Changes to the CITB Green Card (Labourer Card)
- Date: Wednesday 9th July 2014
The Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) is making changes as to how to obtain a Green Card (Labourer Card). These new requirements being introduced from July 2014, state that along with the CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test, a qualification (or alternative) must be achieved in order to apply for the Green Card.
In Autumn 2013 CSCS Chief Executive Graham Wren said,
"CSCS was established to provide the industry with a means to verify the competence of workers on construction sites. Misuse of the current Entry Level Green Card diluted the effectiveness of the scheme, and led to confusion whether CSCS Cards were purely a passport to gain access to a site, or a true measure of an individual's competence to carry out their job. The new Green Card will set a standard for all those working as a labourer. Our aim is to set the standard at a level that demonstrates a worker's knowledge and understanding of basic health and safety issues, without it being prohibitive in terms of time and cost. Content covered in the new qualification follows the recommendations in the Pye Tait Report published in 2011 relating to routes to competence in the construction industry." (Extract from CITB website)
Cskills Awards have two routes available for obtaining the Green Card; a QCF qualification or the Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness Course (see diagram). SSG are able to provide the Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness (one day) Course as an alternative to the QCF qualification.
This course aims to ensure that individual responsibilities are understood;
• Why delegates are carrying out their identified duties
• What is expected of delegates
• Ensuring delegates contribute to the safety of the workplace.
The course is supported by the Safe Start (GE707) publication, and there is an end of day examination. The certificate has a five year life, and the Green Card can be applied for as long as the certificate is in date at the point of application.
For information on both routes for obtaining the Green Card visit the dedicated Green Card (Labour Card) website by clicking here or for Health and Safety Awareness course dates available at SSG click here or call 01752 201616.