Following on from last weeks article regarding CSCS cards, I though that it would be a good idea to remind readers about the Build UK Training Standard and the guidance note on Site Specific Health and Safety Inductions.
The Training Standard provides very clear guidance on to how to ensure that the operatives on site have the correct qualifications and certifications for the jobs they are doing. I would urge everyone to raise awareness of this Standard – even to the point of showing it to Site Managers, especially if they are allowed to get on site with no checks on their level of expertise, knowledge and skills!
Since the withdrawal of the CSCS Visitor card, it is now the responsibility of the main contractor to ensure that all visitors (non-operatives) to site are provided with a sensible and suitable induction.
Some main contractors have developed very good systems for monitoring regular site visitors to cut down on the length of time or number of inductions that need to be taken. It makes sense to do this, especially if there is a tight control on who has been on site, when, why and what induction was required or has already been undertaken. This is especially true if the system can be applied across multiple sites. It is not helpful to our industry if visitors are required to undergo multiple duplicate inductions when it isn’t necessary. SPRA would be very keen to hear about people experiences of visiting sites.
Source: Cathie Clarke, CEO