CIfA has been notified that CSCS are making changes to the criteria governing the requirement to hold a valid CSCS card and that the AQP and PQP cards will not be issued to archaeologists after 30 April. We are working with FAME to understand the implications of this change and we understand that the removal of archaeologists, alongside other non-construction occupations, from the CSCS scheme is being communicated to construction companies.
CIfA is disappointed that we were not consulted by CSCS before the decision was made. FAME and CIfA continue to believe that inclusion in the scheme is in the interests of archaeology and construction, and CSCS’ current decision will create a health and safety vacuum and cause confusion on construction sites. As outlined in the CIRIA good practice guide C799 Archaeology and Construction, archaeological work is an integral part of the construction process. As a construction-related occupation, archaeological teams are subject to the same health and safety risks and management procedures as the construction teams they work alongside on site, and construction-related archaeological work is covered by CDM regulations. Archaeologists work alongside and in parallel with construction teams for periods of time so should not be classed as site visitors.
Although not CSCS’ intention, we are concerned that this change may result in access problems for archaeologists in the short term. We recommend that Registered Organisations contact their clients well in advance of the cut-off date to notify them of the changes. We encourage RO’s experiencing problems gaining access to construction sites as a result of the withdrawal of the AQP and PQP cards to notify CIfA as well as getting in touch directly with CSCS. CSCS have provided the following links as further information:
- Build-UK-Training-Standard-April-2021.pdf (builduk.org)
- Not everyone needs a CSCS card | Official CSCS Website
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