Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has recently launched its CSCS-approved card partner scheme in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA).

The DHF CSCS card provision is for those who work with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber doors.

“Whilst not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards are supported by the government and provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job that they are doing,” explains DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.

“By ensuring that the workforce is appropriately qualified or experienced, the card plays a vital role in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites. Indeed, the majority of principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid card.”

As part of the scheme, and in addition to any criteria set by CSCS such as a relevant NVQ for the Skilled Worker card, DHF is asking that anyone who is applying for a card has evidence of CPD (continued professional development). This will usually be in the form of a valid DHF training course certificate.

“Each card is specific to the requirement,” continues Patricia. “In addition to the Blue Skilled Worker card, there are several other cards available, check the DHF website for further information.”

The launch of the CSCS card partner scheme is a further ‘feather in the cap’ for the pro-active federation who, in July of this year, announced that it is the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based ABBE-qualification for three of the industries it serves, approved and regulated by Ofqual, the Government Office of Examination Regulation. The move was described as ‘ground-breaking’.

The launch of CSCS cards is further endorsement of DHF’s drive for safety and best practice.

For further information, or to apply for a CSCS card, visit www.dhfonline.org.uk/cscs-card.htm