The one day TWSTC is designed to help those who have responsibility for supervising all forms of temporary works on site. The course seeks to improve the knowledge of this role and the temporary works environment.
Temporary works are safety-and-business critical and require careful co-ordination. An accepted way of achieving this is through the adoption of the management process outlined in BS 5975:2019, which introduces the temporary works supervisor (TWS) as a key figure. This course explains the role and its overall management context.
Temporary works on both smaller and larger sites can be high risk activities. Therefore, understanding the essentials of good risk management, as outlined in BS 5975:2019, is relevant for projects of all sizes. The course gives emphasis throughout to the importance of communication, co-ordination, co-operation and competency (the 4C’s), risk management, safety and business relations, allowing the TWS to :
- understand the need for and duties of a TWS
- understand the roles of others
- have a detailed knowledge and understanding of BS 5975 in respect of this role
The course is based on BS5975:2019 and includes group tutorials.
A detailed course workbook will be provided for each learner. The workbook contains typical temporary works documents and templates, key notes on BS 5975:2019, case studies, glossary of terms, a section on legislation and a summary of where other relevant guidance can be sourced.
It does not involve structural calculations.
The main aim of this course is to focus on the processes involved in temporary works, commonly with particular attention on the role of the TWS.
These courses are not temporary works technical courses, although there are elements of technical awareness that are signposted throughout and that are included in the course exercises.
Attendance does not confer competency as a TWS: this comes from a mixture of education, training and experience, and should be judged by an appropriate senior individual, usually referred to as the designated individual (DI).
Training is considered an essential element of TWS competence.
The TWSTC course will cover the following topics:
- The need for and duties of a TWS
- The other key roles involved in temporary works
- The use of BS 5975:2019 in relation to the role
- Typical documents used in temporary works
- Other legislation and guidance that interact with temporary works
- The importance of the 4 Cs: communication, co-ordination, co-operation and competence
- The need for risk management
Learners are expected to have a working knowledge of the following legislation:
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
- The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992
- The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
- The Work at Height Regulations 2005
A key issue for temporary works is health and safety, so learners need to be prepared to discuss how health and safety legislation is relevant to temporary works, as well as which Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) and guidance notes may assist or contribute to safe practices in temporary works.
Learners need to be prepared to discuss and explore all the core health and safety factors that are integrated into temporary works processes at all stages of a project, from initiation to closure. They will need to have a working knowledge of all associated legislation, specifically the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 in terms of its intentions and compliance. Learners must also have a thorough understanding of health and safety principles and understand the importance of risk management, design considerations, inspection and testing and recording and monitoring requirements.
Learners who have achieved a certificate approved against the Health and Safety in Construction Site Supervision standard (such as SSSTS or SSSTS -R) or the Health and Safety in Construction Site Management standard (such as SMSTS or SMSTS -R) will have gained the knowledge to meet these expectations. This is not a mandatory pre-requisite, but learners with these achievements will benefit from having this knowledge before attending the course.
Learners may find it helpful to complete the free Temporary works awareness eLearning provided by CITB. Please see link below to access course:
The method of assessment is an end-of-course examination as well as the delegates being expected to be interactive during the course.