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Health and safety in construction site management - SSP


This standard is exclusively used for the SSP health and safety courses. If you are looking for a similar standard to use against other courses please use the generic Health and Safety in Construction Site Management standard. The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide site managers with the ability to implement all health, safety, welfare, and environmental legislation. This standard is also known as Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS).

Standard details

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 5 days of 6 learning hours per day


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide site managers with the ability to implement all health, safety, welfare, and environmental legislation. It will help them to understand new guidance and industry best practice and state their duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety and welfare within the built environment.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • Legal and management
  • Role of the manager
  • Health and welfare
  • General safety
  • High risk activities.

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 site management 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 at site management level 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 4, maximum class size of 20.

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

  • classroom
  • a blend of classroom and remote learning
  • remote 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:

  • Describe the purpose of health and safety legislation and the different legislative requirements that must be followed to ensure this is achieved.   
  • 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.   
  • Describe the Construction (Design and Management) regulations that cover the management of health, safety and welfare on construction projects.   
  • Describe the key principles and benefits of a Health and Safety Policy and the organisations arrangements for putting those policies in place.   
  • Describe the importance of risk assessment, method statements, and communication in ensuring a reduction in workplace accidents.   
  • 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. 
  • Explain the needs of employee training to maintain competence on site.   
  • Describe the importance of good communication on site with all employees particularly during site induction and ensuring critical information is conveyed.   
  • Describe the principles of leadership and worker engagement to influence good working practices on site.    
  • Describe the importance of accurately measuring, monitoring and reporting on health and safety within the workplace.   
  • Explain how to use reliable information to show health and safety risks are being managed.   
  • Identify the statutory and non-statutory forms, notices, signs and registers used within the building and construction industry and the keeping of records and other details.   
  • Describe why accidents happen, the human factors, trends, causes, impacts and preventative measures required including reporting and follow up.   
  • Identify the factors to consider when developing construction phase plans, safe systems of work, assessing risk, undertaking site inspections and daily health and safety management.   
  • 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.   
  • Describe the importance of providing suitable welfare facilities. Ensuring they comply with the CDM Regulations.   
  • Describe the importance of a positive approach to managing mental health issues. Reducing the costs to the industry. 
  • Identify, manage and support individuals affected by drugs and alcohol and understand the legal framework that regulates it.   
  • Describe the importance of protecting the workforce from exposure to hazardous substances.
  • Describe the implications of Lead in buildings, its effect, management, and control.
  • Describe the risks asbestos poses to health and the legal requirements to manage that risk.   
  • Describe the risks posed by inhalation of air borne particles, how to minimise that risk and protect the workforce.   
  • Describe the risks that excess noise can place on the employee and the surrounding area. How to mitigate and manage that risk.
  • Describe the risks of vibration, assessment, and control.
  • Describe how to reduce the risk of injury within the workforce taking into account the task, environment, and control measures.   
  • Describe the requirements to be considered when setting out a construction site. 
  • Define correct fire planning and dangerous substance control including safe handling and storage; ensuring procedures are in place to manage hazard and risk.   
  • Describe the dangers of working on or near to live electrical circuits and ensuring good working practices are in place.
  • Describe the requirement to manage temporary works and ensure they are planned, maintained and removed appropriately.
  • Describe the importance of control and management of plant and equipment on site ensuring effective planning, risk assessment, training and maintenance is carried out. 
  • Describe effective planning and control of mobile plant and vehicles and the legal obligations on site.   
  • 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.  
  • Describe the legal framework and guidance that supports the management of health and safety for mobile, lone and out of hour’s workers and the risks and control.  
  • Describe the risks surrounding working at height and the plans required to be in place to ensure safety.  
  • 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.  
  • Describe the health and safety requirements when selecting and using common forms of access equipment. 
  • Describe the key safety issues that relate to the use of scaffolds, how to manage scaffolding operations and assess stability of erected scaffolds. 
  • Describe the importance of fall arrest and suspension equipment.   
  • Describe the importance of planning excavations and a safe working practice considering all elements of excavations.   
  • Describe the risk factors and planning aspects of working with underground and overhead services.   
  • Describe what a confined space is and how to risk assess and work safely.