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SMSTS and COSHH - Health and Safety Training

COSHH, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, is a broad subject which has an impact on virtually every worker no matter what their particular industry. Although most people assume that COSHH risks only exist in workplaces involving extremely hazardous chemicals such as heavy duty manufacturing, even employees in workplaces such as restaurants will have the potential to come into some form of hazardous substance such as dust or cleaning fluids.

Its wide-ranging nature means that as well as being a stand-alone topic for a health and safety course, COSHH is also covered in a variety of health and safety courses. One such course is the CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme, or SMSTS for short. An SMSTS course is aimed at construction site managers and project managers, and deals with a number of different areas concerning the safe operation of a construction site, as well as complying with all applicable regulations and legislation.

The SMSTS course syllabus looks at the main COSHH hazards that may be present on a construction site, making managers aware of their duties to their workers with regards to COSHH, and informing them of the relevant health and safety legislation which they need to know.

Our COSHH training is run primarily as a tailored, bespoke course which deals with the specific risks and substances that your workers may encounter. This is much more effective than a general course which deals more with theory and may focus on substances which your staff would never come into contact with during the course of their work duties.

For those wishing to undertake SMSTS training, we offer courses in a variety of locations across the UK. If you have a number of employees requiring training, we can also come to your premises and run an in-house course. If you would like to find out more about COSHH training, including prices and how we can tailor training to you, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form with your requirements by clicking on the 'Contact' tab at the top of the page.

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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