Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

This is the new qualification for all site operatives on Construction sites (Green Card).

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has made changes for obtaining a Labourer Card (Green Card). These new requirements were introduced from July 2014 and 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 Labourer Card. There are 2 routes to achieve the qualification:

  • Level 1 Award Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, 1 day course (includes revision for CITB Test) and open learning – no test – qualification lasts for life
  • Site Safety Plus one day H&S Awareness Course and test – has to be taken every 5 years as well as the CITB test

This course is for all Green Card holders or potential holders and has been a legal requirement since 2014. You will need to have this certificate when you renew your Green Card – remember this certificate lasts for life and doesn’t have to be repeated every 5 years

During the course, you will learn about

  1. the principles of risk assessment for maintaining and improving health and safety at work
  2. the importance of safe manual handling in the workplace
  3. the importance of working safely at height in the workplace
  4. risks to health within a construction environment including asbestos
  5. the importance of working around plant and equipment safely

The course lasts for 1 day, but some private study is required. Included in the course is revision for the CITB test

Qualification: BTEC Level 1 Award Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

Cameron KinrossHealth and Safety in a Construction Environment