Construction Industry Training Courses in Watford
Everyone on site has a responsibility for health and safety including identifying hazards to reduce the risk of accidents occurring. For the safety of their colleagues and the general public, everyone from the apprentice to the site manager should take responsibility for creating a safe environment and raising any concerns they may have.
Health and safety training is an important investment for businesses within the construction industry, helping to prevent accidents where possible and enable all workers to know how to operate safely in a higher risk environment.
We provide a range of health and safety courses in Watford for all levels of construction workers, from those just beginning their career to those with many years of experience or in supervisory roles.
Harrington Safety is an independent training provider, we provide our training courses in Watford flexibly to work around your business. We have a wide variety of half day, full day, weekend and online courses to choose from. We can provide our courses to just 1 or 2 people or an entire workforce, working with your business to provide the best solution for staff to achieve their CITB, PASMA and IPAF courses as well as other additional qualifications.
The courses we provide are led by experienced industry professionals who have formerly worked on a construction sites and understand the potential challenges and demands workers can face – providing them with a realistic view of how to apply health and safety legislation and best practice on site.
Courses are designed to be interactive so that delegates feel comfortable to participate in class discussions, group work and ask questions to clarify anything they don’t understand. This inclusive way of teaching allows information to be easier to retain.
All of the courses and qualifications we provide are recognised by the relevant governing body and most certificates are valid for 5 years, which can be renewed before expiry with a refresher course in most circumstances.
We also provide the HSA course which forms part of the qualification needed for the CSCS green card. Delegates will also need to take an additional environmental touch screen test to meet the full requirements for the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme. A CSCS card is usually the minimum requirement for construction staff to work on site, so is an essential qualification.
Health and Safety Training
We have many health and safety courses in Watford that are only half a day, which can be fit in around the working day or be partnered with another half day course to create a tailored training day. Our training courses in Watford cover manual handling, asbestos awareness, abrasive wheels, petrol driven cut off saws and Cat and Genny.
Manual handling is responsible for many workplace accidents and injuries and is often forgotten. It is important to know how to lift, move and set down heavy items safely to prevent musculoskeletal injuries such as back pain, shoulder pain and neck injury.
We are all now aware of the risk of asbestos, working on buildings that predate the year 2000 could lead to a risk of exposure, so this course aims to provide delegates with the knowledge of how to identify and reduce exposure to asbestos in a safe and responsible way.
Our abrasive wheels course will provide delegates with the knowledge to select and fit abrasive wheels in line with the manufacturers guidelines and legislation. On this course, delegates will learn about the different types of wheels and disks available and how to operate this tool safely.
If anyone on your site plans on using petrol driven cut off saws, we recommend our course to provide them with an understanding of the risks involved and how to operate this tool safely to minimise the chance of injury.
Finally, our Cat and Genny training covers how to use this tool for groundwork or excavation works to avoid damage to service lines running underground as well as injury to themselves.
First aid is an essential skill for anyone to hold but is particularly relevant on a construction site where accidents or injuries can easily occur. The key factor in attending to an accident is timing. Having trained first aid staff on site is essential for the protection of all workers while waiting for an ambulance to arrive or stemming a bleed or injury until the person can be taken to hospital.
Our first aid courses in Watford will provide delegates with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to act quickly in an emergency to provide early intervention care before a medical professional can take over.
The first aid training courses in Watford that we provide include emergency first aid, first aid at work and mental health first aid. More and more businesses are understanding the need to provide mental health support for their staff. Delegates on this training course will be provided with the knowledge of how to support colleagues and suggest resources and services that could be helpful.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the governing board responsible for providing training to the construction industry. It aims to provide construction workers with the training they need to identify potential hazards on site and understand the legislation which is in place to keep everyone safe and who takes responsibility for running a site in a safe and responsible way.
Our CITB courses in Watford can be taken in person or online, providing a safe solution during the challenges we face during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Our online CITB courses are provided via Zoom and are identical in format and style as they would be in person. The online training is provided over live video with other delegates so debate and discussion can take place as normal.
Discussions, quizzes, activities and interaction are still greatly encouraged for delegates to aid with the learning process. Those attending the online course will be provided with a link to join the online session at a dedicated time and delegates will need access to the internet, a camera and microphone.
Tests at the end of the course will go ahead as normal, conducted online and invigilated by the trainer via the camera. Those who complete the CITB course successfully will receive a CITB accredited certificate valid for 5 years.
The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is designed for site managers and supervisors or anyone who will oversee others on site. The Watford SMSTS course is run over 5 days and consists of a mix of case studies, group work and class discussions to provide an interactive environment and engage delegates with the material.
The SMSTS course in Watford covers areas such as CDM regulations, confined spaces, demolition, scaffolding, electricity, excavations and working at height as well as all of the relevant legislation.
Those who complete the course successfully will obtain the CITB SMSTS certificate – this is valid for 5 years.
The Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) is aimed at site supervisors and managers and provides them with the knowledge of the legal responsibilities they hold to maintain health and safety, welfare and environmental issues on site.
The course covers health and safety legislation, common site issues, occupational health, behavioural safety and presenting toolbox talks effectively.
The SSSTS course in Watford is run across 2 days and is a mix of class discussions, group work and individual or group presentations to demonstrate the knowledge gained during the course. The course concludes with a multiple choice test and those who pass will receive the CITB SSSTS certificate which is valid for 5 years.
IPAF Training Courses
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the leading accrediting body and authority for mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs). Over 100,000 people a year take an IPAF training course, which has made them some of the most popular and well-recognised courses in the construction industry.
There are a number of courses available to delegates. We offer a full range of IPAF training, the most popular being the dual category 3a – mobile vertical (scissor lift) and 3b – mobile boom (cherry picker) course. If you aren’t sure which one is right for you and your team, we will be able to advise you.
Harrington Safety are an accredited IPAF approved Watford training centre, meaning that we conduct all of our training in-house for your convenience. Our courses are aimed at operators, supervisors and managers and are all taught by those with years of experience in their relevant fields. Ranging in length from half day to 1 day, these courses are suited to a wide range of clients.
PASMA Training Courses
The Prefabricated Access Supplier’s and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) is the leading accrediting body for mobile access towers and is recognised all over the world. We are an accredited PASMA training centre, and we are able to provide our clients with all of the training and support that they need.
Here at Harrington Safety, we are pleased to be able to offer a number of PASMA training courses. We currently offer courses on towers for users, low level access, towers on stairs, towers with cantilevers, working at height, towers for managers and towers for bridging. All of these are taught by experienced professionals, which has made us one of the most popular PASMA training centres in the area.
If you need some help choosing the right course, we would love to help point you in the right direction. We’re on hand to answer all of your questions and give you the information that you need.
CSCS Green Card Certification
For those looking to qualify for their CSCS green card certification, it is required to complete 2 qualifications to qualify for the card. One of these is the HSA course which is a 1 day course we can provide at Harrington Safety. This will need to be followed up with a touch screen environmental test to qualify for the CSCS card which is valid for 5 years.
Work at Height Courses
Naturally, working at height can be dangerous. For anyone working at height, it is important to know how to keep safe when using scaffolding, ladders, platforms and powered access equipment.
As one of the biggest causes of fatal and serious injuries, proper training to work at height is essential to understand the measures that must be followed and how to use life-saving PPE.
Our working at height courses in Watford consist of a choice of half day courses which can be taken on their own or combined with another course for a tailor made training day. We can even provide training on site where the required facilities exist, adding a further element of context to the training.
The courses available include harness use, harness inspection, steps, ladders, harness and leading edge as well as how to identify potential hazards.
The half day harness and leading edge course in Watford is specifically designed for anyone who will be working at height and using a personal fall protection harness, lanyards or a fall arrest block. Delegates will leave with the confidence to choose the right personal fall protection equipment for the job and how to efficiently complete a full pre-use inspection.
Our working at height training courses in Watford are appropriate for anyone who will be working at height such as scaffolders, roofers and bricklayers for example.
Face Fit Testing
For anyone working with fumes or dust that can be dangerous with prolonged exposure or make the environment difficult to breathe in, PPE such as respiratory protection equipment (RPE) is essential for protection of the lungs.
Face fit testing is a way to ensure that face masks are correctly fitted to each individual and do not allow any leaks or exposure to dust or harmful fumes. It is the safest and most efficient way to ensure a mask is fitted as securely as possible.
During our face fit testing in Watford, delegates will initially complete a taste test to ensure they can taste the bitter solution used to complete the test, this confirms that when the qualitative test is undertaken it will provide accurate test results. Once this is confirmed, they will need to complete a number of different exercises during the fit test to see if the mask moves. The fit test is complete when the series of tasks have been completed without any taste being noticed.
We ask that participants are clean shaven as facial hair can compromise the effectiveness of the mask, disturbing the seal and allowing leaks. Face fit testing cannot be undertaken if you are not clean shaven as facial hair causes leaks in the mask fitting. We also ask that delegates do not eat, drink (except water), chew gum, smoke or vape for an hour before the test to provide the most accurate result. They will need to bring their mask with them to the training.
Face fit testing should be repeated every 2 years or when there are any significant changes to the individual such as weight loss or gain, ageing or a significant change in a facial feature.
Why Choose Harrington Safety?
Those looking for training courses in Watford for construction workers, Harrington Safety provide a range of tailored options to fit the needs of your business and develop a training schedule that suits. Our varied selection of health and safety courses in Watford will ensure you meet the required health and safety standards and qualifications for all staff members.
Our team of course trainers all have personal experience of working in the construction industry and their former experience allows them to be sympathetic to the challenges you face and the common hazards that can occur or the results of non-compliance.
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For businesses and individuals looking for health and safety courses in Watford, Harrington Safety are the leading choice for efficient training and flexibility. Get in touch with us to discuss your training requirements.
As an independent training provider, we can be flexible and work with you to create a tailored training schedule that fits around your businesses.
You can book places on our courses online or if you would like to find out more about any of the courses we offer, please fill out our enquiry form and one of our advisors will be in touch. You can also call us on 0800 059 0599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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