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Interior systems introduction to health and safety awareness


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with practical knowledge and skills required to work safely in a construction environment.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours

Purpose/ scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with practical knowledge and skills required to work safely in a construction environment.


  • reporting accidents and near misses
  • safe manual handling and lifting
  • consequences of incorrect manual handling and lifting
  • aids to assist manual handling
  • working at height
  • current legislation and official guidance
  • hazards and risks
  • substances hazardous to health
  • effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace
  • storage of combustibles and chemicals
  • personal hygiene
  • asbestos
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • moving machinery
  • types of injuries
  • safe distances
  • hazard warning signs and symbols

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However a basic knowledge of interior systems terminology and techniques would be beneficial.

Instruction/ supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may/may not be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • practical training in an on or off the job environment
  • classroom

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical training.

This standard is considered to be set at an entry level.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Recommended refreshment – Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 3 years.

Approval date

October 2019

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • State the importance of reporting accidents and near misses. 
  • State typical accident reporting procedures.
  • State the reasons for ensuring safe manual handling in the workplace including potential ill health that may occur from incorrect manual handling.
  • State the procedures for safe lifting in accordance with official guidance. 
  • State the importance of using site safety equipment when handling materials and equipment. 
  • List aids available to assist manual handling in the workplace. 
  • Define the term ‘working at height’. 
  • State the employee’s responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working at height. 
  • List hazards/risks associated with the following:
    • dropping tools and debris
    • stability of ladders
    • overhead cables
    • fragile roofs
    • scaffolds
    • internal voids
    • equipment
    • working area
    • other people
  • State how hazards/risks associated with working at height can be controlled.
  • State the regulation that controls the use of suitable equipment for working at height.
  • List substances hazardous to health under current regulations.
  • List common risks to health within a construction environment. 
  • State the types of hazards/risks that may occur in the workplace linked with use of drugs and alcohol. 
  • State the importance of the correct storage of combustibles and chemicals on site. 
  • State the importance of personal hygiene within a construction environment. 
  • State the potential hazards/risks to the health of workers exposed to asbestos. 
  • State types of asbestos waste.
  • State types of personal protective equipment (PPE) used when dealing with hazardous materials. 
  • List ways in which moving machinery can cause injuries. 
  • State hazards/risks relating to the use of plant and equipment. 
  • State the importance of keeping a safe distance away from plant/machinery and equipment until clear contact is made with the operator. 
  • Identify hazard warning signs and symbols used around the use of plant and equipment.

Additional information about this standard 

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance: 

Managing construction health risks 


Safety topics 


Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication: 

Health and safety in construction, HSG150, 2006.