CSCS asks Employers to Check CSCS Cards Electronically After 4,615 Cards are Revoked
Employers in the construction industry are being urged to check their employees’ cards electronically after the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have revoked 4,615 cards, following investigations into fraudulent activity at five test centres.
CSCS wrote to all affected card holders in November to tell them that they needed to retake their HS&E test. Vouchers were provided to pay for retesting and steps were taken to reduce inconvenience for businesses.
Following analysis of how the test was answered, using known testing patterns and geographical factors, over 6,000 candidates who had completed the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test and more than 2,000 people who had completed the Site Safety Plus certificate were required to retake their test. This was to eliminate any doubt.
Those affected were asked to register by 20 December 2015, or risk the cancellation of their CSCS card.
Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS, said: “We take assurance that CITB’s in-depth analysis was accurate. While we accept that some people have been inconvenienced we have kept this to a minimum and removed unsafe cards from circulation.”
“We are urging employers to check the validity of all cards by either electronically reading the CSCS SmartCard or by using “Card Checker” via the CSCS website, to make sure that invalid cards are not permitted on site.”
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