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Health and safety in construction site supervision - SSP


This standard is exclusively used for the Site Safety Plus (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 Supervision standard. The purpose of this standard is to provide a training opportunity for site supervisors to analyse, evaluate and explore principles and practices for supervising health and safety at work within the built environment. This standard is also known as Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS).

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 a training opportunity for site supervisors to analyse, evaluate and explore principles and practices for supervising health and safety at work within the built environment.

The scope covers:

  • Legal and management
  • Role of the supervisor
  • Health and welfare
  • General safety
  • High risk activities
  • Environment

Occupational relevance

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

  • Supervision

Candidate pre-requisites

Delegates must be competent in English at site supervision 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 supervision 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
  • remote learning
  • a blend of classroom and 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 third 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 third 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 five 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.  
  • Explain how the CDM regulations are used to support health and safety on site.   
  • Describe how to develop and maintain a health and safety management system.   
  • Write and use risk assessments and method statements to ensure a safe working environment.   
  • Outline how to complete statutory inspections, checks and monitoring for a construction site.   
  • Describe how to report accidents, injuries and ill health that may occur in the construction industry.   
  • Explain how good leadership and worker engagement can aid with protecting the workforce.   
  • Explain how to protect the health and welfare of the workforce in the construction industry.   
  • Explain how to manage first aid and emergency procedures for a construction site.
  • Explain how to identify and handle hazardous substances associated with working on a construction site.   
  • Outline the risks to health posed by asbestos, and the basic legal requirements to manage those risks.   
  • Outline how to control exposure to dust and fumes (respiratory hazards) for workers on a construction site.   
  • Explain how to control exposure to noise and vibration for construction workers. 
  • Outline how to properly undertake manual handling activities when lifting loads. 
  • Identify factors to be considered when setting up a construction site.   
  • Identify the main fire hazard risks and identify basic requirements for fire safety on site.   
  • Identify the dangers of electricity and good working practices for working on or near to live electrical circuits and with electrical tools and equipment.   
  • State the importance of control and the management of plant, transport and work equipment on site.   
  • Identify the basic requirements for safe lifting operations, equipment and accessories and the steps required to ensure safety.   
  • Describe the key principles for working safely at height.   
  • Outline the main hazards and control considerations for excavation work.   
  • Describe how to locate, identify and plan for work near underground and overhead services.   
  • Describe the main hazards and safety considerations for working in a confined space.   
  • Describe the main duties of temporary work supervisors   
  • State your role in environmental awareness on site.   
  • State your role in preventing pollution.   
  • Explain how environmental damage can occur from improper management of waste materials.   
  • Explain your part in reducing nuisance, noise, dust and light.