AFI Press Release - CSCS Withdraw the Site Visitor Card

29th July 2018

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme aims to improve safety on UK Construction sites. To do this they have, over the past few years, focused on the achievement of construction related qualifications as a requirement for their cards.

They have now taken another step towards their goal. They have implemented the withdrawal of the yellow CSCS card, the site visitors card. This card was originally created for site visitors, who although were often visitors to site, were not directly involved in manual construction work.

CSCS have been in contact with companies from across the industry and created a plan that will lead to the withdrawal of the card. All Construction Site Visitor cards issued from 3rd September 2018 will expire on 31st August 2020 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 28th February 2020. All site visitor cards issued before 3rd September 2018 will remain valid until their expiry date.

CSCS have announced that those people, who hold site visitor cards, but do not work in a construction related occupation, will not need to acquire a different CSCS card. It is only those, who directly work in a construction occupation that will need to do so.

Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said: “Following the closure of the Construction Related Occupation card in 2017, the Site Visitor card is now the only card issued without the need for the applicant to achieve a recognised qualification. The Construction Site Visitor card does not support industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce and as such it will be withdrawn.”

Graham Wren continued: “The withdrawal of the Site Visitor card will see an increase in the numbers of individuals turning up to site without a card. We are not suggesting site supervisors and managers turn non-cardholders away from site. If a worker is there to carry out a construction related activity then a card is required as proof of their training and qualifications. If they are there to perform a non-construction related activity it then becomes the responsibility of site supervisors and managers to induct and supervise these people to ensure they remain safe at all times when on site.”