Although it is important for all employees to have training in health and safety requirements, there is a need for anyone in a managerial, supervisory or organisational role to have additional training. These people will need to know the same training and safety elements that all on-site employees have but there will be additional information and knowledge required as well. This is where the information contained within the SMSTS Course can go a long way to ensuring that the health and safety of the construction workplace is fully considered and maintained.
Anyone in a site management or supervisory role must be up to date with all of the current legislation and legal provisions which impact on the workplace. There is also a need for them to be able to understand the relevant legislation, how it relates to their company and how it impacts on the workforce. Each supervisor or manager has a duty of care to take care of their employees (within reason), which is why having an understanding of the legislation and the responsibilities they have is very important. The lessons learned on the SMSTS Course should ensure that the workplace has managers who are aware of their duties and the SSSTS Course should do the same for supervisors.
A large part of the role for any site manager is risk assessment and although this can be often be a straightforward task for a trained individual, if people are not sure of what they are doing, it can lead to difficulties and danger. The SMSTS Course provides a great overview of what risk assessment is and how it should be applied in the construction workplace. Being able to spot any hazards or potential dangers is a key factor in being able to prevent accidents from occurring so having an awareness of risk assessment is something that every manager and supervisor should have.
One of the big reasons why a manager or supervisor needs to be fully informed about the health and safety legislation is down to the fact that they need to ensure their employees follow the rules and guidelines as well.
There is a need for supervisors to motivate their staff and to ensure they conform to the expected standard of working behaviour on site or in the workplace. Taking the SMSTS Course will see every site manager being shown ways in which they can motivate their staff to put health and safety first. This is also likely to have benefits in their other managerial roles and duties, though the safety benefits will be the primary aim of the course.
By the end of the SMSTS Course, all attendees should be able to understand and implement health and safety legislation in their workplace. There should always be a greater awareness of the welfare of the workforce and of the importance of environmental legislation. 'Best practice' is a term that is often used in management circles but this is because working in this manner is of great benefit to any company. Understanding the industry best practice benchmarks is the key to the success of an organisation and this is another area where managers will benefit from in using this course.