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How to become a construction site safety manager

Like many industrial environments, construction sites can be dangerous places. Heavy equipment, machinery and vehicles, hazardous materials, dust, confined space working and manual handling all pose major risks to the safety of workers and site visitors.

It’s the role of the safety manager to manage and minimise these risks and create a safe and healthy working environment. You may be wondering how to become a construction site safety manager and what qualifications  you might need.

Who can become a construction site safety manager?

There are routes into a career as a site safety manager for university graduates and school leavers, along with ex-Armed Forces personnel and those looking for a change in career. As well as a relevant qualification in a construction-related subject, there are some entry-level health and safety qualifications that you will also be required to hold.

What qualifications do I need to become a construction site safety manager?

A CITB Site Safety Awareness, will provide the basics in relation to identifying hazards in a construction environment. As you progress you may need additional qualifications such as

CITB Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme or Site Management Safety Training Scheme Course these courses will provide you with a strong understanding and enable you to manage the potential hazards on a construction site.

Ultimately, it is likely that you will need something more in-depth, which is where the NEBOSH Construction Certificate comes in.

This qualification provides an ideal foundation for individuals looking to develop a broader knowledge and is designed to enable management of building and construction site, to effectively manage health and safety risks.

What other skills do I need to become a construction site safety manager?

To become a construction site safety manager, you may also need the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Commercial awareness
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Team-working
  • Good knowledge of building methods and regulations

Why choose RISK?

Over the years, we’ve helped hundreds of delegates from all walks of life to start their journey towards a new career in construction site health and safety. All our course content is delivered in an engaging way, by highly-experienced trainers who use real-world examples to better illustrate all subject areas.

After you complete a course, we provide comprehensive telephone support to ensure you are always up-to-date and have somewhere to turn if you’re unsure about something. With years of industry experience, you will always receive the best advice and training.

To find a course, go to, or call our team on 01623 749718 to find out more.

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