A new accredited COVID-19 course for safe working in the construction industry has been launched by industry specialists. CovCert is an online programme designed to provide employees with an understanding of how to work safely to minimise the risks from COVID-19 to themselves and their colleagues as construction sites continue to re-open throughout the country.
Industry experts Green Hat consulting have collaborated with construction workforce specialists Sphere Solutions to devise the programme. It will serve to educate construction workers and ensure construction sites continue to be safe and compliant.
Andrew Warring, Managing Director of Green Hat Consulting said: “CovCert is aimed at employees who are returning to work on construction sites. The courses are intended to raise COVID-19 awareness and provide employees with the knowledge required to minimise the risk of transmission and infection within the workplace, as well as providing an induction for new employees and informing on up to date guidance”.
Construction sites can be particularly complex environments to work in and to safely manage, given the number of different contractors and tradespeople that can be on site at any given time. This presents a growing need for site teams at all levels to be aware of best practice measures.
James Hughes, Managing Director of Sphere Solutions said: “Following the lifting of some lockdown measures, it is encouraging to see a steady return to work for many construction companies and their workforces across the country. We are optimistic this will increase further in the coming months, and with the rising volume of personnel on site, it becomes increasingly important for workers and site managers to be aware of the dangers of COVID-19 and the measures required to control it, in line with government guidance”.
CovCert has three course options, covering different staff responsibility levels. Employees, supervisors and appointed safety representatives can each undertake accreditation, which, in addition to giving essential advice on safe working environments, can also be used as part of annual CPD requirements.
Speaking on the launch of programme, John Jones, Health, Safety & Training Officer at John Weaver Contractors commented: “We have been waiting for accredited COVID 19 courses exactly like these to become available. The safety of our staff, and everyone who may visit the sites on which we operate is essential to us, and so being able to educate our employees at all levels is very welcome”.
The course, depending on the one undertaken, will take between one and two hours to complete through online delivery and assessment, is being facilitated by Green Hat Consulting and registration for the course can be made online: https://www.greenhat-consulting.co.uk/covcert-training/