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CSCS tests: Why construction site health and safety is important

CSCS cardsBetween April 2010 and March 2011, 50 workers were killed on UK construction sites. The construction industry accounts for just 5% of employees in Britain, but 27% of fatal injuries happen on construction sites.

When you look at the figures, it’s clear that construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work in the UK. It is essential that health and safety is a priority for everyone that works in the construction industry.

The easy way to ensure a safe site

If you run a construction site, you need to ensure that everyone on your site understands the risks that will affect them in their work. CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards were introduced to make it easier to check the level and type of training a worker has received.

All CSCS cards show the holder’s name, along with a picture of the card’s holder and a description of the level and type of training they have received. This means that CSCS cards make it easy to quickly identify what kind of training a person has received.

All CSCS cards require the holder to pass a health and safety test. This means that anyone carrying a valid CSCS card has an understanding of construction site health and safety.

CSCS cards are split into many types and colours. The type of card a worker can obtain is dependant on the work they do, as well as the training they have received and the professional bodies to which they belong.

How to get your CSCS Card

Many construction sites now require all workers to carry the relevant CSCS card. All contractors who are members of the UKCG (United Kingdom Contractors Group) must ensure that workers on their site carry the appropriate CSCS card. Any site registered under the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) must record the details of all workers and visitors on their site.

To get your CSCS card, you need to book your CSCS tests. The easiest way to arrange your test is to contact Veritas Consulting. We make the booking process simple, and give you everything you need to pass your test.

The process is fast and you could take your CSCS test in as little as 2 days.

So get in touch with Veritas Consulting today for your CSCS Tests and Cards. Don’t delay!

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