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Course Overview

HSS Training Limited is an independent testing and training center based in West London. With many years of experience, we can help you achieve the right qualification for the right job, we offer training and support to ensure you are relaxed and prepared before you start your test or training.

We advise our clients to study the Health, Safety, and Environment test book for Operatives and Specialists prior to the test which is available to purchase from our office. In June 2014 the CSCS card rules changed. Laborers now need to pass a one-day Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, as well as passing the CSCS test before they can apply for the 5-year card.

We can offer a one-day package to get clients on-site in the quickest possible time. Another option is to pass the CSCS test and apply for a provisional 6-month card which is non-renewable and gives you 6 months in which to complete a Level 1 Award. If you have been refused entry on-site, our same-day test service, instant pass certificate, and supporting letter will enable you to start work straight away.

 Course Details

Anyone applying for a CSCS Green Card will be required to complete the new BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. The qualification replaces the old accreditation route which has been widely abused.

There is just one mandatory unit: ‘Health and Safety in a Construction Environment’ – to be delivered over 40 learning hours. The aim of this unit is to ensure building laborers have a basic understanding of health and safety working practices, relevant legal regulations, and the responsibilities of staff and site operatives on construction sites.

Who needs this qualification?

Anyone wishing to apply for the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) Green Card to work on a UK construction site.

Why is this qualification important?

The Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment provides learners with an essential foundation in relevant matters of health and safety. It is suitable for individuals wanting to work in the construction industry and those already employed in the industry seeking to renew their knowledge in this area.

The qualification pre-supposes no former knowledge on the part of those who aim to attain it.

Relationship with the Qualifications and Credit Framework

The Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment is accredited by the UK qualifications regulators in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

The level of a qualification indicates its relative difficulty. Successful achievement of the learning outcomes for the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment will earn a candidate four credits.

Qualification content

  • The importance, key terms, legal responsibilities, and reasons for good health and safety

  • Fatalities, injuries, and ill-health in construction

  • Risk assessments and method statements

  • Slips and trips

  • Working at height

  • Moving vehicles and mobile plan

  • Work equipment

  • Fire

  • Electricity

  • Manual handling

  • Noise

  • Vibration

  • Hazardous substances

  • Alcohol and drugs

  • Health and safety signs

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Welfare facilities and personal hygiene

  • Emergencies and first aid

  • Reporting accidents and ill-health

The qualification is suitable for learners aged 16+ who require the development of their knowledge and understanding of health and safety in a construction environment. Learners will gain the knowledge and skills to work safely and efficiently in their workplace. The qualification is also for individuals who wish to gain the CSCS Green Card, or for current Construction Site Operative cardholders seeking renewal.

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