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The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has said that it is no longer necessary for many on-site workers to carry a CSCS card.

Organisers stated that: “the blind faith many employers place in a 100% carded workforce can introduce unnecessary safety risks on site”. CSCS cards will no longer be issued for a range of construction-related occupations.

A full list of the occupations covered by the new exemption – including the likes of Pest Controller, Locksmith, and Tyre Fitter – can be viewed on the CSCS website.

The rationale behind the new rules is that CSCS cards have been being used merely as a means of entry to many sites. This differs from the intent of the scheme – which is designed to provide assurances of a worker’s training and qualifications before they undertake a role on site.

Alan O’Neile, Head of Communications at CSCS stated that: “we are not asking site managers to allow just anyone on site. If a worker is there to carry out a construction-related activity, then a card is required as proof of their training and qualifications. If they are there to perform a non construction-related activity it becomes the responsibility of site managers to induct and escort these people to ensure they remain safe at all times when on site.”