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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.


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

Occupational Relevance

This course is for you if you’re considering, or already have, responsibilities for planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff e.g. site manager.


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

Entry Requirements


There are no formal entry requirements, however, delegates should hold, or be about to hold, the role of a site manager. Previous health and safety knowledge is recommended. Those without previous health and safety management experience are recommended to sit the two-day SSSTS course. Delegates must be competent in written and spoken English necessary for operating efficiently at site management level.



Module 1 - Legal and management​

  • Health and safety law

  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 

  • Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations

  • Health and safety management systems

  • Risk assessments and method statements

  • Induction and training

  • Effective communication

  • Leadership and worker engagement

  • Inspection and audit

  • Statutory forms, notices and registers

  • Accident prevention, control, reporting and investigation

Module 2 - Health and welfare

  • Management of health

  • Welfare facilities

  • Stress and mental health at work

  • Drugs and alcohol

  • Control of substances hazardous to health

  • Lead

  • Asbestos

  • Dust and fumes

  • Noise

  • Vibration

  • Manual handling

Module 3 - General safety

  • Site organisation

  • Fire prevention and control, and dangerous substances

  • Electrical safety

  • Temporary works

  • Work equipment and hand-held tools

  • Mobile work equipment

  • Lifting operations and equipment

  • Mobile workforce and driver safety

Module 4 - High risk activities

  • Work at height regulations

  • Working at height

  • Common access equipment

  • Scaffolding

  • Fall arrest and suspension equipment

  • Excavations

  • Underground and overhead services

  • Confined spaces


This is a five-day course. Delegates are required to complete the full course to be eligible for certification.



To successfully achieve the course, delegates must:

  • Complete four core exercises

  • Pass the trainer review and

  • Pass the end of course exam.


Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded certification by CITB for the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

Certificates are valid for five years upon which a CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme - Refresher (SMSTS-R) must be completed.

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