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Construction Site Visitor Cards to be Withdrawn

Construction Site Visitor Cards to be Withdrawn

Date: 10th July 2018 | Categories: Health and Safety

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) was introduced to improve standards and safety on UK construction sites and to ensure that those working in a construction related role hold a nationally recognised qualification. Currently, some construction sites require that all personnel who work in a non-related construction role hold a card, for example, security guards, cleaners, would require Construction Site Visitor cards.

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Construction Site Visitor cards are going to be withdrawn and from the 28th February 2020 CSCS will stop issuing Site Visitor cards. Site Visitor cards that are issued after the 3rd September 2018 will expire on the 31st August 2020 and these will not be renewable. If you have been issued a Site Visitor card before the 3rd September 2018 these will be valid up until your expiry date. The withdrawal of the Site Visitor card has been supported by the Construction Leadership Council.

Improving Skills in the Construction Sector

The reason for the withdrawal is that not everyone requires a card and CSCS cards should be only issued to those in a construction related work role to ensure that they hold a recognised qualification, with the long-term aim of a “fully qualified workforce”.

For some workers, this means you will not need to obtain another CSCS card. If you work in a construction related role then you must apply for another CSCS card. If you are unsure of whether to obtain another card the CSCS website has more information and a handy flowchart which will help determine what you need to do next.

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Graham Wren Chief Executive at CSCS states:

“The withdrawal of the Site Visitor card will see an increase in the numbers of individuals turning up to site without a card. We are not suggesting site supervisors and managers turn non-cardholders away from site. If a worker is there to carry out a construction related activity then a card is required as proof of their training and qualifications. If they are there to perform a non-construction related activity it then becomes the responsibility of site supervisors and managers to induct and supervise these people to ensure they remain safe at all times when on site.”

Need to replace your Site Visitor card? Click here to find out what steps you need to take.

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