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The SSSTS (Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme) provides construction site supervisors with a broader understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues, as well as their legal responsibilities relevant to health and safety standards in the workplace. The SSSTS course is accredited by the CITB endorsed by Build UK (formerly the United Kingdom Contractors Group) as the qualification benchmark for all supervisors working on their sites.

Who should attend an SSSTC course?

SSSTS courses are aimed at all site supervisors working in construction and are often the first step in health and safety certification for all new managers or supervisors. Those working in this role have a legal and moral responsibility for all employees and visitors to the site, so SSSTC courses ensure that they are fully aware of all health and safety aspects of the construction site working environment.

SSSTS course objectives  

As the supervisor or manager of a team, you are the first contact if employees have any concerns about the environment they work in. This means you need to be fully informed about all aspects of site safety, regardless of your team size. The main objective of an SSSTS course is that delegates gain a well-rounded understanding of their role within the industry and how important it is to practice good management.

SSSTS course outcomes

On successful completion of the SSSTS course, delegates will:

  • Understand the main challenges of construction sites
  • Understand how health and safety law is structured and how it applies to the supervisor role
  • Identify how their supervisory role fits in with the management structure in controlling the site safely
  • Carry out risk assessments and understand the need for method statements
  • Carry out effective site inductions, toolbox talks and method statement briefings
  • Be able to monitor site activities effectively
  • Understand the importance of timely intervention when bad practice is identified.

SSSTS course content

  • Effects and prevention of accidents 
  • Legal duties of supervisors to their team
  • Assessing risk and choosing control measures
  • Delivering effective toolbox talks and other methods of communication
  • Understanding the CDM Regulations 2015
  • Accident reporting and investigation
  • Supervisors duties relating to health hazards including noise, vibration, manual handling, biological hazards, silica dust and other hazardous substances.

  • Supervisors duties relating to safety hazards including slips and trips, traffic, fire and electricity, excavations and confined spaces, work at height and work equipment.

Training format

SSSTS courses can be highly interactive, delivered through case studies, classroom discussion, group work and individual/group presentations. The method of final examination will be multiple-choice questions at the end of the SSSTS course.

Final examination

The examination paper is a compulsory part of the training and consists of 25 multiple-choice questions covering all aspects of the SSSTS course taken. It forms the basis of assessing whether a participant has successfully achieved a satisfactory level of understanding worthy of a Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) certificate.

The examination lasts for 30 minutes and must be completed within the given time period. To pass the exam participants must achieve a score of 72%. 

Progress opportunities

This SSSTS course provides an ideal foundation for going on to develop a more advanced understanding of health and safety duties. On completion of the SSSTS course, a natural progression could be to take the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course. 

If this doesn't spark your interest, check out our full construction and health and safety training categories to the find a course suited to your needs.

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