Health and safety in construction site supervision

The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide site supervisors the opportunity to analyse, evaluate and explore principles and practices for supervising health and safety at work within the built environment.


Health and safety in construction site supervision 


Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours per day 


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide site supervisors the opportunity to analyse, evaluate and explore principles and practices for supervising health and safety at work within the built environment. 


  • 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 group(s): 

  • Supervision 


There are no delegate pre-requisites as part of this standard 

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 2 years relevant industrial experience at site management level or above 
  • a verifiable CV 


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

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

The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes.  

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 intermediate level. 


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

Where this training standard is assessed using a multiple choice questions, learners are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 80 per cent 

Quality assurance 


CITB will gain assurance through the third party’s quality arrangements.  

Approved Training Organisation’s will be required to supply confirmation of approval (centre approval and scheme approval) with the related third party awarding organisation or body. In most cases this will be an approval certificate provided by the third party awarding organisation or body, listing the routes, qualifications and categories they are approved to deliver. In addition, a copy of the most recent external quality assurance monitoring report will be required, relating to the standard that you wish to be approved for.  

This information will be reviewed by CITB’s quality assurance team. Approval will be subject to the required third party documentation being supplied by you. As part of the quality assurance checks, CITB may confirm the accuracy of documentation with the issuing organisation.  


Refresher every 5 years 

Approval date 

September 2020 

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 


Explain how the CDM Regulations are used to support health and safety on site 


Describe how to develop, maintain and monitor 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 and checks 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 works supervisors 


State their role in environmental awareness on site 


State their role in preventing pollution 


Explain how environmental damage can occur from improper management of waste materials 


Explain their part in reducing nuisance, noise, dust and light 


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 Manager)

  • Health and Safety in Construction (Director).