Calling all surveyors, architects and engineers… Have you got the correct health and safety qualification in place to visit construction sites?
It’s been said that an estimated 200,000 workers in the above job roles do not currently hold the correct certifications to visit sites. That’s a staggering number of individuals!
Find out more about the upcoming health and safety course, as well as training courses that we can offer you at the Diggerland Plant Training School.
A NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY COURSE
The latest health and safety course has been launched this week by the Construction Industry Council (CIC). Which will benefit all of those individuals who do not have the correct qualifications at present.
The existing CSCS white card, which is nationally recognised as a health and safety qualification, is being questioned by the CIC. The board believes that the current courses which were established by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) do not meet the requirements of certain workers. Especially those who work as surveyors, architects and even engineers.
Some contractors are not required to hold the card when carrying out site visits. This certainly contributes to the staggering number of individuals not holding their white card. It has also been said that the current course is not completely relevant for any qualified persons visiting a site. So what needs to be done?
Changes to the new health and safety course
The existing course is made up of a 50 question multiple choice test, in which workers will need to learn the answers to a number of questions. However this is set to change. It will become more applicable for individuals that have plenty of years experience prior to sitting the test.
The new course has been developed with the help of Accredex, an e-learning software provider. It will include re-written questions that are primarily focused on professional qualified individuals visiting sites instead, and how to stay safe on site when it is not supervised by a contractor.
The new course will also cover:
- Legal requirements on site
- Safety on site
- The welfare of visiting employees
- Protecting the environment
- Risk and design risk management
Once achieved, workers will be covered for three years before needing a refresher course.
So why surveyors, architects and engineers?
All of the above professions will visit construction sites regularly. Whether that’s to check the dimensions of newly built structures, or mapping out buildings, roads and utilities for any potential risks. Despite being frequently present on a construction site, having the correct health and safety qualifications in place is something that has been overlooked. It’s vital that this changes!
HEALTH AND SAFETY COURSES AVAILABLE AT OUR TRAINING SCHOOL
At our digger training school we have the perfect health and safety courses available that anyone can benefit from:
- Working at Height – This particular course is primarily designed for anyone who is often working at height for their job. Anyone who works as a roofer, scaffolder, window cleaner or even a painter / decorator could benefit from booking.
- Manual Handling – This course is great for any sector of work. If your job requires you to lift anything, then we highly recommend booking on!
- First Aid at Work – Everyone needs trained first aiders in the workplace, so what better course is there to consider.
- Fire Warden – The same applies to fire wardens. It’s the law to have certified individuals on site, whether this be within the construction industry or another sector.
Of course, if you wish to pursue further training in construction, then we can also assist. Our full list of NPORS accredited courses can be found here.
BOOK YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY COURSES TODAY!
The Diggerland Plant Training School is in the perfect location to complete construction and health and safety training. We have plenty of construction equipment available to use for training purposes. Additionally, there are 3 classrooms available to carry out health and safety training.
Our main training site is based in Kent, local for anyone in the South East and surrounding areas. If you’re not local we can also arrange for our instructors to teach at your workplace.
Get in touch with a member of the team today by emailing us if you have any questions, or want to book. Alternatively, you can give us a call on: 01634 295355 to discuss any of our health and safety courses in further detail.
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