Experienced site workers will lose their Grandfather Rights from CSCS Skill Cards.

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From 1st January 2020, all cards renewed under Industry Accreditation will expire on 31st December 2024 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 30th June 2024.

More than 60,000 experienced construction workers will no longer be able to renew their skills cards under the “Grandfather Rights” system.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has confirmed it will be phasing out the Grandfather Rights scheme from 2020 and abolishing it completely from 2024.

The scheme – officially known as Industry Accreditation – allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards based on their industry knowledge and an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.

CSCS closed Industry Accreditation to new applicants in 2010 but those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis.

From 1st January 2020, all cards renewed under Industry Accreditation will expire on 31st December 2024 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 30th June 2024.

Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said: “Following the closure of the Construction Related Occupation card and the Construction Site Visitor Card, cards gained by Industry Accreditation are the only cards in the CSCS scheme which do not require the cardholder to achieve a recognised qualification.

Industry Accreditation does not support industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce and as such it will be withdrawn.”

What each of the 60,000 Industry Accreditation card holders need to do next depends on their occupation and any qualifications they may already hold.

Those without qualifications will be required to register for the appropriate qualification for their occupation before their cards expire in 2024.

Wren added: “A lot of work has taken place to ensure those with cards issued under Industry Accreditation will be able to transition to other CSCS cards as simply as possible.

“We are making this announcement early to ensure card holders and their employers have enough time to make the necessary alternative arrangements.”

The withdrawal of Industry Accreditation will be the final step towards achieving the Construction Leadership Council’s objective of ensuring cards are only issued to those who have achieved, or are in the process of achieving, a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

Click here to visit the CSCS website

Skilled trades pay rates hit £1000+ a week in the Midlands!!

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Self-employed construction workers in the West Midlands have seen their average pay rates break through the £1,000-a-week barrier.

December data from workplace audit and CIS specialist Hudson Contract saw average weekly pay rates in the West Midlands of £1,023 – outstripping London at £930.

Annual data for 2018 saw average weekly earnings for freelance workers up 6.7% to £932 a week.

Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield said: “Construction companies need to be flexible in order to remain competitive.

“So the fact that skilled trades people such as plasters, joiners, scaffolders and bricklayers are commanding significantly more than this time last year is an excellent indicator of economic growth.

“The West Midlands has been buoyant for some time, and it now looks like the North East has started to play catch up.”

Anfield said freelance workers with similar skills earned 20% more than those on PAYE.

Looking at the year ahead he said: “As always, there is plenty of chatter about skills shortages and Brexit.

“But ultimately, highly skilled freelancers will continue to demand – and achieve – increasing rates of pay.

“In contrast employees are held back by uncertainty of employers and poor increases negotiated by unions under collective agreements.

“Rather than seeing £1,000-a-week tradesmen as a problem, if the CEO of a housebuilder is worth £75m pounds a year, surely freelancers who actually deliver the product are worth at least £50,000 each.

“We look forward to the day when the average weekly rate for freelance brickies, joiners, and plasterers hits £1,000 – they are more than worth it for the benefits they bring.”

Are you looking to get into the Electrical Industry and get paid more?

If you want work in the industry as an electrical labourer then you simply need to attend the One Day  Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course and obtain a reference from an employer or agency confirming you work in the industry.

 This is a great way for students to make money during their time off!!

ECS Give you the following three options:

  • CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course
  • IOSH Working Safely – (IOSH Approved Centre Classroom Invigilated Exam ONLY) (this means it cannot be a distance learning or online course – it is a classroom course).
  • Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course.  This is the course we deliver.  Go to the booking page here.

These qualifications are accepted as a 3-year exemption from the ECS HS&E Assessment. If you have gained one of these qualifications within the last three years, you will not need to sit the ECS assessment separately when you apply for the new style of card, until the next point of renewal.

OR:

Hold a JIB-approved electrical theory qualification and the ECS HS&E Assessment.

  • Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course London.  This is the course we deliver.

Safety Pass Alliance (S.P.A Core Day)

It is a one day course and we have moved considerably away from delivering this course purely by powerpoint instead opting for more practical exercises to really promote learning.

We deliver this course, every Wednesday here in Ealing, West London for the open course and if you are an employer and have a large number of people to train, we can come to you at a discounted cost.

The safety passport card takes a MAXIUM of 10 working days to arrive (which is quicker than the other options) so this allows you to plan.  In most cases, it arrives well before that time.

The cost of the course is £138.00+vat

Again, The Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course London, open course is here in West London.

The maximum people we can train at one time is 20.  If you would like Simpleducksto deliver the course at your premises then this is not problem, please call usfor prices as we offer a discounted price for groups.

You can book online at www.simpleducks.com – go to the training page, find a date and book.  All links are below or call on 02089988825.

You can also go to www.coursecheck.com to see further recommendations from previous candidates who have attended our training courses.

Further details are available on our website.  www.simpleducks.com.  I hope this helps.  If this video was a help then please give us a like or share it with someone who might need it.

  • IOSH Working Safely

Positives:

  1. IOSH is a great organisation and the course itself is very good.
  2. IOSH have a good vetting procedure to ensure the trainers delivering their courses are up to date with the latest legislation, laws, best practice and relevant professional work experience etc.
  3. The trainers also have to be registered with IOSH at Tech Level which is really good for routing out all those dodgy back street training companies.

Negatives:

  1. Course providers are given a time period to submit details of their candidates back to IOSH and the time taken can become excessive, particularly when you cannot gain the ECS Card until you’ve uploaded your certificate onto My ECS.  This can take a number of weeks for certificates to arrive
  • CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course

It is a 2 day course, with lots of participation, however there arnt  many providers in the South offering it.  You will receive (only if you ask for it),a temporary card which can be uploaded onto ECS but it is only valid for around 6 weeks and if your full card has not arrived after this point then you could have some technical issues with the validilityof your ECS card.  But, if you are not in a rush and wanting to work in the Allied Industries then this is probably the best route for you.

  • CCNSG Renewal
  • The CCNSG Renewal Course is designed as a one day refresher course.  It is for those who have already passed the CCNSG National Course.  This has to be taken within three months of the Safety passport expiry date.  If it is not taken within the specified time, then the two day CCNSG National Course will have to be retaken.

Resources:

In this section below we have all the resources needed:

Our home page is, www.simpleducks.com

This is the booking page

Here is the link to My ECS

Go to the support section of our website for the FREE Reference download: Support

The next video to help you with “MY ECS’ is available here on Tuesday 18th September 2018:

Have a look at our recommendations at Course Check choose FIND a DATE and BOOK.

Should you need any further information then either call: 02089988825 or email me at info@simpleducks.com

Watch the video – What does a HSE Specialist Inspector of Electrical and Control Systems Engineering do?

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Can you make a difference?! Then if so, apply for this position!! closes 15/10/2018!!

HSE Electrical Engineers help employers across Great Britain – a whole range of essential industries with thousands of workers – to manage work safely.

In this role, you can influence not just an individual employer but whole sectors. Your work will make the most of your significant technical knowledge and experience – whether that’s investigating the cause of a fatal incident, helping an employer understand the right controls to have in place or contributing to contributing to the development of industry policy and guidelines.

No two days are the same and the technical challenges you’ll face will be unique, as will the knowledge and skills you will gain with us.  And you’ll be supported by your team colleagues together with the widest range of health and safety experts in Britain.

Electrical Engineer (FOD Band 3/SEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Closing date: 15 Oct 2018

Reference number

1596461

Salary 52,000 – 60,468

Grade Senior Executive Officer Band 3

Contract type: Permanent

Business area: Specialist Recruitment

Type of role: Engineering

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time

Hours: 37

Number of posts: 1

Location

Basingstoke, South East : Bedford, Eastern : Birmingham, West Midlands : Bristol, South West

About the job

Job description

About HSE

The Health and Safety Executive is an independent regulator. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industries and the constantly evolving nature of work and technology. Combining specialists from every field, our employees strive to keep people and their working environments safe. We don’t just inspect workplaces and implement the law, we campaign for better H&S practice, we craft and review guidance and regulations, we provide specialist products and services both here and overseas, and we produce crucial research and statistics – all towards our goal #HelpGBWorkWell.

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy.

Our Electrical Engineers help some of Britain’s most hazardous – and essential – industries work safely and well. And in this role, you can utilise your considerable technical knowledge to influence not only individual employers but whole industry sectors.

A career with HSE gives you a rare opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers and work activities.

You’ll work alongside other technical specialists to ensure that employers operating in a wide variety of industries, such as electrical power distribution and transmission, utilities, agriculture and construction, do so safely.

Your work will make the most of your technical skills and specialist knowledge – whether that’s investigating the cause of a fatal incident, helping an employer understand the right controls to have in place or contributing to the development of industry policy and guidelines. As you can see this role will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other role can.

Together with the widest range of health and safety specialists in Britain, you’ll be helping to protect thousands of people, whether that is from our offices or out on site.

Key responsibilities include;

– Forensic analysis of electrical/control system related concerns, accidents and reportable incidents to identify the root cause and where necessary, lead the technical aspect of the investigation, calling in other specialist support and supporting legal action to prevent a recurrence;

– Inspect a variety of workplaces to make sure that risks are handled safely, driving improvements and gaining commitment to follow the law.

– Appear as specialist witness at tribunals, inquests and legal proceedings;

– Secure intelligence, share information and advice towards policy, research, and guidance to benefit other Government departments, the public, industry, professional bodies and trade associations.

– Contribute as a member of the Electrical Engineering team to promote Health and Safety improvements to national and international standards at various forums, and at relevant conferences.

You will be expected to spend short periods working away from home.

Training:

At HSE, you can develop your expertise even further. While working, you will complete specialist training to understand the legal and enforcement requirements of this front-line role. This includes a mixture of e-learning and face to face tutorials.

Person Specification

To be considered for this role, you will;

– have substantial practical experience of electrical/control system engineering

– a breadth of experience in the following areas;

– distribution and use of electricity at both high and low voltage, including safe systems of work;

– electrical, electronic and programmable electronic safety-related control systems (such as PLCs) relating to process control equipment and machinery.

– Safety-related control systems including hazards and failure mechanisms, risk assessment techniques, design, implementation and testing, maintenance and modification;

– application and use of electrical equipment in hazardous atmospheres.

In addition, you’ll have made some impact in your career so far making intelligent, measured decisions in your area, with good analytical skills to spot underlying issues. Communication is key in this role and you will be able to persuade and influence people at all levels. We value people who respect others, work well in a team and can build robust relationships with employers and other partners.

Person specification

To be considered for this role, you will;

• have substantial practical experience of electrical/control system engineering

Licences

A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.

Qualifications

An Honours degree in electrical engineering or control system engineering.

Memberships

Membership of a relevant institution (e.g. Institute of Engineering and Technology) and be chartered with the Engineering Council UK (ECUK), or the qualifications and experience to become chartered.

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Benefits

Returning to work after a break

We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

• Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance related awards.

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 21%, far more than in the private sector.

• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.

• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave

Allowances

This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excessfares-
allowance-policy.htm)

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

We recruit in two stages:

– An initial sift to create a shortlist

– Selection interviews stage.

To make an initial application, complete your CV and personal statement on Civil Service Jobs. Your personal statement (no more than 1200 words) will set out how you match the role requirements listed above:

– Your current level of responsibility

– The breadth and depth of your experience

– The technical quality and standard of your work.

You will also need to pass security check level clearance, and meet UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

We recruit on merit based on fair and open competition, embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format please contact hr.resourcing.team@hse.gsi.gov.uk

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the terms and conditions you will adopt should you be successful in your application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact: hr.resourcing.team@hse.gsi.gov.uk

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Eligibility

Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Richard Hines: Richard.Hines@hse.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

TBC

Further information

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact: hr.resourcing.team@hse.gsi.gov.uk
Complaints:

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: HR.Resourcing-Team@hse.gov.uk or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team
2.3 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
Merseyside
L20 7HS

Alternatively you can contact Civil Service commissioners:

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

Watch the video! Tottenham Hotspurs edges closer to completion!

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New arena edges closer to completion and Spurs fans have every right to be excited!

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium has edged closer to completion with the pitch now fully laid at the development.

Having looked like just a shell for some time, the arena now looks ready for action with the turf installed.

Work started on the laying of the grass on Tuesday and was completed on Wednesday night with further works ongoing, including lighting rigs entering the pitch to help it grow and knit together.

The pitch had been prepared in the Netherlands and was being brought to the UK in 23 refrigerated lorries earlier in the week.

It’s a huge boost for both the club and its fans who saw their original date for the opening of stadium, September 15, come and go due to problems with ‘critical safety systems’ at the ground.

While the issues are attended to, the club have had to play their matches at Wembley, with all their Champions League home games also scheduled to be there, even if they do move into their new home sooner than November 28, when Spurs face Inter Milan.

Many supporters believe their opening match could come against London rivals Chelsea on November 24 but there is no official word on this, with test events having to be carried out for the club to obtain the necessary safety certificates to open the stadium fully.

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Watch the video! – New Rules 2018 – How to get your Labourers ECS Card with the Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H&S Course London

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So, you might be an Electricians mate or labourer working on UK Construction Sites and you’ve just found out that you need to do a training course to get the labourers ECS card?

Unfortunately I have to break it to you, that the road ahead isn’t that simple. However, and thankfully, I’ve had the time to analyse options and after you’ve read this post it should help you in making the right decision to choose the type of training and training provider.

A couple of weeks back I had a call from a young chap called Thomas enquiring about the Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H&S Course London, which we deliver here in West London and Nationwide.  But, he only wanted the Core Day and nothing else.  I thought this was unusual.

Becoming a little confused; because most people requiring the Safety Passport Alliance S.P.A Core Day Health and Safety Course then go onto completing Day 2, which is an industry specific qualification such as Safety Passport Alliance SPA Food & Drink Passport  or for working on a Petrol Station then the SPA Petrol Retail – Forecourt Contractors or in a Quarry as a contractor then the SPA Mineral Products course.

Basically, the Safety Passport Alliance Core Day provides the foundation in Safety Awareness whilst Day 2 looks at specific areas and practices within that industry for Contractors or Service Companies.

I asked Thomas why he needed just the SPA Core Day only and he went onto explain, “the requirements for Labourers working in the Electrical Industry had changed from the 1stAugust 2018 and for me to apply for my card I now need a H&S qualification as specified by ECS”.  “I’d missed the deadline and I now urgently need the card to get onto site to make some money over the summer holidays for when I go back to University”.

This was the 1stof many calls I received from guys requiring this training and needing it fast! Since then we’ve had quite a few candidates attend training with us, however and more importantly we’ve had lots of calls from you guys wondering what to do!!  So as a result of this I put together the following video to try and help you guys and girls in the industry.

The changes to Labourer, Manager and Related Disciplines cards have been introduced so that the ECS can continue to meet Construction Skills Certifications Scheme (CSCS) partnerships criteria, following the announcement by the Construction Leadership Council that nationally-recognised qualifications should be in place for all construction-related occupations by 2020.  You can read the rules here by following this link ECS

You will have to provide evidence you are working as an Electrical Labourer with an electrical company and hold either ONE of the following health and safety qualifications (to guide you in the right direction here, you will need a work reference from either a agency you are working for or your employer stating you are an electrical labourer, which needs to be printed on their company letterhead and signed and dated and you will then need to upload this onto your My ECS)

Here is the video on how to upload your details onto MY ECS:

The following three options:

• CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course

• IOSH Working Safely – (IOSH Approved Centre Classroom Invigilated Exam ONLY) (this means it cannot be a distance learning or online course – it is a classroom course).

• Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course.  This is the course we deliver.  Go to the booking page here.

These qualifications are accepted as a 3-year exemption from the ECS HS&E Assessment. If you have gained one of these qualifications within the last three years, you will not need to sit the ECS assessment separately when you apply for the new style of card, until the next point of renewal.

OR:

Hold a JIB-approved electrical theory qualification and the ECS HS&E Assessment.


• Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course London.  This is the course we deliver.

Safety Pass Alliance (S.P.A Core Day)

It is a one day course and we have moved considerably away from delivering this course purely by powerpoint instead opting for more practical exercises to really promote learning.

We deliver this course, every Wednesday here in Ealing, West London for the open course and if you are an employer and have a large number of people to train, we can come to you at a discounted cost.

The safety passport card takes a MAXIUM of 10 working days to arrive (which is quicker than the other options) so this allows you to plan.  In most cases, it arrives well before that time.

The cost of the course is £138+vat

Again, The Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course London, open course is here in West London.

The maximum people we can train at one time is 20.  If you would like Simpleducksto deliver the course at your premises then this is not problem, please call usfor prices as we offer a discounted price for groups.

You can book online at www.simpleducks.com – go to the training page, find a date and book.  All links are below or call on 02089988825.

You can also go to www.coursecheck.com to see further recommendations from previous candidates who have attended our training courses.

Further details are available on our website.  www.simpleducks.com.  I hope this helps.  If this video was a help then please give us a like or share it with someone who might need it.


  • IOSH Working Safely

Positives:

  1. IOSH is a great organisation and the course itself is very good.
  2. IOSH have a good vetting procedure to ensure the trainers delivering their courses are up to date with the latest legislation, laws, best practice and relevant professional work experience etc.
  3. The trainers also have to be registered with IOSH at Tech Level which is really good for routing out all those dodgy back street training companies.

Negatives:

  1. Course providers are given a time period to submit details of their candidates back to IOSH and the time taken can become excessive, particularly when you cannot gain the ECS Card until you’ve uploaded your certificate onto My ECS.  This can take a number of weeks for certificates to arrive

• CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course

It is a 2 day course, with lots of participation, however there arnt  many providers in the South offering it.  You will receive (only if you ask for it),a temporary card which can be uploaded onto ECS but it is only valid for around 6 weeks and if your full card has not arrived after this point then you could have some technical issues with the validilityof your ECS card.  But, if you are not in a rush and wanting to work in the Allied Industries then this is probably the best route for you.
·
·CCNSG Renewal
·The CCNSG Renewal Course is designed as a one day refresher course.  It is for those who have already passed the CCNSG National Course.  This has to be taken within three months of the Safety passport expiry date.  If it is not taken within the specified time, then the two day CCNSG National Course will have to be retaken.

Resources:

In this section below we have all the resources needed:

Our home page is, www.simpleducks.com

This is the booking page

Here is the link to My ECS

Go to the support section of our website for the FREE Reference download: Support

The next video to help you with “MY ECS’ is available here on Tuesday 18th September 2018:

Have a look at our recommendations at Course Check choose FIND a DATE and BOOK.

Should you need any further information then either call: 02089988825 or email me at info@simpleducks.com

Regards

Garet

Updated!! How to Get your CSCS Card on the Cheap! Watch the video…

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To get your Green Card you need to do two things.

Pass the CSCS touch screen HS&E Test and pass a 1 Day H&S Awareness Course. See the video below which will talk you through what you need to do.

Starting on the touch screen H&S Test.  There are two types of test centres.  There are those which are run and managed by CITB and they will charge you £19.50 (VAT Exempt) and there are Independent Test Centres who have a licence to run these tests and they are called ITC’s (Independent Test Centres).  Prices range enormously through ITC’s and are usually a lot more expensive than CITB and if they are legitimate centres then they will probably charge you on top of the test fee VAT (today’s current rate for VAT is plus 20%) .

The cheapest way to do the Touch Screen Test therefore is through a CITB Centre but how do you go about booking the test? This is an easy process and the best way to do it is online as this will give you the flexibility to choose a CITB Centre which is close to either your work or your home.  Alternatively you can telephone CSCS to make a booking.

What you need to do………

As we said, booking online is the best way for increased speed on seeing available seats at a Centre of your choice.  However, before you go steaming off to book your test, you need to know you can pass it, right?  There is revision material out there on the market but the question is, which is best?  We’ve found that the CITB Official Test Revision is by far the best, and its the cheapest.  For £5.99 you can download the Test App for iPhone or Smartphone, and start practicing the test and when you start passing with ‘ease’ then thats the time to go and book it.  Below I’ve provided the correct links.

Features of the app include:

  • New word search facility to help you revise key areas of concern.
  • Access to the full suite of revision material and sample case studies.
  • A timed practice test in the same format as the real test.
  • Full progress reports so that you can review your progress and identify gaps in your knowledge.
  • The Operatives and specialist app is available in 14 different languages including Polish, Bulgarian and Portuguese.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD

Apps are available to download on iOS or Android devices. Use the links below to download your copy of the app.

Ops & Specialist app

Ops & Specialist app

Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

Now for Booking the Test

Book by phoning 0344 994 4488. Lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to midday on Saturdays, but expect to be on hold for sometime!

Booking online is by far the easiest!  Use this link (SIGN UP), and then follow the online instructions.

Simpleducks offer the One Day H&S Awareness Course in Health & Safety in The Construction Environment.

Special Offer Price until the end of 2018 – £125.00+vat for One Day Training

Training runs once a Month on a Saturday at our Centre in West London

To book call:

t: +44(0) 20899 88825

m: +44(0) 79834 95846

This Training Schedules on :

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74983 London 2018-03-31 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
74988 London 2018-04-28 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
74993 London 2018-05-26 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
74998 London 2018-06-30 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75003 London 2018-07-28 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75008 London 2018-08-25 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75013 London 2018-09-29 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75018 London 2018-10-27 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75019 London 2018-11-24 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75028 London 2018-12-22 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75033 London 2019-01-26 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75038 London 2019-02-23 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75043 London 2019-03-30 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75048 London 2019-04-27 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20

 

Remember to study your behavioural sections prior to taking the test!  Applicable to everyone!!!

To book this course please click the link below:

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VIDEO: Driver sentenced after hitting pedestrian

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Warning: CCTV video contains graphic footage

An employee of a skip firm has been sentenced after causing serious injury to a pedestrian.

Southwark Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of the incident, which took place on 2 August 2017. The footage showed Daividas Rupeika driving into another excavator at the site in Wimbledon, south-west London.

He then proceeded to reverse the excavator at speed, resulting in a pedestrian being crushed against a shed wall and sustaining serious injuries.

An investigation by the HSE into the incident found that Rupeika had not complied with his duty to take reasonable care for himself and others whilst operating the excavator.

Daividas Rupeika, of Thompson Crescent, Croydon, pleaded not guilty to two charges of breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

One charge related to him deliberately driving his excavator into another which was being driven by a workmate and the second charge related to him driving too fast in the circumstances.

A jury found Rupeika guilty of both counts after a five-day trial. On 16 February 2018 he was sentenced to six months in custody suspended for two years and was ordered to undertake 40 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £115.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector Sarah Pearce said: “Employees should take care of themselves and others whilst at work. 23% of those fatally injured at work in the waste industry were struck by a moving vehicle. This incident could so easily have had more severe consequences for all involved. Employees should be aware of the dangers and potential consequences of operating plant in an unsafe manner.”

How to get your CSCS Green Card on the cheap!

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To get your Green Card you need to do two things.

Pass the CSCS touch screen HS&E Test and pass a 1 Day H&S Awareness Course. See the video below which will talk you through what you need to do.

Starting on the touch screen H&S Test.  There are two types of test centres.  There are those which are run and managed by CITB and they will charge you £19.50 (VAT Exempt) and there are Independent Test Centres who have a licence to run these tests and they are called ITC’s (Independent Test Centres).  Prices range enormously through ITC’s and are usually a lot more expensive than CITB and if they are legitimate centres then they will probably charge you on top of the test fee VAT (today’s current rate for VAT is plus 20%) .

The cheapest way to do the Touch Screen Test therefore is through a CITB Centre but how do you go about booking the test? This is an easy process and the best way to do it is online as this will give you the flexibility to choose a CITB Centre which is close to either your work or your home.  Alternatively you can telephone CSCS to make a booking.

What you need to do………

As we said, booking online is the best way for increased speed on seeing available seats at a Centre of your choice.  However, before you go steaming off to book your test, you need to know you can pass it, right?  There is revision material out there on the market but the question is, which is best?  We’ve found that the CITB Official Test Revision is by far the best, and its the cheapest.  For £5.99 you can download the Test App for iPhone or Smartphone, and start practicing the test and when you start passing with ‘ease’ then thats the time to go and book it.  Below I’ve provided the correct links.

Features of the app include:

  • New word search facility to help you revise key areas of concern.
  • Access to the full suite of revision material and sample case studies.
  • A timed practice test in the same format as the real test.
  • Full progress reports so that you can review your progress and identify gaps in your knowledge.
  • The Operatives and specialist app is available in 14 different languages including Polish, Bulgarian and Portuguese.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD

Apps are available to download on iOS or Android devices. Use the links below to download your copy of the app.

Ops & Specialist app

Ops & Specialist app

Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

Now for Booking the Test

Book by phoning 0344 994 4488. Lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to midday on Saturdays, but expect to be on hold for sometime!

Booking online is by far the easiest!  Use this link (SIGN UP), and then follow the online instructions.

Simpleducks offer the One Day H&S Awareness Course in Health & Safety in The Construction Environment.

Special Offer Price until the end of 2018 – £99+vat for One Day Training

Training runs once a Month on a Saturday at our Centre in West London

To book call:

t: +44(0) 20899 88825

m: +44(0) 79834 95846

This Training Schedules on :

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75013 London 2018-09-29 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75018 London 2018-10-27 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75019 London 2018-11-24 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75028 London 2018-12-22 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
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75038 London 2019-02-23 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
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The correct Apps for the HS&E Touch Screen Test

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HS&E test revision apps

On the move and want to revise for your HS&E test?

Test your knowledge with the official CITB revision apps – wherever you are and whatever you are doing for just £5.99.

The apps are available to purchase for both Operatives and specialist & Managers and professionals tests.

Features of the app include:

  • New word search facility to help you revise key areas of concern
  • Access to the full suite of revision material and sample case studies
  • A timed practice test in the same format as the real test
  • Full progress reports so that you can review your progress and identify gaps in your knowledge
  • The Operatives and specialist app is available in 14 different languages including Polish, Bulgarian and Portuguese
How to download

Apps are available to download on iOS or Android devices. Use the links below to download your copy of the app.

Ops & Specialist app

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Ops & Specialist app

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Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

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Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

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Follow this link to show you how to apply for the card

2 Day SPA Food and Drink Contractors Safety Passport including Core Day

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To give participants an understanding of general health and safety and the specific hazards associated working in the food and drink manufacturing industry.  The programme focuses on food hygiene, environmental concerns and health and safety and considers the implications for cost, business, job security and risk of injury if these are not properly considered.

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Course aim

To provide information and training relevant to the food and drink industry sector in respect of food hygiene, environmental concerns and health and safety so as to support the continued improvement of such standards throughout the sector.  To understand the implications for cost, business, job security and risk of injury if concerns for hygiene, environment and health and safety are not properly considered.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course delegates will have the knowledge to:

  • Compare injury incident rates across some industry sectors
  • Understand the importance of training, awareness and good personal behaviour in reducing potential for harm
  • Recognise the implications for cost, job security and risk of injury if areas of concern are not addressed and controlled
  • Understand the three main areas of concern as food damage, environmental damage and people damage

DAY 1 – Core  

  • Setting the Scene Accidents
  • Organising for Safety Responsibilities, duties and risk assessment, consultation and enforcement officers.
  • Workplace Safety General workplace safety requirements, behavioural safety, fire safety, working at height, hidden services, asbestos, confined spaces, and display screen equipment.
  • Plant & Machinery Hand held tools, electricity, and power tools.
  • Health Hygiene, hazardous substances, effects of the sun, temperature, occupational diseases, manual handling, vibration, noise and stress.
  • Procedures Safe systems of work, first aid requirements and occupational road accidents.
  • The Environment Pollution and waste, employers and employees responsibilities,


Module 1: Importance of the Food & Drink industry to the UK

Aim

To understand how the food industry impacts on all aspects within the UK and to establish that everyone is part of the chain.

Underpinning knowledge

The economy
The future
Our society
The company

Module 2: Health and Safety in Food & Drink Manufacturing

Aim

To provide an awareness and understanding of the hazards to health and safety particularly relevant to the food and drink sector and the control measures necessary to continually reducing levels of risk.

Underpinning knowledge

  • Slips and trips, and the need for good housekeeping
  • Hazards and protective measures arising from working at height Scaffolds
  • Hazards associated with confined spaces, the legal requirements, and protective measures.
  • The risks and controls arising from works transport, including delivery and despatch vehicles.
  • An awareness of the hazard of electricity and how associated risks can be controlled
  • An understanding of the risks and controls arising from food processing machinery
  • An understanding of the basic principles of hygienic design and the importance of not comprising hygiene or health and safety by carrying out unauthorised modifications
  • An understanding of the potential for damage to health arising from materials and substances encountered in the food and drink sector
  • An awareness of the risk of exposure to temperature extremes (hot and cold), the potential harmful effects, and necessary precautions
  • An understanding of the risks of fire and explosion and identification of particular risk areas particular the presence of laminated partition walling involving metallic clad polystyrene insulation, and the importance of client permission before carrying out hot work in such areas
Module 3: Types of Food Contamination

Aim

To demonstrate different areas and to show how food can be contaminated.

 Underpinning knowledge

  • An overview of where contamination can occur
  • Chemical contamination: raw materials, cleaning materials, maintenance work and human contamination
  • Physical object contamination: Infrastructure, maintenance operations, human sourced, and pest contamination
  • Biological contamination, including the 3 main types of bacteria
  • Allergens

Module 4: Effects of food contamination

Aim

To advise what may happen if you come into contact with contaminated food & drink.

Underpinning Knowledge

To recognise who is at risk of being harmed if food is not protected
To understand what is the likely result once someone has been on contact with contaminated food
Identify the different types of Bacteria risks, including: Campylobacter, Clostridium Perfringens, Salmonella, Staphylococcus Aureus, Botulism, E Coli,
Understand the damage it can have to your brand

Module 5 – Food Safety Controls 

Aim

To understand the different safety controls used to protect people from contaminated food & drink

Underpinning Knowledge

  • Legal Controls – Food Safety Act 1990
  • Enforcement – Environmental health officers, who are they and what they do
  • Critical Control Points (HACCP) – What is it and why is it used, it is a system to ensure total food safety
  • Best practices and personal responsibility – what are our responsibilities as employee, including details on preventing contamination to the workplace

Module 6 – Environmental Issues

Aim

To provide an understanding of environmental hazards and risks and how these affect everyone working in the food and drink sector.

Underpinning Knowledge

To recognise the main types of environmental damage as air pollution, water pollution, land pollution, noise pollution and light pollution and understand the range of damage/nuisance caused by such matters
To recognise the importance of co-operation and co-ordination with site operator when considering potential pollution matters
To recognise and accept the personal responsibility required of everyone if the environment is to be protected for the benefit of everyone.