• How quickly can you get your CSCS green card

    In a rush to get your CSCS green labourers card? Got a job coming up? Check out the timelines below to figure out exactly how long it will take you to get.

  • What is a Traffic Marshal?

    You may have seen the demanding amount of positions for a Traffic Marshal or Banksman.
    But what exactly is a Traffic Marshal?

    Below you can learn about what a traffic marshal is, the general responsibilities and skills needed, the requirements, and some common interview questions, so you are prepared for the job.

  • Everything You Need to Know - CSCS Card

    Everything You Need to Know - CSCS Card

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a way of providing proof that a person who works in construction on building sites has the right training and the correct
    qualification for the job that they are doing on that site.

    Gaining a CSCS card

    In order to apply for this card, you must be able to prove that you have the correct qualifications related to the area of construction you work in. In most cases, you would

    need, in the preceding 2 years, to have passed the appropriate CITB - health and safety/environment test.

    The exact type of health and safety and environment test that you have to take will depend on the trade that you work in on-site and also on the type of card that you want to apply for.
    Once you have the correct qualification and when you have completed your CITB Health and Safety and environment test then you can go ahead and apply for your card.

    The Health, Safety & Environment

  • Everything You Need to Know - Traffic Marshall CPD Course

    Everything You Need to Know - Traffic Marshall CPD Course

    The Traffic Marshall course will give you a qualification as a Traffic Marshall with a CPD

    An identity card will also be issued that will confirm that you have attended the course and that you have proved your competency in the activities of a Traffic Marshall.
    Although the certificate that will be issued will not expire we always recommend that training is renewed on a yearly basis so that a candidate is kept up to date with any current
    changes to practise.

    This qualification is an excellent entry into the safe practise of vehicle movement within the construction industry and can be taken alongside other qualifications
    and certifications to give you a greater appeal to employers.

    This particular certification will give holders an advantage when it comes to acquiring jobs within construction as it will prove their competency in this specific area. Another
    requirement for work on the building sites and within the construction industry will

  • CSCS Card: Everything You Need to Know

    CSCS Card: Everything You Need to Know

    Working on a construction site puts you in the presence of danger, sharp objects, fire, heavy machinery, and more. Everyone on the site must have proper training and understanding of the potential dangers that they could face, and how to work properly. In ideal circumstances, you could have a qualification that shows the construction has all knowledge, experience, and training to work safely on a construction site. This qualification is the CSCS card!

    What is CSCS?

     CSCS stands for the Construction Skill Certification Scheme. It is a scheme that provides construction workers with the necessary knowledge in health and safety to work safely and cautiously on a construction site.

    Why should you get a CSCS card?

    Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement, but many major build companies may require you to have a valid one. Over time, more and more companies are requiring that their workers have a valid CSCS card. So really, by not getting

  • 9 Construction Apps and Tools for 2019

    9 Construction Apps and Tools for 2019

    Thanks to the advent of smartphones, tablets and other exciting technologies, many in the construction sector use specially-made apps to help them complete their projects. In this article, we take a look at the top apps and tools to use in the construction sector for 2019.

    1. Fieldwire

    Fieldwire is a construction management platform that lets you view construction blueprints, create schedules, build inspections and track costs. You can also create custom forms for RFI, daily reports and change forms. Fieldwire comes with a 5-star rating  

    2. Geniebelt

    Geniebelt is a construction project management platform that was built from the ground up. It is available as both a web-based application and mobile app. Geniebelt gives you real-time activity progress reports via the mobile app, site-to-office and inter-team communication and you can conduct audit trails. It also allows you to create custom dashboards that meet the requirements of your construction firm. ...
  • Construction: What Does The £18 million Funding Boost Mean?

    Construction: What Does The £18 million Funding Boost Mean?

    At the end of January, the construction industry received some very good news! The sector has been awarded £18m as part of a new Government funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

    The financial boost will go on to fund four new research projects that aim to look at ways it will speed up assembly, save money, and, more importantly, improve the quality of UK construction projects. The news was announced by UK Research Innovation.

    But what does this funding boost really mean for the sector? This post takes a closer look.

    The Funding Places More Focus on Digital Technolgy

    Out of 18 million, £5m will be allocated to a Research Leaders programme where they will develop innovative solutions t

  • How to Become a Traffic Marshal

    How to Become a Traffic Marshal

    Looking to become a traffic marshal? This article will give you a breakdown of how to become a traffic marshal as well as their duties and responsibilities.

    What is a Traffic Marshal?

    A traffic marshal, also known as a banksman, is a designated person who is professionally trained in safely directing large moving vehicles around a construction site. They are trained to place themselves into correct positions and make use of banksman signals, and possibly radio communication, to guide large vehicle drivers when their view is obstructed.

    Traffic marshals help to prevent accidents from happening on a building site or loading bay.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Traffic marshals are the eyes and ears of drivers of large vehicles, in particularly cranes and heavy goods vehicles.

  • Legionella: What You Need To Know

    Legionella: What You Need To Know

    Legionella is a type of bacteria, (not a virus) that causes respiratory infection in humans. Types of infections include Lochgoilhead fever, Pontiac fever and Legionnaires' disease. Any infection that is caused by the Legionella bacteria strain is referred to as 'legionellosis'.

    What are the Health Risks of Legionellosis?

    Both Lochgoilhead and Pontiac fevers are flu-like illnesses that are non-fatal.  But Legionnaires' disease, which is similar to pneumonia, is fatal in approximately 12% of cases. 

    Legionnaire's disease first hit the headlines back in 1976 when an outbreak of the illness occurred at the American Legion Convention in Philadelphia. 221 people were infected during the outbreak, of which 34 people lost their lives. 

    In the UK, there have been 345 cases of Legionnaires' disease in 2016. This figure is much higher in the USA, with 718 reported cases in a single year.

    It was found that Legionnaires' disease is commonly caused by the bacterium strain Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1.

    Related Learning: Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) Level 1

    Who is At Most Risk of Being Infected?

    According to HSE (Health and Safety Executive), everyone is susceptible to infection, but the risk of infection increases with age. The following people fall under the higher risk category:

    • Anyone who has an impaired immune system
    • Those who have diabetes, lung or heart disease
    • Smokers and heavy drinkers
    • Individuals over the age of 45
    • People who suffer from chronic respiratory or kidney disease

    This is the reason why care homes and hospitals need to be extremely vigilant.

    Plus, according to Assurity Consulting, men are three times more susceptible than women in contracting a legionella infection.

    Related Learning: Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) Level 2

    Where Can Legionella Be Found?

    The Legionella bacteria can be found in natural water sources including lakes, rivers, ponds and reservoirs, but they're normally in low numbers. They can also be found in man-made water systems such as spa pools, cooling towers, hot and cold water systems and evaporative condensers.

    How Do People Contract Legionellosis?

    Legionellosis can only be contracted through the inhalation of tiny water particles (known as aerosols) which are contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. These aerosols can be produced in waters system that creates sprays such as spas, decorative fountains, jacuzzis, showers and cooling towers.

    There have been no reported cases of the infection being spread through person-to-person.

    According to the World Health Organisation, typical symptoms of the non-pneumonic form of legionellosis (Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever) include chills, high temperature, headache, malaise and muscle pain. As for Legionnaires' disease, initial symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, headache, malaise and lethargy. Some patients of Legionnaires' disease have also presented blood-streaked phlegm when coughing.

    Related Learning: Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) Level 3

    What Are The Conditions That Enable Legionella to Grow?

    The Legionella bacteria grows best in temperatures ranging between 20oC to 40oC. They're killed off at temperatures above 60oC, and they do not multiply above 50oC. They also don't multiply below 20oC but remain dormant until the temperature rises above 20oC.

    Besides temperature conditions, the Legionella bacteria also require nutrients to grow and multiply. The bacteria can find these nutrients from common water organisms such as algae and protozoa, sludge and other sediments. 

    What to Do if Legionella is Found in Your Building?

    Since the nature of the legionella bacteria is quite widespread, there is a likelihood that it will enter your building's water system, albeit in low numbers. And unfortunately, there is not much you can do to prevent the bacteria from entering your building's water system. 

    But by carrying out regular risk assessments, and controlling the conditions, as noted above, you will prevent the growth of the bacteria. And minimise the risk of an outbreak occurring.

    Failure to manage the risk of legionella properly can result in a warning, a fine or even be found guilty of corporate manslaughter.

    Not Sure If Your Knowledge of Legionella is Sufficient?

    Considering the seriousness of legionella, making sure you have sufficient knowledge

  • Green Cities: What Are They? And How Can We Build Them?

    Green Cities: What Are They? And How Can We Build Them?

    More than half of the world's population live in cities. With urban population predicted to grow, and the threat of climate change expected to worsen, we must take the initiative to make better use of renewable energy and transform our cities to become cleaner, greener and more economically viable.

    What Is A Green City?

    They are cities which have chosen to focus on sustainability. They are cities aiming to decrease their pollution and to reduce the negative environmental impact they create. They do this by recycling, reducing emissions and waste, and more.

    Why The Need For Green Cities?

    Most major cities in the UK are over-reliant on fossil fuels, which has led to an inevitable increase in air pollution. According to the Financial Times, London has been over the legal

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