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SMSTS - A Manager Should Lead by Example

In pretty much every industry, workers will look up to management and expect them to show leadership and provide guidance for them. And just as a child will copy the actions of their parents, so too will workers copy the actions of their manager.

On a construction site, as it is in other industries, it is up to the manager to set an example and to enforce rules. When it comes to health and safety on a construction site, it is the responsibility of the site manager to do this, which is why the syllabus on qualifications such as SMSTS courses place so much emphasis on the responsibility of site managers to implement and enforce safety rules whilst on site.

It is also important for the site manager to prove their commitment to health and safety by doing rather than just saying. If they talk about the need for safe working practices on site but then do not stick to them themselves and take risks, not only will what they say lose all credibility, but their workers will also begin to copy them and their dangerous actions.

As well as setting a good example, a good site manager should step in and put a stop to any activity where a worker is not following procedures or is working in an unsafe manner. Turning a blind eye not only condones the practice, but means that everyone is at risk as the incident that could result may affect everyone around e.g. if it were to cause an explosion or a fire.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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