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February 2007

New programme launched to tackle industry health and safety shortfall

Today, ConstructionSkills launched their new integrated, industry led health and safety training programme – Site Safety Plus. With new research showing that almost a third of construction employers have failed to provide their staff with health and safety training for at least two years, the need for training has never been greater.

The announcement comes as proposed changes to the Construction Design and Management (CDM 07) Regulations loom over industry – due to come into effect in April. The CDM Regulations will require all employers of construction workers to ensure that they are competent in a range of health and safety issues – so receiving training on a regular basis is going to be essential.

The new Site Safety Plus programme - a lifelong learning plan for health and safety in the sector - builds on these recommendations, as well as the growing industry recognition that health and safety is an ongoing, rather than a one-off activity. The range of courses, which have been revised to take the new CDM regulations into account, build on the well-respected ConstructionSkills Site Management Safety Training Scheme and are tailored to present an integrated programme of safety training from operative to management level.

Kevin Fear, Head of Health and Safety, ConstructionSkills, stated:

“It is worrying that large numbers of companies are providing insufficient or inadequate health and safety training to the extent that some workers are not being trained at all. Health and safety training needs to be properly planned and delivered so that it is not an ad-hoc activity that companies look at every few years in order to put a tick in a box. It is in recognition of this need that we have introduced Site Safety Plus. In light of the need for companies to be able to demonstrate the health and safety competence of their workforce, a key requirement of the CDM regulations, we would urge every construction company to re-think how they must integrate ongoing and planned health and safety training into their businesses”

The Site Safety Plus programme includes:

  • The one day Health and Safety Awareness course at Site Worker level – ideal for preparing employees for the ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test, one of the key stages in becoming CSCS accredited, but is suitable for anyone at operative level whatever their previous level of experience
  • The two day Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course, at Site Supervisor level
  • A three day additional Specialist Option at Site Supervisor level for Shopfitters and Interior Contractors
  • The five day Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), at Management Level
  • Refresher courses at both SSSTS and SMSTS level – recommended to be taken every three years


All Site Safety Plus courses are available through the National Construction College, and registered companies can claim CITB-ConstructionSkills Grant to help with the costs. Courses are supported by a range of publications and the SMSTS course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building, The Institute of Civil Engineers and The Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.

In light of the CDM and Work at Height Regulations, the CITB-ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test question bank is changing from 2 April 2007. The Test has been revised by a panel of industry experts to bring it up-to-date with all the recent changes in health and safety practice and legislation.

For further information, visit, call 01485 577 393 or email .

For further information see the attached press release.

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