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What to expect on your SMSTS Course

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

SMSTS Stands for Site Manager Safety Training Scheme


The CITB Site Manager Safety Training Scheme ( SMSTS) is for you if you’re considering, or already have, management responsibilities in the building & civil engineering sector


This 5 day course is the industry standard qualification for Site managers and and is endorsed by Build UK


Course content

This course highlights potential hazards when working on site and provides practical advice on keeping yourself and your workforce safe.


For online classes You'll need a suitable device to work from e.g. a laptop with integrated camera or a desktop with webcam. Smartphones and tablets are not suitable devices.




CITB Site management safety training scheme (SMSTS)




Day 1

  • Introductions, course details and documents

  • A mock examination to ascertain your level of knowledge and help you understand the examination process

  • The dangers of working in the construction industry

  • The cost of accidents Insured/uninsured

  • Health & Safety Law Criminal & Civil

  • Health & Safety at work etc. Act 1974

  • The Health & Safety executive powers

  • Enforcement notices & prosecution

  • The Corporate manslaughter Act

  • Vicarious liability

  • Levels of duty Shall, Practicable & Reasonably Practicable.

  • Construction, design and management regulations

  • Health & safety management systems

  • Health and safety policies and the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle

  • The day is finished off with a CDM duty holders exercise

SMSTS classroom training



Day 2



  • Recap of Day 1

  • The management of health & safety at work regulations 1999

  • The principles of prevention

  • Risk assessment

  • The hierarchy of control ERIC Principles

  • Method statements

  • Permits to work

  • Competence

  • Training including site inductions

  • Behavioural safety including perceptions

  • Leadership & worker engagement

  • Health & safety auditing

  • Proactive and Reactive monitoring

  • Key Performance indicators

  • The cost of accidents

  • Accidents, Near misses and unsafe conditions

  • The domino theory of accidents

  • RIDDOR regulations

  • Health & welfare

  • Health surveillance

  • First aid including first aid needs assessment

  • Stress & Mental Health

  • Drugs & Alcohol

  • The Day is finished off with a risk assessment & method statement exercise



CITB SMSTS




Day 3

  • Recap of Day 1 & 2

  • Personal Protective Equipment regulations

  • COSHH

  • Lead at work

  • Asbestos including surveys, registers and notification to the HSE

  • Dust & fumes, silica dust

  • Noise including Noise risk assessment, exposure action values

  • Hand & arm vibration including exposure calculations

  • Manual handling including TILE assessments

  • Site organisation including site signage

  • Consultation with the workforce

  • Fire safety including fire risk assessment

  • The day is finished off with an accident investigation exercise


Day 4

  • Recap of Day 1,2, and 3

  • Electrical safety

  • Temporary works including the temporary works register

  • Provision & Use of work equipment (PUWER)

  • Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

  • Work at height including WAH hierarchy, falling objects, scaffolding, ladders

  • Fall arrest & equipment, rescue plans

  • The day is finished off with a COSHH assessment exercise





Day 5

  • Recap of Day 1,2,3, and 4

  • Excavations including trench collapse and battering/stepping

  • Avoiding dangers from buried services (HSG 47)

  • Avoiding dangers from overhead lines (GS6)

  • Confined spaces including safe systems of work

  • Environmental

  • Sustainable construction and the environment

  • Environmental management systems

  • Waste including hazardous waste disposal

  • Water management

  • The day includes a site set up exercise where you’ll work as a team to produce a construction phase plane for a scenario and present your findings to the wider group

  • Recap & Examination

The examination is a 35 minute exam with 18 multiple choice questions and 7 written answer questions with a possible 32 points available with a pass mark of 26.

for the last 15 minutes of the exam you are a permitted to use your GE700 publication for reference.


What you’ll receive

  • 5 x 7.5 hour online or classroom session

  • A certificate Valid for 5 years

  • Construction Site Safety GE700 Publication


This training activity can be carried out Online, Classroom or in your workplace subject to course numbers. Please contact us to discuss your options.


Please contact us for available spaces.

Tel: 01524 233784

Mob: 07881097643


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