You’ll have to forgive us for a title which doesn’t seem that descriptive but you either know about this issue or you don’t!
The green labourers card for gaining access to construction sites requires that you have “a qualification equivalent to a Level 1 Award in health and safety in a construction environment”.
The good news is that the IOSH Working Safely course (1 day) has now been deemed to satisfy that requirement. This means that attending and passing this course and then the touch screen operative test (which is part of the CSCS) scheme will enable you to receive a green card.
Quite long-winded we know but it will solve a problem for a great many of our construction clients, see below for a number of frequently asked questions relating to the CSCS Green Card for Labourers and IOSH Working Safely:
Do I need to pass the IOSH Working safely end of course assessments before I can apply for a CSCS green Labourer card?
Yes – you’ll have to prove you’ve successfully completed the
Working safely course. You can do this by providing a copy of
your Working safely IOSH certificate or IOSH passport card.
How do I apply for a new CSCS green Labourer card?
You’ll need to have completed your Working safely course on or after 01 October 2011 – so within the last three years. You’ll also need to visit an approved test centre to sit your
CITB Health, Safety and Environment Operative test. For more information, please contact CITB on 0344 994 4488. Once you’ve successfully completed this test, you can then apply for your CSCS green Labourer card.
How much does it cost to sit the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Operative test?
It costs £17.50.
What does the CSCS green Labourer card cost?
It costs £30 and the card is usually despatched on the next working day.
I’ve lost my IOSH certificate or IOSH passport card – how
do I get a replacement?
You’ll need to contact your training provider and they’ll order you a replacement. There will normally be a charge for this.
How do I renew my CSCS green Labourer card?
You can book onto IOSH’s one-day Working safely course.
My training provider wrote their own version of the generic Working safely course and had it approved by IOSH – can my delegates still apply for a green Labourer card?
Yes they can, as long as they have successfully completed the course within the last three years.
Does this include e-learning versions of the generic Working safely course which have been approved by IOSH?
Yes – again, as long as the course was completed within the last three years.
Have IOSH updated the existing Working safely course materials?
No, they haven’t updated the course materials. This is scheduled for 2015.
If you’ve got questions or need support on safety in the industrial, contracting or construction sectors please contact us for sensible and proportionate advice on 01453 800100