UCATT calls for CSCS revamp because of latest scandals

Following the recent media stories about rogue companies issuing fraudulent CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards, UCATT is calling for a clearer, better approach. In order to ensure safety on construction sites.

The CSCS cards are an industry standard for basic health and safety competence in the construction industry. Despite the recent media expose, UCATT believes the cards still have significant value to the construction industry. The fraud in these recent CSCS card cases exists on a very limited scale. It would be counterproductive to let a small minority malign the whole system.

UCATT is making the case for a simple one-day attendance safety course – paid for by the employer.

UCATT Acting General Secretary, Brian Rye, believes a simple one-day safety course would erase any doubts about whether a worker is versed in health and safety. Mr Rye said: “CSCS cards have been and will continue to be an asset to those hiring in the construction industry. It would be a mistake to discount the over two million cards in use, purely because of the fraudulent activities of a minority. For avoidance of doubt in awarding a CSCS card, we suggest not just a tick exam but a one day course. This would make the CSCS test more stringent, bolster its image within the industry, and make the industry safer – which is especially important given that construction is the most dangerous industry in the UK.”

Mr Rye added: “Employers require some kind of basic guide when employing. Employers say that safety is their number one priority and by supporting a compulsory one day safety course for all workers they will be putting their money where their mouth is.”

UCATT has contacted all stakeholders in the UK construction industry, relevant politicians and industry bodies, making its case to revamp and create a gold standard CSCS card. It’s in everyone’s interest to reaffirm this industry standard – now.

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