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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.

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

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    LATEST HSE CONVICTIONS AND NOTICES REGISTERS

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    POORLY DESIGNED SCHOOL GATE CRUSHED CHILD

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    Posted on 9th March 2020

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    Posted on 2nd March 2020

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    Posted on 2nd March 2020

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    Posted on 29th February 2020

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    Posted on 29th February 2020

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

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    Posted on 24th February 2020

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    Posted on 24th February 2020

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

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    Posted on 14th February 2020

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    Posted on 11th February 2020

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    Posted on 11th February 2020

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    Posted on 11th February 2020
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