MEL Health and Safety Consultants

Temporary Works Coordination - The Supervisors Role

Course Name Temporary Works Coordination - The Supervisors Role
Duration 1 day
Max Number of Delegates 16
Course Fee Please call to discuss your requirements

Temporary works are an integral part of most construction and building operations and there are unique technical, legal and safety issues in respect of the planning, design and implementation of temporary works.

The Temporary Works Supervisor is a defined role in the latest revision of BS 5975 “Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework” and is essential to delivering effective, efficient and safe temporary works on site.

This one day course has been specifically developed to guide, support and help those who undertake or plan to undertake the role of Temporary Works Supervisor.

Taking a hands on approach it focuses on the key factors that ensure the safe design and implementation of temporary works systems. It covers the fundamental roles and responsibilities of all parties involved, together with clear and concise guidance on the practical implementation, with particular emphasis on the role of supervisors of this work.

Delivered as a mixture of lectures, discussion periods and group work, the training will be supported throughout with handouts and reference information.

Key sessions include:

1. Temporary Works and the Law

2. Risk and its control

3. Roles and responsibilities

4. Installation, monitoring, amending and dismantling Temporary Works


The tutor is a chartered civil engineer and construction consultant with extensive, broad based design and construction experience across many sectors, including civil infrastructure, commercial and industrial building, water and rail environments.

This course is aimed at:

1. Site Engineers, Managers or Foremen working with a TW Coordinator
2. Other supervisors (employed by works contractors) likely to be assisting a Temporary Works Coordinator

3. Site Safety Advisors

4. Surveyors, estimators and others who are involved in tendering for, procuring or supplying temporary works   

    subcontracts, designs or equipment

At the conclusion of the course, delegates should:

  • Be capable of implementing TW procedure, and assisting the TWC in his/her duties
  • Be able to properly assess and control risks associated with TW
  • Appreciate the concept of TW procedures in current legislation
  • Appreciate the key stages of typical TW, how things could go wrong, and how to manage amendments/change
  • Gain knowledge of the role, responsibilities and appointment of a TWS
  • Become aware of typical hold points, inspections and permits which might be needed

Temporary Works Co-ordination – The Supervisors Role


  • What is temporary works?
  • How important is it?

Legal Aspects

  • Summary of relevant legal requirements
  • Background to BS5975
  • Main purpose of the code

TW Process

  • Outline of process recommended in BS5975
  • Exercise to illustrate process


  • Duties of the TWC and TWSs
  • The Register and the importance of records
  • Design Coordination
  • Delegation of duties to TWS

Risk and its control

  • Risk assessment, HSE 5 steps
  • TW categorisation


  • Formal appointment of TWCs & TWSs
  • Experience, training and qualifications
  • Supervision modules: Scaffolding, Formwork, Groundworks, Falsework, Other TW
  • Installation and dismantling: key points
  • Typical inspections required: compliance
  • Critical elements maintaining stability
  • Suitable “Hold” points
  • Record forms and diaries
  • Requirements of relevant BS Standards and Codes
  • Dealing with TW modifications
  • Consequences of deviation or omission


  • Course review test
  • Sources of information

If you would like to receive more information about this course please call a member of our training department on 01708 555544 or click here to contact us via email.

 Many courses can be held at our modern training room facilities for an additional fee of £100 per day.  It is the ideal solution if you are limited for space or do not have the facilities to host the course at your site or premises.  We are located in Rainham (Essex) within a few miles of the M25 with easy access to the Dartford crossing. Call now for details.