From 1 April 2019 CSR will no longer issue any new or renewal General Construction Operative (GCO) cards. GCO cards issued up to 31 March 2019 will continue to be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training.
The regular data produced by the Health and Safety Executive shows that the local construction industry can stand over a much improved health and safety record in recent years…
Through the Federation’s own model, Safe-T-Cert, we can rightly claim to be an industry leader in health and safety standards – and this is something we are keen to advance, in a way that brings direct economic benefit to construction companies.
In a similar way, industry sees itself as a positive setter of higher standards in respect of promoting environmental good practice in its work. The introduction of the requirement to have an environmental management system for all main contractors seeking public sector work is something that we support and we have developed our own construction specific tool, NVIR-O-CERT, to help embed this system.
After a busy year working on the industry's behalf we are today publishing our Annual Report for 2018.
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has published its new draft Corporate Plan following the recent consultation exercise. Whilst still in draft form, HSENI has confirmed that this document will be used to set its priorities until the Minister for the Economy is back in place to consider the draft.