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CITB Site Manager Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)


The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is a five-day course designed for site managers, or aspiring site managers. It is designed for those with responsibility for managing, monitoring, implementing and reporting in a construction environment.  


The course covers relevant health, safety and environmental legislation affecting safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It highlights the need for risk assessment in the workplace, the implementation of the necessary control measures, and adequate communication to sustain a health and safety culture among the workforce.  


The SMSTS course is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training for all construction managers.


The course aims to help site managers to:  

  • Manage and implement health, safety and environmental aspects on site, in accordance with current legal provisions and within the context of their management role

  • Implement new guidance and industry best practice

  • Develop an understanding of responsibility and accountability for site health, safety, welfare and the environment

  • Recognise that a safe site is efficient, economical, productive and environmentally friendly.  

Learning outcomes  

Delegates taking the SMSTS course should be able to achieve all the learning outcomes listed below by the end of the course.  


Module 1 – Legal and management  

1.    Health and safety law Describe the purpose of health, safety and environment legislation and the different legislative requirements that must be followed.  

2.    The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act Describe the legal duties of the employer, self-employed and, to a lesser extent, employee, to promote health and safety awareness and effective standards of safety management by every employer.  

3.    Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations Describe the CDM Regulations that cover the management of health, safety and welfare on construction projects. Identify what they are about, what they require, what needs to be done and by whom.  

4.    Health and safety management systems Describe the key principles of a health and safety management system, what it should contain and how it should be used.  

5.    Risk assessments and method statements Describe the importance of risk assessments in ensuring a reduction in workplace accidents.  

6.    Induction and training Describe the legal requirements for the provision of information and ensure it is tailored for the audience, understood by the audience and specific to the site.  

7.    Effective communication Describe the importance of good communication on site with all employees, particularly during site induction, and ensuring critical information is conveyed.  

8.    Leadership and worker engagement Describe the principles of leadership and worker engagement to influence good working practices on site.  

9.    Inspection and audit Describe the importance of accurately measuring, monitoring and reporting on health and safety within the workplace.  

10.  Statutory forms, notices and registers Identify the statutory and non-statutory forms, notices, signs and registers used in the building and construction industry and the keeping of records and other details.   

11.  Accident prevention, control, reporting and investigation Describe why accidents happen, the human factors, trends, causes, impacts and preventative measures required, including reporting and follow through.  


Module 2 – Health and welfare  

1.    Management of health Describe the importance of sustaining good health in the workforce and how to plan and maintain suitable practices to prevent the high costs that work-related ill health causes.  

2.    Welfare facilities Describe the importance of providing suitable welfare facilities and ensuring they comply with the CDM Regulations.  

3.    Stress and mental health at work Describe the importance of a positive approach to managing mental health issues and reducing the costs to industry.  

4.    Drugs and alcohol Identify, manage and support individuals affected by drugs and alcohol and understand the legal framework that regulates it.  

5.    Control of substances hazardous to health Describe the importance of protecting the workforce from exposure to hazardous substances.  

6.    Lead Describe the implications of lead in buildings, its effect, management and control. 7.    Asbestos Describe the risks asbestos poses to health, and the legal requirements required to manage that risk.  

8.    Dust and fumes Describe the risks posed by inhalation of airborne particles, the control measures used and how to protect the workforce, the public and the environment.  

9.    Noise Describe the risks that excess noise can place on the employee and the surrounding area, and how to mitigate and manage that risk.  

10.  Vibration Describe the harmful effects of excessive vibration and how these may be mitigated.  

11.  Manual handling Describe how to reduce the risk of injury within the workforce, taking into account the task, environment and control measures.  


Module 3 – General safety  

1.    Site organisation Describe the requirements to be considered when setting out a construction site.  

2.    Fire prevention and control, and dangerous substances Define correct fire planning and dangerous substance control, including safe handling and storage. Ensure procedures are in place to manage hazards and risks.   

3.    Electrical safety Describe the dangers of working on or near to live electrical circuits. Ensure good working practices are in place.  

4.    Temporary works Describe the requirement to manage temporary works and ensure they are planned, maintained and removed appropriately.  

5.    Work equipment and hand-held tools Describe the importance of control and management of work equipment on site. Ensure effective planning, risk assessment, training and maintenance are undertaken.  

6.   Mobile work equipment Describe the effective planning and control of mobile work equipment. Describe the legal obligations of working with mobile work equipment on site.

7.    Lifting operations and equipment Describe the legal requirements for lifting operations, equipment and accessories and the steps required to ensure risks are mitigated, planning is undertaken (including selection of equipment) and the correct training and maintenance obligations are met safely and efficiently.  

8.    Mobile workforce and driver safety Describe the legal framework and guidance that supports the management of health and safety for mobile, lone and out of hours workers, and the potential risks and how to control them.  


Module 4 – High risk activities  

1.    Work at Height Regulations Describe the risks surrounding working at height and the plans that must be in place to ensure safety.  

2.    Working at height Describe the risks that exist from working at height, such as working platforms, scaffolds, ladders, flat and pitched roofs and anywhere near fragile materials, openings, holes and roof edges.  

3.    Common access equipment Describe the health and safety requirements when selecting and using common forms of access equipment.  

4.    Scaffolding Describe the key safety issues that relate to the use of scaffolds, how to manage scaffolding operations and how to assess suitability of erected scaffolds.  

5.    Fall arrest and suspension equipment Describe the importance of fall arrest and suspension equipment.  

6.   Excavations Describe the importance of planning excavations and a safe working practice considering all the elements of the excavation.  

7.    Underground and overhead services Describe the risk factors of working with underground and overhead services, including how to plan the work and manage risk.  

8.    Confined spaces Describe what a confined space is, how to risk assess it and how to work safely. 

If you have any further questions about this course please email or call 01782 438813

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