Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers

From the 1st January 2020, the  Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers course has replaced the Managing Safely for Construction training course.

This course is designed for participants to gain knowledge as well as build competency in construction safety.  It is popular with site foremen, site managers, project managers, safety officers, contract managers, etc.

Available as an Onsite Course

Available as a Public Course

Course Objectives

Upon successfully completion of this Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers Course, participants will be able to understand:

  • Unique issues to be managed in the construction industry to protect employees, contractors, neighbours and others
  • Health & safety management systems
  • How to outline relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practise, and guidance notes and know where to source such information.
  • Distinguishing between the duties and responsibilities of the employer and employee, contractor and sub- contractor.
  • The importance of good leadership and employee consultation
  • Importance of risk assessment and risk control.
  • Site requirements prior to construction
  • The management of plant and equipment.
  • Key elements of setting up a construction site
  • Hazards and control measures for a range of areas including:
    • Excavations
    • Working at Height
    • Confined Spaces
    • Hazardous Substances
    • Lone Working
    • Vibration
    • Mental Health
    • Asbestos
    • Temporary Works
    • Electricity
Course Topics

The learner will understand:


Local law & enforcement

  • the basics of law
  • the legal duties of the employer, self-employed and employees in the prevention of accidents
  • the powers and enforcement options of the local health and safety enforcement bodies
  • the benefits of putting a robust health and safety policy in place
  • the legal requirements for the provision of information, training and instruction
  • the main provisions of the Construction Regulations 2013


Preparing for work – general management of the site, workers and contractors

  • the principles of good leadership, management and employee consultation, engagement and influencing behaviour
  • why good site inductions and communication are critical in ensuring a site remains safe
  • the importance of competent, trained site personnel
  • the importance of toolbox talks to convey / reinforce health and safety messages
  • the importance of risk assessments and the development process
  • PPE / RPE requirements
  • typical signage and its significance
  • the importance of method statements
  • the use of permits to work
  • typical emergency scenarios and procedures for dealing with these
  • the importance of drills and tests
  • requirements for site first-aid arrangements
  • key considerations for managing fire hazards
  • responsibilities for managing fire risks
  • the importance of managing environmental aspects and impacts related to construction projects
  • a range of local and global environmental impacts
  • the main environmental elements to be protected and the actions to be taken in order to achieve this
  • common ecological issues pertaining to construction sites and the management arrangements required
  • causes of nuisance and measures to mitigate nuisance
  • how land can become contaminated and the actions required to manage work on contaminated ground
  • the pollution pathway, causes of pollution and prevention measures
  • different types of waste
  • the waste control hierarchy and how to manage waste control documentation and processes.

Setting up the site

  • site requirements for the welfare of construction workers on site
  • management of plant and equipment, including mobile plant
  • the importance of segregating vehicles and pedestrians and maintaining a safe site
  • the hazards and controls for slips, trips and falls
  • the key elements of setting out a construction site

Construction phase health and safety

  • legal and procedural issues associated with the management of lifting operations
  • how to manage lifting operations safely
  • inspection regime for lifting equipment
  • excavation risks
  • control and management of excavation work
  • control and management of confined spaces
  • rescue procedures from confined spaces
  • control and management of fixed electrical systems and electrical equipment on site
  • emergency procedures for electrical incidents
  • the control of the management of overhead and underground services
  • the control of the management of temporary works
  • management of mobile, lone and out-of-hours workers
  • the key issues and control of working at height including:
    • plans and risk assessments
    • roofs and fragile surfaces
    • common access equipment
    • working platforms and ladders
    • management, use and stability of scaffolds
    • fall arrest and suspension equipment
    • the hazards and risks of work equipment, including mobile plant and machinery, and the methods to control use of these
    • the key issues and controls associated with mental health
    • hazards, risks and control of asbestos
    • hazards, risks and control of lead
    • hazards, risks and control of noise
    • hazards, risks and control of vibration
    • hazards, risks and control of manual handling activities
    • hazards, risks and control of hazardous substances
    • hazards, risks and identification of drug and alcohol problems in the workplace
  • the importance of measuring, monitoring and reporting health and safety performance in the workplace
  • the use of information to demonstrate that health and safety is being managed effectively
  • factors to consider when building and preparing for an inspection


  • why accidents occur, through investigation of root causes
  • human factors and their role in accidents
  • the reporting of accidents and incidents and how this can be used to identify trends in the workplace
  • how to identify and implement corrective actions


A maximum of 15 participants can attend each Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers training session.


Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers  training sessions are 4/5-days in duration, or 30 hours course time.


On successful competition of the Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers course participants will receive an Accredited Certificate. The certification will expire after 3-years.


Participants are required to renew their training by completing a Managing Safely Construction Refresher Training course . Renewals should happen before the certification expires, or sooner if indicated by their company’s risk assessment.

Course Entry Requirements

  1. Participants must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Bring Photo I.D. on day of Assessment

Site Requirements

There are no special site requirements  associated with this course.

Public Course Dates

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