Required as part of the induction process for many engineering construction sites, the programme is completed by around 30,000 people each year and is overseen by the industry-led CCNSG Committee.
Safety passport courses help to develop a positive health and safety culture, where safe and healthy working becomes second nature to everyone. There are, for example, 70% fewer fatalities in construction as a whole since 1993, when the ECITB launched the CCNSG.
However, while the CCNSG has played a major role in keeping accident rates in engineering construction lower than in the broader construction industry, the fact remains that, as an industry, we have not achieved ‘zero harm’.
This is why the ECITB is urging industry to make the quality-assured CCNSG Safety Passport mandatory across all sites, to help further reduce the number of work-related fatalities and injuries.
Employers want to send everybody home safe every day and we feel that safety passports protect workers and makes good business sense when it comes to operating a site.
CCNSG offers enhanced health and safety awareness
The ECITB has just released the eighth version of the CCNSG to meet the evolving needs of industry. The course now also covers new fire extinguisher updates, isolation procedures and testing for stored energy, alongside greater emphasis on equality in the workplace and mental health.
The two-day training course gives delegates enhanced health and safety awareness delivered through face-to-face training, delegate discussion and shared experience, followed by a knowledge test.
On completion, successful candidates receive a CCNSG Safety Passport, which is valid for three years. To remain valid, delegates must attend a renewal course or take an online renewal test at least three months before their safety passport expires.
Meanwhile, 46 International Licenced Training Providers deliver international versions of the CCNSG course in 19 countries.