SMSTS Course in Cornwall – Dates Available

We have course dates available for our SMSTS Course which is delivered in Cornwall, near Redruth.

The SMSTS Course (site managers safety training scheme) is a highly regarded and recognised training course for construction managers and directors.

Cost is £545+vat, and dates are available below:

CourseCode / DateTimeDurationLocationCost / Availability
CITB Site Managers Safety Training Scheme Refresher181010/SMSTSR
10 October 2018
08:15 - 17:00 (approx)2 Days (Wednesdays)Redruth, Cornwall£295+vat
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CITB Site Managers Safety Training Scheme181114/SMSTS
14 November 2018
08:15 - 17:00 (approx)5 Days (Wednesdays for 5 weeks)Redruth, Cornwall£545+vat
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Scaffold Inspection Service

We are pleased to be able to offer a new service to carry out inspections of tube and fitting scaffolds.

Inspections are carried out to meet the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations, including regular inspection of working platforms (every 7 days).

We have recently completed training in Advanced Scaffold Inspection, and hold the CISRS Advanced Scaffold Inspection cards.

In order to carry out inspections of scaffold, we require the scaffold design, or TG20 compliance sheets.

Please contact us for more information on this service.

Silica dust

1024px-Silicosis_simpleSilica dust generated from cutting concrete and stone products, can cause silicosis and other lung disorders later in life. Make sure your staff are using water-suppression to keep dust down (wet cutting), and wear a P3 rated mask when using power tools to cut concrete or other stone products.

Why is CHAS so difficult?

CHAS is a well known and recognised health and safety assessment, but it can be a very difficult accreditation to achieve.

CHAS carries out an assessment of your health and safety provision, and will add you to their suppliers list and give you a certificate to show that you have passed. However, having CHAS do the assessment isn’t the only way to get a CHAS certificate.

CHAS is a member of the SSIP Forum (Safety Schemes in Procurement). This means that they should assess you H&S procedures in the same way as every other forum member company (and there are lots of others).

All of the SSIP forum members (including CHAS) assess your H&S procedures according to the PAS:91 government specification for contractor H&S assessments.

However, not all of the SSIP forum member organisations work in the same way:

Some will be based in a single office, with all the assessors regularly talking to each other,  and training each other, which makes the application process more predictable and easier.

Some (like CHAS) will rely on external consultants based all over the country, with no regular communication, and each with their own specialisms, preferences and pet-hates. This makes the application process very dependant on the assessor you get, and so much more unpredictable, and difficult.

Some SSIP members will assess your application to the PAS91 standard. This standard was written to assess whether a contractor has sufficient H&S provision to safely work as a sub-contractor on an external site, or principal contractor for a client.

The standard does not require that you have done PAT testing on your own office equipment, or a fire assessment for your workshop, or detailed tests and calibration on tools that you do not use on site.

However, some SSIP members (CHAS) will want to see all of this information. We are not saying that this is a bad thing, and you should certainly be doing it if it applies to your company. But, it hardly seems fair for a company to pay hundreds of pounds for an assessment, then fail it on the basis that you have not had PAT testing done, when this is not actually part of the specifications that you are supposed to be assessed to.

So, CHAS has lots of independent assessors spread across the country, and they do not assess to the core PAS:91 standard. This makes it much more difficult to achieve the accreditation than it should be.

We’ll soon be posting how you get around this problem, and our preference when it comes to choosing an SSIP member to carry out your assessment.

CSCS Health and Safety Course – New Date Set

Due to high demand, we have an extra date for the Health and Safety Awareness course on 2/12/16

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

CSCS Health and Safety Course (02 December)

Other courses we have running are :

SMSTS Site Managers Course 20 Oct 2016

Just 2 weeks until our next SMSTS course.

We have a few spaces left on our Site Managers course on 20/10/16, but the deadline for bookings is approaching.

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (20 October for 5 Thursdays)

Other courses we have running are :

CSCS Health and Safety Course – 14 Oct 2016

Just 3 weeks until our next Health and Safety Awareness course.

We have a few spaces left on our health and safety awareness course on 14/10/16, but the deadline for bookings is approaching.

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

CSCS Health and Safety Course (14 October)

Other courses we have running are :

H&S Course dates for late 2016

We have just published our course dates for the last half of 2016.

Courses include:

Please remember that there is no longer a 6-month grace period on the CITB Site-Safety-Plus qualifications. If your certificate expires, you will need to re-site the entire course, rather than doing the shorter refresher course. This applies to: