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Safe Pass and Construction Skills Certification Scheme. Presentation to the Construction Safety Partnership September 15 th 2009. CSCS Consultation. Construction Industry Federation Irish Congress of Trades Unions Health and Safety Authority

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safe pass and construction skills certification scheme
Safe Pass andConstruction Skills Certification Scheme

Presentation to the Construction Safety Partnership

September 15th 2009

cscs consultation
CSCS Consultation
      • Construction Industry Federation
  • Irish Congress of Trades Unions
      • Health and Safety Authority
      • Construction Skills Certification Scheme Steering Group
      • Construction Industry Group.
scheme overview
Scheme Overview


  • Approved Training Organisations


  • Approved Training Organisations




  • FÁS
regulated categories
Regulated Categories
  • Plant (12 Items)
  • Roofing (2 Items)
  • Scaffolding (2 Items)
  • Shotfiring
  • Mobile Access Tower
  • Location of Underground Services
  • Signing, Lighting and Guarding at Roadworks
  • Health and Safety at Roadworks
unregulated categories
Unregulated Categories
  • Steelfixing
  • Concreting
  • Paving / Kerb Laying
  • Site Drainage
new categories unregulated
New Categories - Unregulated

Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

  • Road Roller
  • Skid Steer Loader
  • 360° Telescopic Handler
  • Appointed Person (Lifting Operations)
  • Banksman
  • Concrete Pump – Trailer Operation
  • Concrete Pump – Truck Operation
  • Grader Operation
  • Lorry Loader (Clamp Shell) Operation
  • Lorry Loader (Hook) Operation
  • Mini Crawler Crane Operation
  • Mobile Tower Operation

New Entrants




  • 18 Years of Age
  • Valid Safe Pass Card
  • 3 Months on Site Experience
  • New Entrants Programme Successfully Completed
  • New Entrant Card and Logbook (2 Years)
  • 6 Months Experience
  • Experienced Operator Programme successfully complete
  • Experienced Operator Logbook
  • Certificate awarded
  • FÁS CSCS Card issued
  • Logbook completed and signed
  • 5 Year Renewal
recognition of prior learning
Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Launched in 2009
  • Role of Approved Training Organisations
  • Role of FÁS
  • Applications Procedures
  • Recommendation by Approved Training Organisation
  • Decision by FÁS
  • Outcome – Exemption from New Entrant Programme
  • One day Assessment
  • Appeals Process
  • 100 Applications processed – with a 90% success rate
competent body authority
Competent Body (Authority)
  • FÁS – Competent Body for CSCS Regulated Activities
  • Legislation
    • European Directive - 2005 / 36 / EC
    • Recognition of Professional Qualifications Regulations 2008
    • Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations
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Competent Body (Authority)
  • Guidelines / Procedures
  • Application / Supporting documentation
  • Role of FÁS
  • Liaison with Awarding Bodies
  • Decision - Accept or Refer
  • Aptitude Test
  • Adaptation Period
  • Certification / Registration
  • Appeals Process
  • No formal applications received to date
  • Option – Recognition of Prior Learning
fas safe pass programme
FAS Safe Pass Programme
  • FAS Safe Pass Programme was developed following a CITC initiative
  • Consultation between FAS and Social Partners
  • Incorporated into the Construction Safety Partnership Plan (CSPP) October 1999
  • Piloted and Evaluated in first 6 months of CSPP.
  • Launched October 2000 by the Minister for Labour
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FAS Safe Pass Programme
  • Safe Pass is targeted at construction workers
  • One day Health and Safety Awareness Programme
  • Participants will be registered on a National Data Base
  • Participants receive a FAS Safe Pass Registration Card
  • Participants must update their safety training every four years
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FAS Safe Pass Programme

While complying with relevant safety legislation it must not be seen to relieve employers of their statutory duty to provide other appropriate health and safety training for their employees

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FAS Safe Pass Programme

The Aims of the Programme

  • Raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry
  • Ensure that all site personnel undergo basic health and safety awareness training with the view to making a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and avoidance of health hazards
  • Maintain a register of personnel who have received such training
  • To provide all participants with a FAS Safe Pass registration card, which will indicate that, the holder has attended a formalcourse in health and safety awareness
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FAS Safe Pass Programme


  • Construction workers
  • New entrants
  • Construction apprentices
  • Trainees undergoing traineeships in the Construction Industry
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FAS Safe Pass Programme

Programme Content: 12 modules

  • Promoting a Safety Culture
  • Duties and Responsibilities at Work
  • Accident Reporting and Prevention
  • Working at Heights
  • Excavations and Confined Spaces
  • Working with Electricity Underground and Overhead Services
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FAS Safe Pass Programme

Programme Content: 12 modules (Contd)

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Use of Hand Held Equipment, Tools and Machinery
  • Safe Use of Vehicles
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Manual Handling
  • Health and Hygiene