What Training is Required to Work On Site?
Working on a construction site presents employees and management alike with a number of challenges and the majority of firms will require that a certain amount of preliminary training has already taken place. Let us look at seven important qualifications to work on site as well as the importance of each.
Certification with the CSCS Scheme
Most workers will be required to hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card while on site. There are numerous cards which can be obtained, with the red card being suitable for two years, leading onto the blue card which is valid for five years. Some examples include:
- Civil engineering technician
- Construction health and safety manager
- Construction site inspector
- Construction project manager
There are also different grades within the types of qualifications which are offered depending upon your skill level and experience within the sector. A CSCS card might need to be accompanied by a health and safety awareness certification. It is possible to obtain this recognition at a test centre and the test consists of a series of multiple choice questions.
CPCS Machinery Qualifications
CPCS is an acronym for Construction Plant Competence Scheme. This certification will illustrate that you possess the experience and safety skills necessary to operate machinery. This is particularly relevant in terms of larger devices such as cranes and backhoes; these machines have the potential to cause serious injury or even death. Some operators who are required by law to hold this type of qualification include:
- Tower crane operators
- Hoist operatives
- 360 excavator operators
- Telescopic forklift drivers
Once again, each card will remain active for between two and five years. Two types (red and blue) are available; each denoting your level of experience. Courses can last for up to nine days and they can be taken at a registered test centre.
An SMSTS Certificate
A Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) certification is another all-around illustration that you are well aware of numerous on-site hazards. SMSTS courses also provide you with basic skill sets such as emergency first-aid techniques (more on this later) as well as CDM regulations. From standard risk assessments to health and safety procedures, these courses take place over a total of five days (note that a five-day block can be broken up to accommodate your schedule). Once the certification has been obtained, it will remain valid for five years from the date that it was issued.
Basic First-Aid Training
What would occur if a fellow employee suddenly fell ill or was physically injured? Would you have the emergency skills required to render aid? Possessing a basic working knowledge of standard first-aid practices is absolutely essential; particularly in regards to foremen and site managers. One of the most common ways to obtain this certification is to register for a St. John Ambulance course. This first-aid recognition will remain valid for three years.
Asbestos is a very real hazard within many construction sites. Whether demolishing an old building or renovating an existing structure, breathing in asbestos dust can lead to serious health problems such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and emphysema. Assuming that you are working within an environment thought to contain asbestos, you are legally required to posses the proper level of certification. While the exact scope of the courses will vary between providers, most certificates are valid for a minimum of one year. Some professions which often require asbestos awareness include:
- Heavy equipment operators
Of course, it should go without saying that management are equally obliged to obtain this training.
Completion of the SSSTS Course
A Site Supervisor’s Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course is essential for project managers, site supervisors and senior operators. This type of construction on-site training will focus upon health and safety alongside the best practices to ensure that no accidents occur. The SSSTS scheme will be valid for five years and it requires approximately two days to complete. Like much of the training mentioned above, it is possible to confirm reservations online.
All of these certifications will ensure the safety of employees and managers alike. Furthermore, supervisors should have a working knowledge of the qualifications to work on-site during any construction project. The good news is that obtaining such experience is normally quite easy and this knowledge is an invaluable asset to possess. Whether you are curious to learn more or you would like to hire a crane for an upcoming project, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.