The course could include the following training topics:
- Accident costs, causes, investigation, prevention and reporting requirements
- Behavioural science including awareness of human error
- Development of ‘safe systems of work’ and permit systems
- Effective communicating
- Introduction to health and safety law, duties, responsibilities, enforcement and sanctions
- Management of Contractors
- Overviews/explanations of relevant construction activity legislation
- Risk assessment and ‘principles of prevention’
- Safety management systems, policies, plans, performance and measuring
The course could cover such topics as occupational health hazards, the latest safety regulations, practical site safety training, first aid training, environmental safety and food safety etc. Those who successfully pass the training course should also make sure they attend a two day refresher course to ensure the continued validity of their certificate because otherwise it will expire after five years.
The refresher course (usually 2 days course) enables qualified participants to update their knowledge about current health and safety laws and practices and also learn any new techniques of site management safety that may be been recently brought in.
The SMSTS along with the CITB construction skills site safety training was created to not only train construction site managers, but also any other staff members who are personally responsible for any construction site management activities. This can include people visiting the site to work temporarily such as plumbers, electricians, building maintenance staff etc.
Any employee of a construction company is eligible to join this course irrespective of whether he or she has done such a course previously or not.