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Results of 2018 SmartCard Audit released

Published: November 14, 2018

On the 3rd October 2018, Build UK and CECA carried out their annual SmartCard audit on their members’ sites. The results of this audit have now been compiled and released.

The government’s strategy for the construction industry, Construction 2025, challenged the industry to adopt SmartCard technology by 2020. This means that by 2020 all industry skill cards will enable electronic card checking when presented at site gates.

All CSCS cards now contain a microchip, meaning that the card can be read and verified electronically.

By using CSCS’ SmartCard technology, a contractor can not only certify that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out, but also save valuable time and money. This technology makes card checking procedures more efficient and makes sites safer places to work.

Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) have led the way to a safer and more efficient industry by carrying out a CSCS SmartCard audit across their members’ construction sites.

On 3rd October 2018, Build UK and CECA members checked the CSCS and Partner cards of everyone who arrived on site. 80% of these checks were done using CSCS SmartCard technology. This gave Build UK and CECA members a fantastic opportunity to display the efficiency and utility of their smart technology procedures.

CSCS Head of Communications Alan O’Neile said:

“It’s really encouraging to see a significant increase in the use of electronic card checks amongst Build UK and CECA members. The SmartCard provides a simple way to carry out a thorough card check that ensure construction workers are who they say they are and have the correct qualifications for the job they do on site.”

The audit also caught a number of expired and fraudulent cards that were being used to access sites. CSCS SmartCard technology cannot be fooled by expired or fraudulent cards. To find out more about how to use CSCS SmartCard technology, click here.

To view the 2018 SmartCard Audit results, click here.