A new app, developed by the 38 card schemes displaying the CSCS logo, is set to radically improve the construction industry’s card checking procedures and site safety.  The CSCS Smart Check app represents a major step forward as, for the first time, all 2.1 million cards displaying the CSCS logo can be electronically verified using a single app.

The roll out of the app begins in April 2022, providing employers with a quick, easy and secure way of ensuring everyone on site has the right qualifications and training for the job they do.  The app will be free to use and available for Apple iOS and Android devices.  Visit https://www.cscs.uk.com/about/cscs-smart-check/ to find out more about the CSCS Smart Check app.

What does this mean for employers?

Sites should require everyone working in a construction occupation to hold a card displaying the CSCS logo and they should be checking those cards regularly to ensure they are genuine and in date.  However, with 38 schemes offering CSCS logoed cards and many using their own (often incompatible) card checking systems, the process can be complicated.  This places an unrealistic expectation on site management teams to know every scheme and every type of card available together with the different verification systems used.  Having one app to electronically check all cards at the site gates will make life easier for those responsible. It doesn’t matter what card turns up at the site gates, from asbestos to welding, if it displays a CSCS logo it will be compatible with the CSCS Smart Check app.

Early Adopters:  Are you a technology early adopter?  CSCS need some help to test the app.  If your site would like to take part in a pilot programme then please email the project team at communications@cscs.co.uk.

Next steps:  The roll out of the app will result in some changes to the way in which employers check cards at the site gates.  Over the coming weeks the 38 card schemes are committed to keeping the industry updated on our progress and everything you need to know about CSCS Smart Check.  Regular progress reports will be issued and we are planning several events to keep you and your colleagues updated. Further details on these events will be made available in the new year.

“It must be emphasised this is to check the CSCS card is genuine and in date, FIS strongly encourage members to ensure employees are operating on the card applicable to their status (trainee, apprentice, operative, supervisor, manger) and occupation.  When the Building Safety Bill takes hold a green Labourers card for a trades person could lead to that individual being turned away at the site gate.  The FIS Approved Training Provider Network have offers and discounts (including some free of charge qualifications) to help employers qualify the workforce and register for the appropriate CSCS card.  Remember CITB grants also apply to individuals working for organisations as LOSC which should help employer recoup so of the costs.  If you need help give FIS a call 0121 707 0077 or email info@thefis.org”.

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