Expanded health and safety qualification for construction sector

CSCS cardAn expanded version of the Level 1 award in health and safety in construction has been launched to give learners more knowledge as they work towards their CSCS card.

The HABC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety for Construction (QCF) expands on the qualification available elsewhere but with an additional bolt-on unit which focusses on preventing accidents caused by human factors, covering how effective teamwork and good communication can support safety working practices.

It also covers common hazards and risks in a construction environment, safe manual handling practices, working safely at height and working safely around plant and machinery.

It is designed for learners working in, or aspiring to work in, the construction industry, and will give them the knowledge to undertake their jobs safely. Successful learners who also complete the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment knowledge test will fulfil the requirements to apply for the CSCS Labourer’s card (Green Card).

The qualification has been developed by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’), one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, and is aimed exclusively at the construction sector.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘Feedback from the industry suggested that many employers and trainers felt the Level 1 award needed to go further and provide learners with more in-depth knowledge. To that end, HABC has added an extra unit – taking it from four to six credits – and making it a more substantial qualification that genuinely helps learners work towards their CSCS card whilst giving them a better understanding of health and safety issues’.

Notes to editors:
1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance ‘(HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

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