This one-day refresher course is for delegates who have previously passed the two-day Site supervision safety training scheme (SSSTS) course and can provide proof of successful attendance.
It aims to bring health and safety knowledge up-to-date, as well as giving a thorough overview of the legislative changes and their impact in the workplace.
The course includes a wide range of topics which have been affected by changes to procedures, and builds upon the material in the original course.
Our upcoming course dates are:
19th February 2024, 18th March 2024, 22nd April 2024, 20th May 2024, 17th June 2024, 22nd July 2024, 19th August 2024, 16th September 2024, 21st October 2024, 18th November 2024, 16th December 2024
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The refresher course is only for delegates who have previously passed the two-day Site supervision safety training scheme (SSSTS) course and can provide proof of successful attendance.
If a delegate cannot provide a copy of their certificate, the online card checker can be used to establish if a delegate currently holds a valid SSSTS certificate.
If an individual cannot be located on the system and no evidence of their certificate can be found, they will have to attend the full Site supervision safety training scheme (SSSTS) course.
Failure to attend the refresher course prior to the expiry of an existing certificate will require the delegate to re-enter the scheme by completing the full Site supervision safety training scheme (SSSTS) course if they wish to remain in the scheme.
Delegates must be competent in English at site supervisor level.
Assessment will be by an exam paper at the end of the course.
The examination paper is compulsory and consists of 25 questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course.
The examination pass mark is 80% (24 out of 30).
The paper consists of 22 multiple choice questions and three short written questions. There are four safety critical questions in each exam paper. The delegate must answer all four of these questions correctly to pass the exam. The multiple choice questions are worth 1 point each, whereas written questions can score between 1-3 marks.
The exam paper forms the basis of assessment of whether or not a delegate has successfully achieved a satisfactory level of understanding to be awarded the Site supervision safety training scheme refresher (SSSTS-R) certificate.
The examination lasts for 30 minutes and must be completed within this time.
Delegates are permitted to use the Construction site supervision (GE706) publication for the last ten minutes of the examination period.
Delegates taking the SSSTS Refresher course should have an overview of the learning outcomes listed below.
1. Health and safety law
Describe the purpose of health and safety legislation and the different legislative requirements that must be followed to ensure this is achieved.
2. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM)
Explain how the CDM Regulations are used to support health and safety on site.
3. Health and safety management systems
Describe how to develop, maintain and monitor a health and safety management system.
4. Risk assessments and method statements
Write and use risk assessments and method statements to ensure a safe working environment.
5. Statutory inspections and checks
Outline how to complete statutory inspections and checks for a construction site.
6. Reporting accidents, injuries and ill health
Describe how to report accidents, injuries and ill health that may occur in the construction industry.
7. Leadership and worker engagement
Explain how good leadership and worker engagement can aid with protecting the workforce.
1. Health and welfare of the workforce
Explain how to protect the health and welfare of the workforce in the construction industry.
2. First aid and emergency procedures
Explain how to manage first aid and emergency procedures for a construction site.
3. Hazardous substances
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.
5. Dust and fumes
Outline how to control exposure to dust and fumes (respiratory hazards) for workers on a construction site.
6. Noise and vibration
Explain how to control exposure to noise and vibration for construction workers.
7. Manual handling
Outline how to properly undertake manual handling activities when lifting loads.
1. Site set up and security
Identify factors to be considered when setting up a construction site.
2. Fire prevention and control
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.
4. Plant and work equipment
State the importance of control and the management of plant, transport and work equipment on site.
5. Lifting operations and lifting equipment
Identify the basic requirements for safe lifting operations, equipment and accessories and the steps required to ensure safety.
1. Working at height
Describe the key principles for working safely at height.
Outline the main hazards and control considerations for excavation work.
3. Underground and overhead services
Describe how to locate, identify and plan for work near underground and overhead services.
4. Confined spaces
Describe the main hazards and safety considerations for working in a confined space.
5. Temporary works
Describe the main duties of temporary works supervisors.
1. Environmental awareness
State your role in environmental awareness on site.
State your role in preventing pollution.
3. Waste materials
Explain how environmental damage can occur from improper management of waste materials.
Explain your part in reducing nuisance, noise, dust and light
As a refresher course, SSSTS-R requires participants to have completed the initial SSSTS before the expiry date on their original certificate. If you can’t provide a certificate or be located on the CITB system, you will need to attend the full 2-day course.
You will be assessed via a 30-minute examination, taking the same form as your initial SSSTS assessment:
Completing the SSSTS-R course will refresh your SSSTS certificate for another five-year period. You’ll need to complete it again before your certificate expires if you wish to keep it valid. Alternatively, the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is considered a progression for those who want to take the next step up.
There are three main ways the refresher course differs from your initial training: