The importance of construction staff responsible for safety updating their training with refresher courses to keep abreast of regularly changing legislation.
Keep knowledge of current safety legislation and procedures up to date
It’s vital for construction managers and other staff involved in implementing effective safety procedures to not only receive proper safety training but to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.
Therefore, it’s important to review current training records and ensure staff have taken appropriate training and that it’s been updated through refresher courses at least within the last five years – preferably three.
What training is important for site safety?
A suitable Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course is important for anyone responsible for the safety of workers on a construction site.
These site personnel, typically construction and maybe project managers, are responsible for ensuring the latest and relevant safety procedures are in place and adhered to throughout the site, so they need to be fully aware of current safety procedures and legislation.
Site management safety training recognised by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), such as a SMSTS training course provided by a professional training organisation, equips relevant staff with the knowledge they need to implement effective safety provision.
Updating safety training
People attending a SMSTS course are awarded a CITB Site Safety Plus Certificate when they’ve successfully completed the training which includes assessment and a multiple choice exam.
This certification has to be kept up to date and valid through the periodic taking of refresher courses. Although the CITB qualification is valid for five years from completion of the original course, it’s strongly recommended that a refresher is taken before then – every three years is ideal since safety legislation is frequently updated.
Comprehensive safety training
Refresher courses will build on and update knowledge established on the original course which consists of some of the following:
- Health and Safety at Work Act
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
- Working at Height Regulations
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment
- Control of Asbestos Regulations
Other safety related topics:
- Electricity use
- Conducting excavations
- Use of scaffolding
- Working in confined spaces
Along with safety legislation and procedures training, course delegates are also trained in:
Risk assessment – why it’s important and how to implement it
Hazard control – the identification and controlling of hazards associated with building and construction environments
The original course is a full five days and each day must be attended by all delegates for successful completion of the course. Any missed days mean that person must start the training again.
Up to date training instills confidence
If a construction site is supervised and managed by personnel with full, industry recognised safety training that’s updated on a regular basis, then it provides the site workers with the reassurance that they’re working in an environment where their safety is taken seriously and maintained fully.
Through adherence to the latest safety procedures and compliance with the most recent legislation, site personnel know their day to day activities are being conducted in as safe an environment as possible.
Who takes the training?
Construction and project managers must take the SMSTS course, but anyone likely to be involved with safety issues should be booked on one and then undergo subsequent refresher training. This could include quantity surveyors, safety managers and maybe site agents.