Why has the Construction Site Operative (CSO) card been changed to the Labourer card?
The green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card was introduced for entry level workers and simply required applicants to pass the Health, Safety and Environment test and for their employer to sign their application form to say they were carrying out “labouring duties only”. In reality, however, many site workers who carry out skilled occupations had been applying for the green CSO card as the easiest route to gain access to construction sites. This made it difficult for contractors to use CSCS cards as a reliable method of checking that site workers have the appropriate skills to work on construction sites safely and effectively. So it was important for this situation to be addressed.
Why do labourers now have to do a training course?
Industry feedback told us that it is vital that labourers have a good working knowledge of the most common risks to safety on construction sites today. To achieve this there needs to be consistency of training and assessment. The new Level 1 knowledge based Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification and equivalents recognised by CSCS ensure that labourers are aware of the following: assessing risk, manual handling, working at height, work around plant and equipment and risks to health.
Where can I go for the Level 1 Award Health & Safety in a Construction Environment?
You can talk to your local training provider or college to find out if they are offering this new course. Or click on these links to view Training Centres approved by Cskills Awards, City & Guilds (click on Find a Centre) and Pearson.
I passed my Health, Safety & Environment test before July 1st, can I still apply for a Construction Site Operative (CSO) card?
No. Applications for the CSO card were only accepted up to June 30th 2014. After this date card applicants have to meet the requirements for the new Green Labourers Card or an alternative card appropriate for their occupation.