Why You Should Take the Project Manager SMSTS

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) aims to help people keep up to date with construction health and safety issues so they can manage health and safety on construction sites and comply with the relevant health and safety legislation.

A Project Manager SMSTS Course is vital for anyone involved in project management.

Project Manager SMSTS

What does the Project Manager SMSTS Course cover?

The Project Manager SMSTS Course covers the current legislation that project managers need to be up to date with, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and the CDM Regulations 2007.

It also covers practical health and safety matters such as:

  • Site set-up
  • How to carry out risk assessments
  • Control hazards and risks
  • How to draft method statements
  • How to disseminate information

Other areas covered include:

  • Recent changes in best practices
  • Recent changes in approved codes of practice
  • Behavioural safety
  • The management of occupational health

What form does the Project Manager SMSTS Course take?

The Project Manager SMSTS course is run over five days. It is an interactive course and it includes:

  • Case studies
  • Classroom discussion
  • Group work
  • Individual and group presentations

Project managers attending the course are expected to participate in all of the group activities and are continually assessed throughout. At the end of the course there is also a multiple choice test that needs to be passed.

Provided the project manager has attended all of the course’s sessions and the continual assessment and multiple choice test are passed, a Project Manager SMSTS Certificate is awarded.

This certificate is valid for five years and demonstrates that the holder understands safe site management.

There are no entry requirements, other than that people attending the Project Manager SMSTS Course need to be proficient in both spoken and written English.

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How long is the Project Manager SMSTS Certificate valid for?

Health and safety is constantly changing. Safer working practices can be devised from lessons learnt through accident investigations.

New processes, materials and equipment are introduced and these can result in new health and safety risks which need to be assessed and managed. In addition, health and safety legislation, approved codes of practice, and best working practices are being updated all of the time.

Because of this, the Project Manager SMSTS Certificate is only valid for five years. This ensures that anyone holding a Project Manager STSTS Certificate is up-to-date with the current legislation and best working practices.

This, in turn, helps make workplaces safer, resulting in reduced workplace accidents, illnesses and increased business performance.

SMSTS refresher course

At the end of the five year period, certificate holders can renew their certificate by attending a refresher course. This refresher course takes a similar form to the main, five-day Project Manager SMSTS Course, although it is held over two days rather than five.

Again, there is continual assessment throughout the course and a multiple choice test at the end, and provided both of those are passed, the Project Manager SMSTS Certificate will be renewed for a further five years.

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