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    UCATT CALLS FOR CSCS ‘GOLD STANDARD’ CARDS

    Exposure of fraud prompts call for one day compulsory training

    Recent news concerning ‘fraudulent’ Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards has prompted construction union UCATT to call for a “one-day safety course” for all workers in addition to the CSCS multiple choice health and safety test.

    The union 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.

    UCATT believes that CSCS cards still have significant value and that fraud exists on a very limited scale. It would be counterproductive to let a small minority malign the whole system and hence UCATT is making the case for a simple one-day attendance safety course – paid for by the employer.

    CSCS image would be “bolstered”

    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.

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