Health Matters are a leading provider of Health & Safety training including that of the CSR Card within the construction sector in Northern Ireland.
One of the sectors most popular courses is the one day CSR training course often referred to as the CSR card course, site pass course or safe pass course by individuals associated with the construction sector in Northern Ireland.
The 1 day Construction Skills Register (CSR) Health and Safety Training scheme is aimed at all construction personnel including new entrants, to ensure that they have a basic knowledge of Health and Safety to comply with relevant legislation and make them aware of the inherent dangers on construction sites.
Completion of the training and successful occupational assessment, participants will be registered with the Construction Federation and will obtain a CSR card.
The CEFNI who are the awarding body for the CSR card scheme state that all applicants must undergo Health and Safety Training and Skills Assessment delivered by an Accredited CSR Provider. Health Matters are one of these accredited providers based in Newry & Belfast Northern Ireland.
Health Matters continues to provide the construction sector in Northern Ireland with high-quality construction specific training and CSR card / Site Pass training will continue to be a large proportion of this training. Call either of our Newry or Belfast training centres for available dates and time of upcoming CSR card courses. Remember we can also travel to you for groups anywhere in Northern Ireland (NI).
Please Note: CSR Health & Safety Training is also mutually recognized in GB by the CSCS scheme – contact our team for further information/confirmation on this affiliation agreement.
A regular concern by many construction sector organsiations who work cross border is whether or not the CSR Card / CSR training is valid in the Republic of Ireland.
The CEFNI have recently acted to clarify the situation and have stated that the Construction Skills Register (CSR) has a mutual recognition agreement with SOLAS in the Republic of Ireland that confirms the CSR one day health and safety course is deemed equivalent to the Safe Pass health and safety course and vice versa.
This clarification will be welcome news to many construction firms within Northern Ireland who strive to obtain health and safety training that is recognised in both jurisdictions.Health Matters can confirm that it has experienced little issue with Republic of Ireland based contractors and clients rejecting the CSR training course / card as equivalent to the Republic of Ireland Solas Safe Pass.
Shaun Doran from Health Matters states “On a very rare occasion we will have a client who calls us to state that they have been rejected access on to site in the republic of Ireland with a CSR card. In such an instance this is dealt with very simply in that we will make direct contact with the contractor / client to inform them of the mutual recognition between the CSR / SOLAS scheme. Generally an email and correspondence obtained from the CEFNI will suffice and alleviate their concerns and the individual is there after granted access to site.”
There are however some construction categories within the CSR scheme that are not mutually recognised these being some types of plant machinery, scaffolding, roof & wall cladding/sheeting and built up roof felting. CSR does not have mutual recognition with the CSCS in the Republic of Ireland. Therefore CSR cards in these categories will not be accepted on site.
We have been informed that the CEFNI (CSR) have met with SOLAS and continues to discuss a potential solution to this issue. It is likely that the work required to agree mutual recognition will take some time, however there is an interim solution.
Details of this solution can be obtained by checking out the CEF website https://www.cefni.co.uk/news/update or alternatively contacting Health Matters Newry on 028 3025 6482 or Belfast on 028 9002 0044
Green Card – General Construction Operative
The green card is available to applicants who carry out basic site skills only. Applicants must complete the 1 day CSR Health and Safety Training and Occupational Assessment.
The green card will also be issued to those operatives whose occupations do not fall under the remit of the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (NI) and therefore no occupational assessment is available. In this instance applicants complete health and safety training only.
Please note: From 1st April 2019, CSR is changing and will no longer issue any new or renewal General Construction Operative cards. GCO cards issued up to 31st March 2019 will continue to be valid for 4 years from the date of health and safety training. Click here to read more.
Blue Card – Skilled Construction Operative
The Blue Skilled Construction Operative card is available to applicants with experience on site. Applicants must complete the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and Occupational Assessment.
Blue Card – Craft
The Blue Craft card is available to Craftsmen who have completed the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and NVQ Level 2 in a craft occupation or an occupational assessment based on NVQ 2 standards.
Blue Card – Basic Scaffolder / System Scaffolder
Applicants must complete NVQ Level 2 ‘Accessing Operations and Rigging – Scaffolding’ and the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and the Scaffolder’s Touch Screen test. Occupational assessment is not available for scaffolding.
Gold Card – Craft
The Gold Craft card is available to Craftsmen who have completed the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and NVQ Level 3 in a construction related occupation or an occupational assessment based on NVQ 3 standards.
Gold Card – Advanced Scaffolder
Applicants must complete NVQ Level 3 ‘Accessing Operations and Rigging – Scaffolding’ and the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and the Scaffolder’s Touch Screen test. Occupational assessment is not available for scaffolding.
White Card – Temporary
Yellow Card – Construction Site Visitor
The Visitor card is for those who frequently visit a construction site but do not carry out construction tasks on site. Applicants must complete the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training.
Blue Card – Plant Operator
All candidates are required to complete the CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training and Operative Touch Screen Test. The candidate must achieve NVQ 2 in Plant Operations and must record a minimum of 300 hours operating experience on each category in the CSR logbook. Candidates who cannot record 300 hours will be able to complete a site assessment in its place. A Blue Plant Operator Card will not be issued unless six months has passed from the time of issue of the Red Trained Plant Operator Card, and the Operative Touch Screen Health and Safety Test has been passed within two years of the application date.
Red Card – Trainee Supervisor/Manager
This card is available to both undergraduates and graduate entrants in the construction industry.
To qualify for this card, candidates must complete the CSR 1 Day Health and Safety training and provide evidence of either current registration with a further/higher education college for a nationally recognised construction related qualification or satisfactory completion of a nationally recognised construction related qualification in a further/higher education college. There is no requirement for an assessment to be completed.
Gold Card – Supervisor
All applicants must complete the CSR 4 day Site Safety Supervisors Course and Touch Screen Test. Applicants are required to have 5 years’ experience as a Construction Supervisor and complete a Supervisors assessment, or hold an NVQ Level 3 in Construction Site Supervision.
Gold Card – Health & Safety Practitioner
Completion of the NEBOSH Certificate (General or Construction), or NEBOSH Diploma or NVQ4 in Occupational Health and Safety, and IOSH Membership (Minimum Technician Member) or IIRSM Membership (Minimum Associate Member Participating in a CPD programme), and Confirmation by way of an employer declaration of 2 years experience in a health and safety role in the construction industry
Platinum Card – Architectural Technologist
CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training & evidence of full membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
Platinum Card – Architect
CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training & evidence of full membership of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), or evidence of current registration with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
Platinum Card – Chartered Surveyor
CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training & evidence of full membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Gold Card – Assistant Surveyor
CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training & evidence of probationer membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Construction Skills Register (CSR) is making a number of significant changes during 2019. These changes are being introduced to ensure CSR continues to meet the needs of the Northern Ireland construction industry and to enable continued mobility and acceptance of CSR cards throughout the UK, through compliance with the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLCs) One Industry Logo requirements.
From 1 April 2019, CSR will no longer issue any new or renewal General Construction Operative (GCO) cards. GCO cards issued up to 31 March 2019 will continue to be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training.
A new CSR Labourer card will be introduced on 1 April 2019 for those working in a labouring occupation. Applicants must complete the CSR one day health and safety course and have an employer declaration completed to confirm they are working in a labouring occupation. The card will be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training.
Cardholders whose GCO cards expire from 1 April 2019 should apply for a Labourer card, if they meet the requirements above, or another CSR card that is more appropriate for the job role they carry out.
Historically GCO cards have been issued to construction-related occupations that do not fall under the remit of the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (Northern Ireland), the owner of the scheme. These occupations including electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilation and gas installation will not be eligible for a Labourer card when it is launched in April 2019. Other CSCS partner card schemes are available for these occupations.
From 1 April, 2019 CSR will also be introducing a Health and Safety Trained card. This card will provide evidence of appropriate health and safety training only and will not display the card holder’s occupation. Candidates must complete the CSR one day health and safety course to be eligible for this card which will be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training.
The Buildsafe-NI Action Plan (2011) requires all site operatives and staff to have appropriate health and safety training. Government Construction Clients must include this as a contract requirement. The Health and Safety Trained Card will meet this obligation for operatives. It will also be accepted in the Republic of Ireland as a result of the mutual recognition agreement that deems the CSR one day health and safety course to be equivalent to the Safe Pass one day course.
It is important to note however that this card will not meet the CLC One Industry Logo requirements and therefore WILL NOT be accepted in GB.