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    NEW CONSTRUCTIONSKILLS SAFETY TEST GOES LIVE IN APRIL

    Host of new updates introduced to basic construction health and safety test

    To apply for a ConstructionSkills CSCS Card applicants must also demonstrate occupational competence and pass the ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test within the previous two years. 

    The aim of the test is to examine knowledge across a wide range of health and safety topics in order to improve safety and productivity on site. It is usually taken as a PC-based touch screen test at either a mobile testing unit or an accredited test centre. 

    Changes raise construction standards and maintain safety elements 

    From 2 April 2012 the ConstructionSkills Health, Safety and Environment Test will replace the Health and Safety Test. The new test will introduce a host of new updates to “help raise construction standards while retaining traditional health and safety elements”. 

    The type of CSCS card being applied for will determine the level of test that needs to be taken. New features of the Health and Safety Test include:

    • revised and updated question bank including the new universal hazard symbols;
    • questions on ‘respiratory risks’ and the hazards they can pose;
    • new chapter on the environment with questions on sustainability and environmental hazards; and
    • new section of the test designed to measure a candidate’s behavioural responses to three randomly chosen scenarios to highlight safe working practices on site.

    CSCS has a mutual recognition agreement with FAS (Eire) Safepass which acts as an exemption to the ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test requirement.

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    Posted on 19th September 2018

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    Posted on 19th September 2018

    MAJOR UK CONTRACTORS HIT BY MAJOR FINES

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    Posted on 19th September 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 19th SEPT 2018

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    Posted on 19th September 2018

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    Posted on 14th September 2018

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    Posted on 13th September 2018

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    Posted on 8th September 2018

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    Posted on 7th September 2018

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    Posted on 5th September 2018

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    Posted on 5th September 2018

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    Posted on 5th September 2018

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    National Access and Scaffolding Confederation issues warning

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    DEMOLISHING INTERNAL WALL REVEALED ASBESTOS

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY TEST FOR ARCHITECTS

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE FIRM COMMITS TO ZERO HARM

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    MANAGING TOWER CRANE FALLING OBJECT RISK

    CPA issues new technical information note

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    POST EXPLOSION ASBESTOS WORK WAS UNSAFE

    Asbestos cement panels removed and cut with power tools

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

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    Posted on 17th August 2018

    MAJOR CONTRACTOR FAILED TO SUPERVISE LIFT

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    Posted on 14th August 2018

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    Posted on 14th August 2018

    OVERHEAD POWER AND EARTHING OF SCAFFOLDS

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    Posted on 9th August 2018
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