Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

SQA – Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

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Qualification profile
This qualification is for people who currently work, or want to work in construction.

Who needs this qualification?
Anyone wishing to apply for the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) Green Card to work on a UK construction site.

Why is this qualification important?
Construction is one of the most dangerous workplace activities. Last year, in the UK, 42 of the 133 workplace fatalities occurred in construction.

Getting your CSCS (Green) Labourer’s Card
Please note – From the 1 July 2014 those who need a CSCS Green Card can obtain one by completing this qualification but will also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. This includes those entering the construction industry plus those who are renewing their card.

Mindset Training is a fully accredited CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test Centre and we can also supply this test as a stand-alone or part of an overall package.

Qualification structure
Candidates will need to undertake 1 Day of assisted learning and a final assessment via a 54 question multiple choice examination lasting about one hour and attain the pass level of 72%.

The Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment provides learners with an essential foundation in relevant matters of health and safety. It is suitable for individuals wanting to work in the construction industry and those already employed in the industry seeking to renew their knowledge in this area.

The qualification pre-supposes no former knowledge on the part of those who aim to attain it.

Relationship with the Qualifications and Credit Framework
The Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment is accredited by the UK qualifications regulators in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

The level of a qualification indicates its relative difficulty. Successful achievement of the learning outcomes for the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment will earn a candidate four credits.

Qualification content

• The importance, key terms, legal responsibilities and reasons for good health and safety
• Fatalities, injuries and ill-health in construction
• Risk assessments and method statements
• Slips and trips
• Working at height
• Moving vehicles and mobile plant
• Work equipment
• Fire
• Electricity
• Manual handling
• Noise
• Vibration
• Hazardous substances
• Alcohol and drugs
• Health and safety signs
• Personal protective equipment
• Welfare facilities and personal hygiene
• Emergencies and first aid
• Reporting accidents and ill health