frequently asked questions

  • What is CSCS's role in the LISS/CSCS scheme?
    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) set the SmartCard categories and administer the CITB Health Safety and Environment Touch Screen Test. CSCS also check that any applications made for a SmartCard are correct and produce all LISS/CSCS SmartCards that are... Read more
  • What are the health & safety training test requirements?
    Applicants applying for a LISS/CSCS SmartCard must: attend and pass a LISS/CSCS recognised ROLO Health, Safety & Environmental Awareness Course pass the CITB Health Safety and Environment Touch Screen Test at the appropriate level for the SmartCard being applied for.... Read more
  • What is ROLO Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness?
    BALI's  ROLO Scheme (Register of Land-Based Operatives) was introduced to raise the standards of health & safety and reduce the risks and accidents throughout the industry for anyone who works in land-based sectors. It also encourages employers to keep a... Read more
  • What SmartCards are available within the LISS/CSCS scheme?
    All installers and operatives must hold a LISS/CSCS SmartCard stating their registered category: Green Labourer Red Trainee or Apprenticeship Blue Skilled Worker Gold Supervisor Black Manager White/Yellow AQP Academically Qualified Person* White/Yellow PQP Professionally Qualified Person* Red Provisional Yellow Visitor *Equivalent... Read more
  • Following government advice, I have sent office staff home to work. What are my responsibilities as an employer?
    As an employer, you have the same responsibilities for home workers as any other type of worker. This responsibility includes staff who are working from home on a temporary basis, as well as those for whom it is a regular... Read more
  • I have operatives out on remote or client sites who, because of client measures, are no longer permitted to access client washing or toilet facilities. What can I do?
    Under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, an employer is responsible for providing (or access to) sanitary conveniences, washing facilities and drinking water as far as is reasonably practicable.  For teams who travel between sites, it would be illogical... Read more
  • I receive material from other depots/overseas on a regular basis; to what extent does this material pose a risk to my employees from catching Coronavirus?
    Research suggests coronaviruses are principally spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Coronaviruses have a poor level of survivability on surfaces, although the extent to which Covid-19 can survive on materials varies.  There is a low chance of the virus surviving... Read more
  • I am due to start a new project in the next few weeks but am running behind schedule due to staff absence. Am I liable for breach of contract and what should I do?
    If you have issued or signed terms and conditions, check the small print. Most contracts will refer to specific events which affect the performance of a contract and highlight what steps are required from you or your counterparty as a... Read more
  • There is a force majeure clause in the contract I have used/signed; could this be triggered as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic?
    Possibly. The term force majeure literally means ‘superior force’ and may include examples such as natural disasters (e.g. earthquakes or tsunamis) as well as industrial action or war. It is unlikely that any force majeure clauses would identify ‘Coronavirus outbreak’... Read more
  • What loan schemes are being offered by the Government?
    Government business support:  Loans and grants for small, medium and large businesses On 23rd March the government launched a series of support packages to help businesses affected by the coronavirus.  Two loan schemes are being offered by the government: 1. Coronavirus... Read more
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