Saving a life is the noblest job a person can do. Death can come anytime and anywhere. That doesn’t mean that we will be ignorant about taking precautionary measures to prevent unfortunate accidents in the workplace that can injure, impair and kill us.
Construction industry deals with various types of deadly accidents that can occur anytime. The site workers who directly remain in contact with the poisonous chemicals, harmful building materials and large machines can fall into life-threatening danger that will not only harm them but also lay an impact on their whole family. Along with mortality, the catastrophes can result in lifelong physical and mental impairment with post accidental trauma. Massive amounts of medical costs and long stay-away from profession follow the mishaps. Plus, a worker can lose the potential of working forever due to lost body parts.
The Construction Industry Training Board or CITB has come up with effective strategies for management of the health and safety issues, BIM requirements for the on-site staffs, the expertise of leadership management, accident prevention and various other things. SMSTS Courses have been developed by CITB for the site managers so that they can handle any unwanted occurrence with flair and also guide and train the worker who are under their supervision.
The site managers can get relevant education and instructions on what they can do to prevent unexpected issues that may emerge in the construction zone.
- Let’s get some knowledge about SMSTS Courses:
The Site Management Safety Training Scheme or SMSTS have a couple of courses assigned under it:
- Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS):
The site managers and the supervisors who are supposed to be the boss of the construction plots are eligible to pursue the course as mentioned earlier. After completion of the session, they will be able to organise, plan, scrutinise, regulate, lead and take control of the labours working on the location.
➢ It surrounds certain aspects:
The entire legislation that affects the safe working in the civil engineering, building and construction industries come under SMSTS courses.
➢ The highlights of SMSTS:
o The managers adequately perform the risk assessment tasks in the construction areas.
o The controllers can put into effect the learned controlling initiatives.
o Proper communication between the staffs and the managers becomes flexible for stimulating safety and healthy culture within the working environment.
➢ Course endorsement:
Build UK approved the SMSTS courses and marked them as the standard training for the site managers of the construction industry.
➢ The Consequences of SMSTS:
o Enforcement of the health, safety and welfare, and environmental legislation in the daily routine works in the engineering zones.
o New industry best practices and guidance are implemented.
o The managers can efficiently declare their duties and responsibilities concerning, safety, health, welfare, and environment.
➢ The course validity:
A period of five years is the course’s maximum validity.
The respective personnel have to pursue a refresher course for the continuation of the certification. It should be done before the expiry date mentioned on the certificate. If anyone fails to join the refresher course within the due date, he or she will have to retake the entire course.
➢ The course duration:
Five days is the maximum time for the course completion. It can be done in a couple of ways:
o Five-day block: The on-site managers who are already working on projects and can’t wait for the qualification that has to be mandatorily added to their profiles as soon as possible find the 5 days block to be the most suited one.
o Day release (weekly one day): It is perfect for those having busy ongoing work and can’t take leave from it for long at a stretch. Plus, one day in a week until the completion of the course gives them ample time for revision.
- Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS-R)
The Refresher course follows the SMSTS. Candidates who have passed the previous course can sit for SMSTS-R. The course offers up-to-the-minute health and safety strategies with the revision of the comprehensive overview of the legislative amendments. Besides, it also teaches about the impact of the statutory modification on the sites. It introduces new subjects in addition to the original course materials.
- Course duration:
- The outcomes:
o Effective implementation of the health and safety, welfare and the environmental regulations on the constructional grounds
o The newly designed industry standards and the directions are effectively administered.
o The duties and the responsibilities of the site managers on the accounts of health and safety of the workers and also the environmental welfare can be capably orchestrated.
The certificates are the proofs of the awareness of the potential dangers that can trigger ill health and safety issues. After finishing the entire SMSTS courses, the construction managers can skillfully manage the whole location and prevent any kind of futuristic accident. They gain the full confidence about workplace management and conduct the on-site safety tactics for the labours.