Health and safety in construction site management - SSP refresher

The purpose of the health and safety in construction site management – refresher course is for delegates who have previously passed the full health and safety in construction site management course or subsequent refresher course, and can provide proof of attendance.


Health and safety in construction site management – refresher SSP SMSTS-R 


Minimum 2 days of 7.5 learning hours per day 


The purpose of the health and safety in construction site management – refresher course is for delegates who have previously passed the full health and safety in construction site management course or subsequent refresher course, and can provide proof of attendance 


  • improve awareness of recent developments in construction, legislation and health, safety, welfare and environmental issues 
  • identify measures that will assist the practical implementation of responsibilities established by new legislation and/or new working practices 

Occupational relevance 

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s): 

  • Management and Leadership 


The refresher course is only for delegates who have previously passed the five-day health and safety in construction site management (SMSTS) or subsequent refresher course, and hold a valid health and safety in construction site management certificate (SMSTS). Evidence must be provided to the training provider of their eligibility. 

Failure to attend the refresher course prior to the expiry of an existing certificate will require the delegate to re-enter by completing the health and safety in construction site management course (SMSTS) 

Delegates must be competent in English at site management level. 

Instruction/ supervision 

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

  • Award in education and training (or equivalent as per requirements for approved training organisations)   
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • Any standard specific training or membership 
  • 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 

Please refer to the quality assurance document that sets out the trainer requirements. 


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

The minimum number of delegates per course is four. The maximum number of delegates per course is 20. These minimum and maximum delegate numbers are not subject to an appeal. 

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation. 

A publication to support the training must be made available to each delegate to use throughout and to keep for reference. 

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

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

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.  

This standard is considered to be set at an advanced level. 


Assessment will be by an exam paper at the end of the course. 

The exam paper is compulsory and consists of 25 questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course. 

The examination pass mark is 80% (28 out of 35). 

Quality assurance 

CITB Products 

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. 


Refresher every 5 years 

Approval date 

January 2019 

Review cycle 

On request or 3 year(s) from approval date 

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome  

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 CDM Regulations that cover the management of health, safety and welfare on construction projects. Identify what they are about, what they require, what needs to be done and by whom 


Describe the key principles of a health and safety policy and the organisation’s arrangements for putting those policies in place. Describe the key benefits of the policy, what it should contain and how it should be used 


Describe the importance of risk assessments in ensuring a reduction in workplace accidents. Identify the requirements of risk assessments and method statements to be suitable and proportionate to the site-specific risks, fully understood and appreciated by the workforce 


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. Meet 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 monitoring, measuring and reporting on health and safety within the workplace. 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 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 through. 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 and ensure they comply with the CDM Regulations 


Describe the importance of a positive approach to managing mental health issues and reducing the costs to 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 required to manage that risk 


Describe the risks posed by inhalation of airborne 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, and how to mitigate and manage that risk 


Describe how exposure to vibration can have serious health risks. Describe how to assess and control the risk of vibration through control methods 


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. Ensure procedures are in place to manage hazards and risks 


Describe the dangers of working on or near to live electrical circuits. Ensure 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. Ensure effective planning, risk assessment, training and maintenance are undertaken 


Describe effective planning and control of mobile plant and vehicles. Describe the legal obligations of working with mobile plant 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 obligations are met safely and efficiently 


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 potential risks and how to control them 


Describe the risks surrounding working at height and the plans that must 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 any work being carried out 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 how to assess suitability 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 the elements of the excavation 


Describe the risk factors of working with underground and overhead services, including how to plan the work and manage risk 


Describe what a confined space is, how to risk assess it and how to work safely 


Additional information about this standard

Health & Safety At Work Act (HASAWA) 

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 


Managing Health & Safety in Construction (L153) 


LOLER Approved Code of Practice 

PUWER Approved Code of Practice 

Health & Safety Executive guidance documents: 

SG48: Reducing error and influencing behaviour

Related standards

Health and Safety in Construction (Site Supervisor)

Health and Safety in Construction (Director)


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