Important Update of Skills Requirements for UKCG
- Date: Tuesday 20th March 2012
UKCG has recently launched a revised Health and Safety training standard that focuses on the level of health and safety training required by those who direct, manage, supervise or undertake construction related activities on UKCG sites. The standard details the minimum training expected of individuals in order to undertake their roles on UKCG construction sites. Individuals must be able to demonstrate formal health and safety training in addition to skill competency via the UKCG accepted record scheme.
This standard is designed to support UKCG’s work in increasing competency and improving leadership in health and safety by developing knowledge and skill across all functions. Although Supervisory training is now mandatory, audits will be carried out on members’ sites in 2012 to establish percentage compliance targets with the new standard.
The launch of the revised guidelines is extremely timely after the HSE revealed a reverse in trends that had seen fatalities fall in the previous 4 years.
The revised Health and Safety standard highlights the requirement for the following training:
Directors must be able to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of health and safety. Directors must be able to demonstrate that they have met the training standard.
UKCG recognises the following courses as being suitable and meeting the required standard:
IOSH Directing Safely (1 Day)
IOSH Managing Safety for Senior Executives (1 Day)
Managers must be able to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of health and
safety. Managers should be able to demonstrate they have met the training standard.
UKCG recognises the following courses as being suitable and meeting the
Construction Skills Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) (5 Days)
Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Managing Safely in Construction (4 Days)
Supervisors must be able to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of health and safety and skills to be an effective supervisor of their workers.
UKCG recognises the following course as being suitable and meeting the required standard:
Construction Skills Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) (2 Days)
Employers must be able to demonstrate their operatives have suitable health and safety knowledge to undertake their work safely, with due regard to health.
UKCG recognises the following course as being suitable and meeting the required standard in addition to CSCS requirements:
Attendance on the Construction Skills 1 Day Health and Safety Awareness
For more information on the standards set including possible alternatively comparable course, recognised by the relevant Sector Skills Council or Trade Association visit the website below: