the management of contractors and visitors.
- Supervising Occupational Health: This module addresses the importance of managing occupational health on the construction site, discussing issues such as stress, noise, vibration, and substance abuse.
- Working at Height: This focuses on the specific risks associated with working at height and the control measures that should be implemented to reduce these risks.
- Toolbox Talks and Safety Communication: Teaches supervisors how to effectively communicate safety information to their teams through toolbox talks and other communication methods.
- Environmental Issues in Construction: An overview of the environmental impacts associated with construction activities and the supervisor’s role in minimising negative impacts.
- Accident Reporting and Investigation: Supervisors learn the procedures for reporting accidents and the basics of conducting investigations to determine causes and prevent future incidents.
- Monitoring Safety Performance: This module focuses on how to monitor and improve safety performance on the site, including the use of key performance indicators and audits.
The SSSTS course concludes with an assessment to test the knowledge and understanding of the participants. Successful completion of the course results in certification, which is valid for five years, after which a refresher course is required to maintain the qualification.