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    CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SKILLS CARD AUDIT

    Build UK and the CECA card audit scheduled for early 2017

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has published four videos which promote the use of SmartCard technology across construction sites in the UK.

    All CSCS cards are ‘Smart’ and contain a micro processor chip which stores information on the cardholder identity, qualifications and training.

    Construction project site managers can read this information using a smart phone, tablet or PC allowing them to instantly record cardholder information and check that the cardholder is qualified for the job they do on site.

    The four CSCS videos show what the CSCS SmartCard can do. The cards are said to have the potential to manage site inductions electronically, control construction site access, record individual training information and provide notifications when qualifications are due for renewal.

    Sole recognition of CSCS cards by 2020?

    The videos coincide with Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)’s CSCS SmartCard audit, which will take place across all Build UK and CECA member construction sites on 8 February 2017.

    The audit is designed to promote the value of SmartCard technology and drive increased industry uptake in line with the Construction 2025 target for the industry to adopt smart technology and solely recognise cards carrying the CSCS logo by 2020.

    It is also hoped that the audit will also serve to highlight any expired and fraudulent cards that are in the system and allow contractors to take action where necessary.

    For further information on the Build UK and CECA CSCS SmartCard Audit contact Build UK Health and Safety Manager Emma Bentley at emma.bentley@builduk.org

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