Friday, 9 September 2016

Do Cleaners need CSCS

CSCS cards are intended for construction related occupations only. CSCS recognises that due to the diverse nature of construction projects, there are occasions when a person may need to access a construction site to perform a non-construction activity and that these individuals would not be expected to carry a CSCS card.

Following several enquiries from the cleaning sector CSCS has issued the following guidance:

1. CSCS cards are not required when a cleaner is not working on a live construction site and is working within places such as site offices or welfare facilities.

2. CSCS cards are required when a cleaner is working on a live construction site, they can apply for either:
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  • A Labourer card – Cleaners who do general cleaning on-site should apply for this card. See https://www.cscs.uk.com/card-type/labourer/for further information on the requirements.
  • A Blue Skilled card – Cleaners who perform specialist cleaning roles (e.g. industrial cleaners) should apply for this card. This will require a level 2 Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services Skills. seehttps://www.cscs.uk.com/card-type/skilled-worker/ for further information on the requirements.
The advice issued above is fully in line with industry desire to only issue CSCS cards when workers are engaged in construction-related activity.