How to deliver a great tool box talk


Ideally delivered by the Supervisors/ line Managers
Make sure its not generic.
Schedule it prior to starting the shift.
Do it at the coalface on site.
Make sure its relevant to something that has happened on site or something that is a potential hazard.
Don’t drag it out get to the point short and concise about 10 minutes.
Make it interesting and amusing put in the odd safety quiz
Make sure it circulated to all contractors.
Get workers to participate
Encourage hazard spotting and the best hazards spots should be highlighted in the TBT with nominated charities receiving reward.

The results
Promoting Safety awareness and getting workers to get actively involved.
Making workers have a greater Awareness of their surroundings.
It provides vital information to workers if delivered correctly you could be having a positive influence on a positive safety culture.
It provides vital information on accidents near misses, and causes of accidents, and will encourage the reporting of these.
It helps to encourage workers to discuss their experiences that help to review safety procedures in future.

SMSTS Courses Gateshead (New Venue)


We will now be delivering our CITB accredited courses from our new venue at the Design works.

Venue address: William Street, Gateshead, NE10 0JP,

Courses to be held here include the 5 day Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) the 2 day Site Supervisors (SSSTS) and the 1 day Health & Safety Awareness for Green card holders.

Getting there:

site with easy access from A184

A 5 minute walk from felling metro and 10 minute walk from Heworth mainline train station

There is ample free parking


How to become a Site Manager



Construction sites have the potential to be dangerous places –  You’ll need quite a few civil engineering and health and safety qualifications before you can start applying for roles like this one. You’ll also need general experience working within the construction industry.

  • Get good grades at GCSE and A-level (or equivalent)
  • Apply for a degree in civil engineering (entry requirements vary, so check the specifics with the course provider)
  • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme certificate (SMSTS)
  • Excellent computer skills – you’ll need a good working knowledge of Word, Excel, Project and Outlook
  • Work towards getting chartered status


 Other routes


Do the CIOB level 4 Certificate in Construction Site Management which is designed for Supervisors and assistant Site Managers who are progressing into the Construction Site Manager role.


The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision is aimed at learners working for a principal contractor, but sub-contractor supervisors can also attend this course but will complete the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision.


This route is popular with time served tradesmen such as Carpenters & Bricklayers etc, the hand’s on experience bodes well to undertake this role.


The Role

You’ll usually be employed by building companies and specialist subcontractors. You can also work for local authorities, government departments, and other organisations like utility and engineering firms.

Your daily activities may include:

  • checking plans with architects, surveyors and engineers
  • hiring staff and buying materials
  • planning work schedules
  • monitoring building progress and costs
  • Quality control
  • Liaising with clients In charge of health and safety performance of the site.
  • Main point of contact for subcontractors and the public.
  • As a senior manager, you may need to oversee several projects at the same time.




Health & Safety Awareness Darlington



We will now be delivering Health & Safety Awareness courses at our new site based in Darlington, to cope with increasing demand.

Located just off the A66 on the outskirts of Darlington the new venue is within the Morton Park Training Centre next door to the Morrisons supermarket, with free ample parking and fantastic facilities.

The Aims and objectives of this course are to:

Ensure that newcomers to the construction industry are fully aware of the potential Hazards they might might face in this environment, it will provide a practical summary of health and welfare issues.

The course will help them identify what is expected of them and there employers what they need to do in the event of an accident or incident, to whom and how they should report any unsafe acts or conditions.

How they can contribute to site health and safety in a positive way, have a basic understanding of health and safety law, an understanding of the need for method statements and risk assessments.


Grace Period for the SMSTS changes



The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has recently announced a dramatic change in the Site Safety Plus Scheme Rules.

Delegates who have exceeded the six-month grace period are not eligible to take the refresher course.

Any delegate who is accepted onto a course outside of the grace period will NOT be

processed as achieving the certificate.

The current grace period process will continue until the 31st of December 2015 after that the grace period will not be valid without a formal appeal to the CITB.

If delegates miss the deadline they will need to re-sit the full 5 day SMSTS course.


If you would like to book a refresher course please call our Head Office on 01642 315909 or email