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Health and safety for construction directors - SSP


This standard is exclusively used for the Site Safety Plus (SSP) health and safety courses. The purpose of this standard is to provide a training opportunity for directors to evaluate, analyse and explore principles and practices for leading health and safety at work within the built environment. This standard is also known as: Director's Role for Health and Safety (DRHS); Leading Health and Safety at Work.

Standard details

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide an opportunity for directors to evaluate, analyse and explore principles and practices for leading health and safety at work within the built environment.

The scope covers:

  • Leadership and worker engagement
  • Health and safety law
  • Plan, do, check, act
  • Managing for health and safety

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • Management and leadership

Candidate pre-requisites

Delegates must be competent in English at director level.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate 
  • Successfully completed training to this standard 
  • At least 3 years relevant industrial experience in a Construction Senior Manager role or above
  • A verifiable CV
  • At least one of the following:
    • A Health and Safety degree
    • IOSH Level 6 Diploma in Safety Management (or equivalent)
    • Level 4 or 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (or SVQ equivalent)
    • NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Safety and Health
    • NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health Part 2
    • NEBOSH Units A, B, C & D.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation. A publication to support the training must be made available to each learner to use throughout and to keep for reference.

Minimum class size 3, maximum class size of 12.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • remote learning
  • a blend of classroom and remote learning
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) to hold approval with a 3rd party awarding organisation, industry training board, or professional institute for the specific course or qualification linked to this standard.

The course or qualification must have external set test(s) or exam(s) and be externally quality assured by the 3rd party.

This standard is not intended for mapping of ATOs' own standalone courses. Third party awarding organisations should submit their qualifications or courses for approval, before their delivery centres can be approved by CITB against this standard.


HSE, other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training (that is. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

17 November 2018

Review cycle

Three years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Explain how good leadership and worker engagement can aid with protecting the workers and continually improve organisation risk management.   
  • Describe the purpose of health and safety legislation and the different legislative requirements that must be followed to ensure this is achieved.   
  • Explain how to effectively plan health and safety in an organisation.   
  • Explain how to implement a health and safety plan including the key actions for leaders, managers and the involvement of workers in an organisation.   
  • Explain how to monitor health and safety arrangements and measure its performance in an organisation.   
  • Explain how to review health and safety performance to ensure high standards are maintained and continually improved.