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CITB Health & Safety Awareness – HSA

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CITB Health & Safety Awareness – HSA

Qualification Title

CITB Site Safety Plus - Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction


Operative and labourer

Total Qual. Time

1 Day
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About The Course

This one-day health and safety awareness course is designed to aid the understanding of potential hazards the construction worker may face on site.

It provides a practical summary of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues. It identifies the delegate’s responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, outlines the employer’s duties and explains what should be done if the worker thinks that anyone’s health and safety is being put at risk.

The course is an ideal foundation for those wishing to obtain a construction industry CSCS card, by completing this course and successfully completing this course and the CITB Health, Safety & Environmental Test you would be eligible to apply for the CSCS Labourer Card.

Course Content

This course is endorsed by Build UK and upon completion of the course candidates will be able to: 
principles of risk assessment of maintaining and improving health and safety at work
importance of safe manual handling in the workplace
importance of working safely at height in the workplace
risks to health within a construction environment
importance of working around plant and equipment safely

Frequently asked questions about the CITB Health and Safety Awareness course

What Does HSA stand for?

"HSA (SSP)," means Health and Safety Awareness (SSP – Site Safety Plus), this is a course to provide health and safety best practice to meet legal requirements for working within the construction industry. This qualification is one of the requirements for achieving the CSCS Green Labours Card if you don’t currently hold a valid Construction NVQ.

What is the CITB Health and Safety Awareness course (SSP)?

The CITB Health and Safety Awareness course, also known as the Site Safety Plus (SSP) course, is designed to provide essential health and safety knowledge and awareness to individuals working in the construction industry. It covers key topics such as understanding hazards, risk assessments, and safe working practices.

Who should attend the CITB Health and Safety Awareness course?

The course is suitable for anyone working in the construction industry, including site operatives, supervisors, and managers. It is often a requirement for obtaining a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Green Labourer Card.

How long is the course duration?

The CITB Health and Safety Awareness course typically lasts for one day, with a duration of approximately seven hours. The minimum duration of the course is specified by CITB.

What will I learn during the course?

The course covers various health and safety topics, including legal responsibilities, common hazards on construction sites, risk assessments, accident prevention, and the importance of following safe working practices. It aims to increase your awareness and understanding of health and safety in the construction industry.

Is there an exam or assessment at the end of the course?

The CITB Health and Safety Awareness course does have a formal exam. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions.

Will I receive a certificate upon completing the course?

Yes, upon successful completion of the CITB Health and Safety Awareness course, you will receive a certificate that is valid for five years. This certificate can be used as evidence of your health and safety training.

Is the CITB Health and Safety Awareness course mandatory?

The course itself is not mandatory; however, many employers and construction sites require individuals to have completed this course before allowing them on-site. Additionally, it is often a prerequisite for obtaining the CSCS Green Labourer Card.

Can I renew my CITB Health and Safety Awareness certificate?

No, the CITB Health and Safety Awareness certificate cannot be renewed. To maintain valid certification, you will need to retake the course after the certificate's expiry, which is typically five years from the date of issue.

Can I use the CITB Health and Safety Awareness certificate for any other purposes?

While the certificate is primarily associated with the construction industry, the knowledge and awareness gained through the course can be valuable in other workplaces as well. However, it's always advisable to check with the specific requirements of your industry or employer.

Can the HSA course be taken online?

Yes, this can be taken using a laptop where the training provider will send you a meeting link to be able to join the course from any location of your choice, this method of course is delivered by an instructor who you will be able to interact with for the duration of your course. This style of course is delivered the same way as a face-to-face classroom course.
An alternative option is you can attend a CITB e-Learning course, this can be taken in your own time over several days if required, there is no tutor support with this course.

Grant Claims

The Health and Safety Awareness course is eligible for a Tier 1 Grant claim, this grant can only be claimed once per candidate per lifetime and the grant does not renew.

If dates are required for a classroom version of this course please contact us on 01623 287830 For Availability
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