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Construction Health and Safety Training

Browse our specialist construction specific training courses and NVQ qualifications. We offer high quality and recognised programmes appropriate for all levels of construction personnel, from senior management to site operatives.

CITB

CITB offers direct grants to registered employers for support in a wide range of training and qualifications for their employees working in Northern Ireland.
 
The good news is that all of Health Matters construction specific courses have been approved by the CITB NI from grant aid purposes.

Public Courses

The programme is aimed at all construction personnel including new entrants, to ensure that they have a basic knowledge of Health and Safety to comply with relevant legislation and make them aware of the inherent dangers on construction sites.

This course is aimed at site supervisors which are typically the lead representative of a sub-contractor or an assistant to the main contractors site manager. The course aims to provide a key understanding of how to supervise Health & Safety within a construction environment. 

This course is specifically designed to refresh knowledge and renew the certification of the Site Safety Supervisors (4 day) qualification. Please Note: An NVQ Level 3 or 4 in Site Supervision (or enrolment in) is required to obtain a full 4-year card, if not only a Dec 2024 renewal can be offered. 

This course is aimed at site managers which are typically the lead representative of the main contractor onsite. The course aims to provide a key understanding of how to manage Health & Safety within a construction environment. 

This course is aimed at those who have a responsibility for safety on a construction site. The course is ideal for managers or supervisors to equip them with the fundamental knowledge to identify scaffolding related hazards. 

This course is appropriate for anyone who is required to undertake basic manual handling activities as part of their job role. The course will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to help safeguard them from the associated risks. 

This course is aimed at anyone who holds or has a desire to hold health & safety responsibilities within a construction environment. The course is perfect for those embarking on a career in health and safety and is often a mandatory criterion within ‘officer’ and ‘advisor’ level job descriptions. 

This qualification is aimed at individuals who have progressed into site management positions based on workplace experience rather than prior academic achievement. It aims to recognise such individuals through the provision of an evidence-based qualification. 

This qualification is aimed at individuals who have progressed into site supervisory positions based on workplace experience rather than prior academic achievement. It aims to recognise such individuals through the provision of an evidence-based qualification. 

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FAQs about Construction Training

Construction can be defined as the process of building something, and it may involve work on a new build or alterations to an existing one. Construction works can occur on houses, roads, bridges, tunnels, or any other manufactured structure. It is also possible to imply the term construction to demolition, and other activities carried out by construction workers.

Therefore, construction health and safety training courses can be considered training covering health and safety content applicable to construction workers. For example, these courses may focus on raising awareness of specific construction-related hazards or communicating expectations to ensure workers operate safely.

Our high-quality construction health and safety training courses are designed and delivered by construction experts. This approach ensures that delegates gain the necessary skills to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. But not only that, also anyone else who may be affected by their construction site activities.

Safety in construction has had notable improvements. Despite this, some 60,000 people worldwide still die on construction sites annually. Added to this are two other shocking statistics. Firstly, there are 475 work-related accidents per minute. Furthermore, these accidents, illnesses, and deaths cost construction firms over 2 trillion pounds annually.

Based on these shocking statistics, it is evident that construction site staff require health and safety courses to improve the standards within the construction industry. Such training has contributed significantly to reducing such statistics and creating a safer and healthier construction site environment. They have done this by helping to ensure that health and safety hazards are recognised and effectively controlled.

Health and safety should be the number one priority for every construction firm. Nothing is more important than ensuring workers return home from work safe and healthy to their families who rely on them.

The construction safety course that construction workers should undertake depends on several factors. These factors include the seniority at which the construction worker operates. The decision is influenced by the hazards presented by the construction environment and the level of risk these present. Other factors such as client, main contractor, trade body stipulated requirements, or legislative requirements also contribute to the decision.

Employers within the construction sector have legal requirements to adhere to health, safety and wellbeing guidelines. Legislation set out by the Health and Safety at Work Order, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM). There is a range of health and safety regulations within these legislative frameworks. These are specific to varying work-related hazards. These outline the requirement for employees to be provided with suitable information, instruction and training. Employees undertaking construction health and safety courses can partially meet this requirement.

Our courses can have different structures.

Some courses run for extended periods, such as the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety Management UK which involves 68 taught hours, typically delivered over 10 full days. This is aimed at anyone with significant input into health and safety management systems.

Other courses are shorter in duration. For example, scaffolding inspection awareness course, manual handling awareness course, asbestos awareness course, abrasive wheels, and work at height awareness. In addition, managers, and supervisors such as site managers are catered for through alternative courses. Examples include the IOSH Safety, Health & Environment for Construction Site Managers course and the CEF’s Site Safety Supervisors course.

The higher-level construction safety courses have a significant focus on risk assessment. They also cover the management of health and safety to ensure the collective protection of the workforce.

Our instructors deliver high-quality construction health and safety courses online via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or WebEx. Delegates can also access online training via a self-directed e-learning portal. Alternatively, the traditional classroom-based learning method is available anywhere in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

CITB has approved our construction safety courses for grant aid purposes. As a result, construction clients may receive grant aid on their safety training of up to 75%.