CHSG Launches Temporary Works Training Courses

The Construction Health & Safety Group (CHSG) officially launched a series of national training courses at Arup’s headquarters in London in July.

Temporary works is a widely used expression in the construction industry and covers any “engineered solution” used to support, protect or provide access to an existing structure or the permanent works during construction. Examples include scaffolds, propping, formwork and hoardings.

The Temporary Works Co-Ordination Course is designed to improve the ability to manage and supervise the temporary works process and is designed for those involved with the planning, procurement and managing of temporary works including those who may undertake a Temporary Works Co-ordinator role.

The Temporary Works Supervisors course identifies the practical aspects of temporary works and is designed for site based supervisors responsible for the supervision of commonly encountered temporary works.

Alain Marcetteau, Chief Operating Officer for UKMEA, on behalf of Arup, opened the event referring to his considerable site experience and reinforced the importance of the control of risks associated with all types of temporary works on construction sites.

Andrew East, Principal Specialist Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also spoke at the launch event, highlighting the issues that arise from the lack of competency with temporary works. He commented on his findings from investigations that: “It is not just a problem for small businesses that often have a lack of basic knowledge and understanding but also the larger contractors can get it wrong too. The consequences can be very severe. Often, there is a tendency with larger companies failing to convey their policies and procedures from their offices to the site.”

Celebrating 60 years, the CHSG is a recognised and respected provider of quality safety training and support, working with the HSE, British Standards, the British Safety Council, ROSPA, IOSH, NEBOSH and CSkills.

Phil Rowley, Vice Chairman of the CHSG, said “Companies need to understand and appreciate the risk of temporary works failing and the financial and moral hazards that come with that fault. We have consulted designers, construction companies and engineers to design and prove courses which are relevant and set an industry-wide standard.”

The Temporary Works Supervisors and the Temporary Works Co-Ordination courses are headed by lead trainer, Peter Bond. For more information, visit the CHSG website.