Temporary Works General Awareness

Temporary Works General Awareness
The Temporary Works General Awareness training course aims to raise awareness and impart knowledge of what constitutes temporary works, how they are used, their safety critical importance, common temporary works issues and the temporary works management process.

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The course prioritises allowing a transferable knowledge base between employers, thus avoiding unnecessary supplementary training. It aims to raise awareness of the roles and responsibilities involved in the temporary works process, and raise standards and improve knowledge which can be applied across industry and accepted with confidence.

Attendance does not confer competency as a Temporary Works Co-ordinator or Supervisor but does contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and provides a good foundation to progress in temporary works roles.

This training course starts at 09:00 and finishes at 17:30 with refreshment breaks mid-morning and afternoon, plus lunch. All timings, except the start time, are approximate and may be adjusted to suit natural breaks in the lesson.

  • Session 1 - Introduction
  • Session 2 - Overview of Temporary Works; why Temporary Works is important – safety, legal and business requirements
  • Session 3 - Key concerns and continuing issues; B.BS5975:2019 +A1:2011 overview and other relevant codes
  • Session 4 - Roles, responsibilities, training and competencies
  • Session 5 - When do temporary works need to be designed and who is competent to carry out designs and design checking?
  • Session 6 - Designers risk assessments and residual risks
  • Session 7 - Tutorial to identify temporary works and classify risk
  • Session 8 - Update on latest industry guidance and sources of further information
  • Session 9 - Specific examples of the use and management of temporary works relating to target audience
  • Session 10 - Assessment
  • Session 11 - Course Review


The method of assessment will be by multiple-choice questions at the end of the course, as well as the delegate being expected to be interactive during the course.

The pass mark for the multiple-choice test is 72%.


Chris Bennion
Chris is a chartered civil engineer with experience spanning 45 years in the Temporary Works sector that encompasses design, site co-ordination, management and training. He has headed engineering teams for several leading building and civil engineering contractors. Having been involved with the aftermath of numerous temporary works related accidents and incidents over the years, he is passionately committed to safety. He believes this starts with the application of risk management principles, undertaken by competent people adhering to a robust process. Chris is an active member of the Temporary Works Forum.

Andrew Friedrich
Andrew is a Chartered Engineer with forty years’ experience within the construction industry. Experience includes design, site supervision, demolition and health & safety consultancy. He has site experience where temporary works were a significant element in the construction process. This included construction of reinforced concrete bridges, road construction, infrastructure maintenance and demolition of a power station.

At the end of this course, delegates will understand:

  • What constitutes temporary works, how they are used, their safety critical importance, common temporary works issues and the temporary works management process
  • The latest publications and issues relating to temporary works

This course is an alternative to the Temporary Works Co-ordinator and Temporary Works Supervisor training courses and is designed to provide training for those involved in the temporary works process but who are not undertaking the role of Temporary Works Co-ordinator or Supervisor as defined in BS5975:2019 + A1:2011.

The course assumes limited or no detailed previous knowledge of temporary works and is suitable for:

  • Those new to temporary works design and temporary works
  • People who have previously worked on temporary sites but want to revise these skills

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