CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

The Site management safety training scheme (SMSTS) is a five-day course designed for site managers, or aspiring site managers. It is designed for those with responsibility for managing, monitoring,implementing and reporting in a construction environment.

Course Overview

The course covers relevant health, safety and environmental legislation affecting safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It highlights the need for risk assessment in the workplace, the implementation of the necessary control measures, and adequate communication to sustain a health and safety culture among the workforce.

The SMSTS course is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training for all construction managers.

Course Objectives

The course aims to help site managers to:

• manage and implement health, safety and environmental aspects on site, in accordance with current legal provisions and within the context of their management role

• implement new guidance and industry best practice

• develop an understanding of responsibility and accountability for site health, safety, welfare and the environment

• recognise that a safe site is efficient, economical, productive and environmentally friendly

Course Content

The SMSTS course includes;

MODULE 1: Legal and Management

  1. Health and safety law
  2. The Health and Safety at Work Act
  3. Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations
  4. Health and safety management systems
  5. Risk assessments and method statements
  6. Induction and training
  7. Effective communication
  8. Leadership and worker engagement
  9. Inspection and audit
  10. Statutory forms, notices, and registers
  11. Accident prevention, control, reporting and investigation

MODULE 2: Health and Welfare

  1. Management of health
  2. Welfare facilities
  3. Stresss and mental health at work
  4. Drugs and alcohol
  5. Control of substances hazardous to health
  6. Lead
  7. Asbestos
  8. Dust and fumes
  9. Noise
  10. Vibration
  11. Manual Handling

MODULE 3: General Safety

  1. Site organisation
  2. Fire prevention and control, and dangerous substances
  3. Electrical safety
  4. Temporary works
  5. Work equipment and hand-held tools
  6. Mobile work equipment
  7. Lifting operations and equipment
  8. Mobile workforce and driver safety

MODULE 4: High Risk Activities

  1. Work at heigh regulations
  2. Working at height
  3. Common access equipment
  4. Scaffolding
  5. Fall arrest and suspension equipment
  6. Excavations
  7. Underground and overhead services
  8. Confined spaces


There are no prerequisites for this course.