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The Health and Safety Benefits of Being CSCS Approved

By admin on April 7, 2014 in CSCS Information with 2 Comments

There are a lot of risks associated with the construction industry, making it one of the most dangerous sectors. A lot of accidents, injuries and even deaths occur inside a construction site. Workers are also more concerned about finishing the job as quickly and as efficiently as they can without regard to their safety.


A scheme was introduced in order to minimise the risks and casualties inside the site. Aside from this, it aims to educate the workers regarding safety and health issues. Said scheme is called Construction Skills Certification Scheme or CSCS.

As a mandatory requirement, all workers need to pass the Health, Safety and Environment test. Let us look into the health and safety benefits provided to approved CSCS cardholders.


  1. CSCS cardholders are able to work in a safe working environment.

    Construction workers have a higher probability of getting killed than those who work in other sectors. Because of the introduction of the scheme, the number of injuries, accidents and other fatalities has significantly reduced. From 2011 to 2012, there were only 173 recorded fatalities covering all sectors. And since 1995, the number of construction-related accidents is decreasing. As a CSCS cardholder, you are assured of a safer working environment since all of you inside the site are able to carry out safety measures.


  1. There is a standard health and safety requirements in all construction sites.

    Before the CSCS, every industry has its own criteria and policies inside the construction site. Some don’t even have a safety plan at all. Since construction workers are most likely to work from one site of another, it will be difficult to familiarize yourself with all these guidelines. As a result, construction sites operate in an unsafe manner because the workers don’t know what guidelines to follow. Through the scheme, health and safety requirements are standardized and employees need to comply with one criteria.


  1. The HS&E Test takes into account the level of experience of workers.

    Despite being a standardized system, CSCS was able to pattern the varying needs of all types of workers in terms of health and safety. Each type of worker in every sector in the construction industry requires a certain degree of health and safety requirements. Since the Health, Safety & Environment Test you will take will depend on the worker’s skill level and occupation, he will only need to focus on his area of expertise.


  1. CSCS cardholders possess adequate safe and healthy knowledge.

    This is the most important benefit all CSCS cardholders can gain from the scheme. To reiterate, the construction industry has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world since the workers are always at risk. Through CSCS, workers are equipped with adequate knowledge in terms of handling different scenarios. In other words, workers will be able to properly respond to situations in a calm and organized manner since they are trained and tested in handling real life situations.


The health and safety of construction workers should still be a part of every employer’s primary concern. By providing a safe working environment and having healthy workers, the public will remain confident in the construction industry.

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  1. David Davies says:

    None of the relevant tests allow sufficient time for applicants to complete the questions in the given time. Some tests require up to 83 answers to be given in 60 minutes
    This has SERIOUS implications for slow readers. Not all candidates are graduates
    Get to grips and give everyone a chance or it could lead to a discrimination case

    • admin says:

      Hi David, we only provide few mock tests and information for people to use to help them out. We do this without asking anything in return.

      If you have an issue with the way the tests are set out I would advice taking this up with CSCS and CITB as they are the ones in control of the testing and the way its laid out.