THE CSCS logo is now available on UK International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) PAL Card operator licences.
The new entitlement is in line with a Build UK requirement stipulating that access to construction sites should be restricted to holders of accredited licences or competency cards.
Not every operator of Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) equipment that holds a PAL Card requires access to construction sites, while others may already hold an associated trade or recognised CSCS partner card.
Giles Councell, IPAF’s Director of Operations, comments: “Following an agreement with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, IPAF is pleased to announce that it is now possible to apply the CSCS logo to PAL Cards issued in the UK, provided the holder has undertaken a CITB or other recognised Health, Safety & Environment test, valid at the point of application for the card.
“Operators of MEWPs who are also members of a construction trade body that affords CSCS accreditation will not need a CSCS logo to be added to their PAL Card, and can instead use the other body’s ID card with CSCS logo to gain access to Build UK sites.
“MEWP delivery drivers, maintenance or MCWP installation engineers, on-site instructors or operators who need even occasional access to UK Construction sites and who do not already hold another accreditation recognised under the CSCS partner scheme are advised to contact the training centre where their current PAL Card was issued.”
Candidates who are undergoing training or refresher courses with the goal of obtaining a new or updated PAL Card are advised to enquire of their IPAF-accredited training centre about obtaining a PAL Card with the CSCS logo.