Up until last week, I naïvely believed that the six courses cited as being mandatory for all roofers, ie First Aid, Manual Handling, Working at Heights, Fire Safety, Abrasive Wheels and Asbestos Awareness all led to formal qualifications in their own right, accredited by an awarding body afterall, I have been in the training arena for many years,
the last four in roofing, but the penny suddenly dropped that there were lots of different ones available ranging from one-hour online courses to full day training for apparently the same thing seems a bit odd, and a bit scary when it comes to health and safety. SPRA is on Working Group 2 which has analysed the (lack of) fire training for those working in construction, so I should have joined the dots – but sometime, perhaps too often we all assume too much and question too little. It’s not the courses themselves, but what is considered appropriate as a mandatory unit for a formal qualification or certification scheme and what isn’t? It affects us all – not just those working on site, but the friends and families and wider communities of those that are unlucky enough to come to harm or are killed by lack of knowledge and competency. The HSE certainly have a very detailed view on what knowledge, skills and understanding should look like for any health and safety matter, but how much of the training available includes it and even if you have had this training, how competent are you really? Competence is at the heart of all the work coming out of the Grenfell Enquiry and it is a complex situation to unravel and solve, very daunting – but not impossible! The Roofing Industry is working hard to resolve these difficult issues and SPRA will be reporting back on progress at our annual national conference: ‘Confidence through Competence’, being held at the prestigious East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on the 24th July. Bookings are now open and early bird tickets are available until the end of February, so why not join us and help shape the future? Open to all, book now!
Source: Cathie Clarke, CEO SPRA