The Site Manager Course we offer has made construction safer for workers and managers alike. The UK passed the HSWA (Health and Safety at Work Act) in 1974. The Site Manager Course is a small part of the overall framework of HS&E regulations and procedures that have evolved since, a system which has seen a reduction of 86% in the number of accidents per 1000 workers in the UK since the HSWA was took effect in 1974.
The rates have kept falling, as well. The rate of injuries self-reported by workers in the UK was 3980 per 100,000 workers in 2000-2001. By 2014-2015 that number had fallen to 2030 per 100,000 – a drop of more than 48%!
(per 1000 workers)
Of course, safety involves more than just accidents. The construction industry in particular is subject to many occupational diseases, from mesothelioma (from asbestos exposure) to ‘white finger’ and a host of musculoskeletal disorders. In 1990 there were 5940 work related illnesses reported per 100,000 workers. By 2014-2015 that number had dropped to 3940 per 100,000 – a drop of more than a third!
Particularly in later years, this continued sharp reduction can be attributed to the HS&E training courses mandated by most employers and administered by various certification agencies and training organisations like ours.
What does the Site Manager Course actually cover?
The SMSTS site manager course gives managers and supervisors a grounding in site safety awareness. It covers both the regulatory and standards framework that defines their HS&E responsibilities but also practical experience maintaining a safe working environment for everyone on site.
Over five days, attendees of the site manager course study:
- The HSAW act itself
- Regulations covering CDM (construction design and management)
- How to perform risk assessments
- Behavioural safety techniques
- Occupational health management
- Working safely with electricity, plants and equipment, demolition, scaffolding and other hazards
- And the latest developments in safe working standards
Who should take the Site Manager Course?
The course is ideal for anyone who is currently working as a site supervisor, project manager or has any other management role in the construction industry. It is also an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to work their way up to a supervisor’s or manager’s role.
I’ve already taken the Site Manager Course. What do I do when it expires?
While your CITB site safety plus certificate does expire after 5 years, you do not need to take the entire course over again to renew it. We offer a 2-day refresher course which will extend your certification for another 5 years, but it must be completed prior to the expiry date. If the expiry date has already passed, you have to take the full 5-day course instead.