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CISRS Cards to go Smart

CISRS Cards to go Smart

CISRS cards are being brought into the 21st Century thanks to a new partnership between CISRS and NOCN Job Cards.

By the end of the year, those making CISRS applications will receive both a plastic card and a virtual card, which they can access via any smart phone or device.

By tapping their card on their phone, cardholders can see all their details; photo, qualifications and courses taken. This App is secure and can be kept on the phone so the individual has proof of their card at all times.

It will also notify cardholders of renewal notifications to simplify the renewal process. A virtual ‘Card Wallet’ will allow multiple cards to be stored on a single device, allowing contractors to easily collate their operatives’ details and access them as required.

The cost of making an application for a new dual physical/virtual card will be £30, a slight increase on the current card cost but still much lower than the industry average.

It is hoped that card application processing times will be shortened and instances of card fraud significantly reduced through the new partnership.

CISRS contracted NOCN Job Cards to provide card scheme administration services following CITB withdrawing from this role as part of its Vision 2020 programme.

All three parties will be working very closely together over the next few months to ensure everything will be in place to roll the new card scheme out before the year end.

NOCN will work with CISRS training providers to assist them in the new online application process.

David Mosley, CISRS Managing Director, said: “We have been talking about smart technology for several years. With the forced change in service provider it seemed to be the right time to bring the scheme up to date.

“We believe the new cards will add value to operatives, scaffolding contractors and end users.

“We are confident of achieving a smooth transition from CITB to NOCN Job Cards as we have been working closely with these parties over the last year and several of the staff currently working on CISRS administration at CITB are to be transferred to NOCN, so their knowledge and experience will not be lost.”

Mark Buckton, Executive Director for Job Cards & Services at NOCN Job Cards, said: “We are delighted to be working with CISRS to provide the card scheme for the scaffolding sector. The new cards will provide a number of benefits to operatives in terms of the speed and ease in which we will be able to offer them cards.

“It also helps to reduce card fraud in the industry as we will be able to rely on our own data for card applications instead of using paper certificates. We look forward to working with the scaffolding training centres, scaffolding employers and CISRS.”

Further information will be made available over the coming weeks.

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Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

The NASC and Temporary Works Forum (TWF) are co-hosting a free Temporary Works seminar in Bristol next month.

The half-day event will cover a broad range of temporary works topics, with a particular focus on scaffolding, and is aimed at both contractors and clients.

Speakers include Ashley Daniels, Head of Lifting & Temporary Works at Hinkley Point C, Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Simian Risk, Terry Roberts, Software Development Manager at CADS (developers of the TG20 eGuide) and David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director.

Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, said: “We’re looking forward to our second Temporary Works Seminar, following a successful and well-attended event in Birmingham earlier this year.

“The Bristol seminar will see our speakers discuss temporary works topics including the management of the Hinkley Point C project, ongoing efforts to improve and update the NASC’s TG20 eGuide and the revised BS5975 code of practice.

“Through this event we’ll be able to bring a diverse group of people with an interest in temporary works together and explore ways in which we can all work more efficiently and collaboratively to ensure works are carried out as safely as possible and to the highest possible standards.

“We hope scaffolding contractors and anyone involved in the procurement and management of scaffolding contractors will join us in Bristol for this informal half-day event.”

The Temporary Works Seminar will take place at the Paintworks on Thursday 24 October from 9am to 1pm. Spaces are limited.

For more information and to reserve your seat click here.

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Scaffolding Training Update

Scaffolding Training Update

CITB has underscored its commitment to ensuring that the construction sector maintains access to a good supply of skilled scaffolders in the wake of the transfer of its training establishment to alternative training providers, as part of its reform programme, Vision 2020.

Graham McPhail, CITB Head of Education and Training, said: “CITB has been working with the training sector to secure alternative scaffolding training providers for the National Construction College.

“We are fully committed to ensuring the continuity of scaffolding training while we negotiate agreements that will be for the good of the wider construction industry. We have been working closely with CISRS to provide reassurance that no scaffolding training capacity or quality will be lost in delivering this commitment as part of our reform programme.”

David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director, said: “Both NASC and CISRS have been working closely with CITB over the last 12 months to ensure the scaffolding provision at NCC continues as normal.  We would like to reassure the Scaffolding sector that CITB has made a commitment to us – and the wider industry – that no training capacity or quality would be lost as a result of their Vision 2020 programme and we are certain that remains the case

“It is essential to ensure the existing high standards are maintained throughout and training courses continue to be available until the alternative provision has been established.”

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Amey Signs NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter

Amey Signs NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter

Facilities management specialists Amey has become the latest leading organisation to sign the NASC’s Safe Scaffolding Charter

The company, which looks after the maintenance, operation and improvement of 23,000+ Ministry of Defence (MoD) buildings across a network of estates, specifies ‘NASC-only’ for its scaffolding-related works within its Defence contracts.

Amey follows Nuclear New Build Generation – the company behind the development and eventual operation of Hinkley Point C – construction specialists DE Construct and principal contractors Knight Harwood in signing the NASC Charter, recognising the ever-growing number of organisations that place NASC membership at the heart of their scaffolding contractor procurement policies.

Peter Franklin, HSEQ Director for Amey’s Defence contracts said: “Our work across the MoD Estate requires us to use competent scaffolding suppliers on many of our projects. Being part of the NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter demonstrates Amey’s commitment to the safety of our workforce, client and customers by only using NASC member scaffold contractors, ensuring a high standard of work is achieved in this high-risk activity.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled that Amey has requested to sign the NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter. For Amey it was the assurance that our independently-audited, experienced and expert members work to incredibly high safety standards that led them to insist on ‘NASC-only’ for their scaffolding needs.

“We’re happy to recognise this decision via our Wall of Honour on our dedicated Charter webpage and present them with a Charter logo and certificate. We look forward to adding many more businesses to this wall in the coming weeks and months.”

For more on the NASC’s Safe Scaffolding Charter and to request to become a signatory click here.