CSCS to roll out an industry uniform Smart Check app to simplify card verification

The new mobile app developed by CSCS is set to radically improve the construction industry’s card checking procedures and site safety. The app will be free to use and available for Apple iOS and Android devices.

The NAS runs The Shopfitting and Interior Contracting Competence Scheme (SICCS), we are one of the 38 providers of CSCS logoed skill cards. The roll out of the new app begins in April 2022 and the NAS, alongside other industry skill cards providers, we will be informing the members and card holders about the progress.

What does this mean for employers

Sites should require everyone working in a construction occupation to hold a card displaying the CSCS logo and they should be checking those cards regularly to ensure they are genuine and in date.

However, with 38 schemes offering CSCS logoed cards and many using their own (often incompatible) card checking systems, the process can be complicated. This places an unrealistic expectation on site management teams to know every scheme and every type of card available together with the different verification systems used.

Having one app to electronically check all cards at the site gates will make life easier for those responsible. It doesn’t matter what card turns up at the site gates – from asbestos to welding, if it displays a CSCS logo it will be compatible with the CSCS Smart Check app.

How can you help

Are you a technology early adopter? CSCS needs some help to test the app. If your site would like to take part in a pilot programme then please email the project team at communications@cscs.co.uk.

Next steps

The roll out of the app will result in some changes to the way in which employers check cards at the site gates. Over the coming weeks the 38 card schemes are committed to keeping the industry updated on our progress and everything you need to know about the CSCS Smart Check app.

Regular progress reports will be issued and the CSCS is planning several events to keep you and your colleagues updated. Further details on these events will be made available in the new year.

Visit cscs.uk.com/smartcheck to find out more about the CSCS Smart Check app.

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