Temporary Works Supervisor Training Course

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Funding is available for this training course. You can save £50 on the listed fee by applying for a Site Safety Plus Grant.
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This one day training course for temporary works supervisors will give you a sound understanding of risk management in temporary works. It is part of our suite of Site Safety Plus training courses and will help you to achieve a recognised standard of health and safety at work.

The course is supported by the Temporary Works Forum, CECA, UKCG, HSE and FMB and aligns with the specifications for the Temporary Works Supervisor (TWS) in BS5975:2008 and A1:2011.

Through a combination of tutor led presentation, interactive discussion  and group exercises you will get key insights into:

  • The key competencies required of the TWS, according to BS5975:2008 and A1:2011
  • Legal aspects for temporary works risk management
  • The roles and requirements of the TWS, and others involved in health and safety on temporary works projects

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Programme overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Session 1

  • What are temporary works (TW)? Identification and definition
  • Standard and bespoke solutions
  • The importance of controlled environments: safety/business risk and opportunity
  • The need for TW co-ordination: what can go wrong?

Session 2

  • The three Ps - People, Process, Product

Session 3

  • Summary of relevant legal obligations
  • Corporate and individual responsibilities
  • Duty holders and statutory aspects in construction
  • The four Cs: Competence, Coordination, Cooperation, Communication

Session 4

  • The need for control: Management arrangements for temporary works
  • The background to BS5975:2008 and A1:2011
  • Overview and purpose of the code

Session 5

  • Exercise: illustrating the process
  • Concept, Design, Installation, Use, Dismantling
  • The full process, with reference to BS5975: registers; categories; the importance of records
  • Inspections/Checks, Hold Points, Permissions

Session 6

  • Roles and duties of the TWC and TWS
  • Where responsibility lies
  • Delegation of duties to a TWS
  • Appointment and Competencies

Session 7

  • HSE approach
  • Company TW procedures
  • Illustrating good TW co-ordination: what to look out for in groundworks, scaffolding formwork, and falsework

Session 8

  • Setting up for examination
  • Examination

Session 9

  • Marking
  • Summary
Ken MacKenzie 
BSc (Eng) MSc CEng MICE MCIM MinstCS
Ken is a chartered civil engineer and construction consultant with extensive, broad based design and construction experience across many sectors, including infrastructure, commercial and industrial building, and water and rail environments. He has in depth experience of temporary works in practice and understands the need for good guidance, processes and procedures to deliver effective and efficient solutions to construction projects.

Anita Ballard 
BSc (Hons) MICE 
Anita is a professionally qualified, chartered civil engineer and has over 25 years’ experience in the construction and civil engineering industry. She has managed civil engineering projects before specialising in the design of temporary works solutions for multi-million pound engineering projects both in the UK and abroad.


Learning objectives
  • Appreciate the importance of the four Cs: Communication, Co-ordination, Co-operation and Competency
  • Understand the legal context for TW risk management, in terms of both safety and business
  • Be clear on the need for and duties of the TWS, and TWC
  • Appreciate the roles of others, eg. TW designers and design checkers, Designated Individuals and common construction management roles
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of BS5975 in respect of the TW process and the roles of the TWS and TWC
  • Be able to identify typical hold points, inspections and permits, and which of them might be carried out by a TWS
Who should attend?

This training course is designed to provide training for those undertaking the role of Temporary Works Supervisor, as defined in BS5975:2008 and A1:2011. Delegates will include:

  • Site engineers, managers of foremen (employed by the principal contractor or other works contractors) responsible for TW
  • Other supervisors (employed by works contractors) likely to be assisting a TWC
  • Anyone appointed by a TWS
  • Site safety advisors

This programme does not confer competence as a Temporary Works Supervisor. It is not a qualifying course, and is not appropriate for:

  • Temporary Works Coordinators, their managers or appointers
  • Supervisors with limited experience of the role in live construction

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