CSCS cards are typically associated with workers in the construction industry. They serve as proof that a person has the necessary skills and qualifications to perform their job safely and effectively on a construction site. However, there are occasions when individuals who are not working in construction-related activities may need to access a construction site to perform a non-construction activity. One such group of individuals is cleaners. In this article, we will explore when cleaners are required to carry CSCS cards and what types of cards are available for them.
CSCS cards are not required for cleaners who work in places such as site offices or welfare facilities, as they are not considered to be working on a live construction site. However, if a cleaner is working on a live construction site, they are required to hold a CSCS card. The type of card required depends on the nature of the cleaning work being performed.
There are two types of CSCS cards available for cleaners: the Labourer card and the Blue Skilled card.
Cleaners who perform general cleaning duties on a construction site should apply for the Labourer card. This card requires applicants to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test and have a level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. Applicants will also need to provide evidence of their identity and qualifications. The Labourer card is valid for five years.
Cleaners who perform specialist cleaning roles on a construction site, such as industrial cleaning, should apply for the Blue Skilled card. This card requires applicants to hold a level 2 Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services Skills, as well as pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. Applicants will also need to provide evidence of their identity and qualifications. The Blue Skilled card is valid for five years.
One of the main challenges that cleaners face when obtaining CSCS cards is the lack of awareness of the requirement to hold a card when working on a live construction site. Employers may not be aware of the requirement, or they may not consider cleaning work to be construction-related. Another challenge is the cost associated with obtaining a card, as the application fee and training costs can be significant.
Cleaners who work on a live construction site are required to hold a CSCS card. The type of card required depends on the nature of the cleaning work being performed. While there may be some challenges associated with obtaining a CSCS card, such as lack of awareness or cost, it is important for cleaners to have the necessary qualifications and skills to perform their job safely and effectively on a construction site. By obtaining a CSCS card, cleaners can demonstrate their credibility and commitment to safety in the workplace.