Scottish trades learn how to minimise Covid risks

In its latest initiative to help Scotland’s building sector get safely back to work, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has created a digital learning toolkit to promote best practice. The ‘Be Covid Smart’ training and learning programme, uses a series of digital scenarios to:

  • educate those working on site, in homes or in places of learning
  • encourage the use of safe working and learning, and
  • empower the construction workforce to call out unsafe behaviour.

Recognising that the safe return of workers to site is a challenge within Scotland, it provides a fun, easy-to-use, quiz-based toolkit that can be accessed via mobile, tablet, or laptop. The toolkit will start by supporting domestic work and apprentices and their colleges, and will explore the health and safety aspects of working within a college workshop, manoeuvring around the building and how to get to and from work or college.

Iain McCaskey, head of the CICV Forum Skills Group, explains: “The Forum had identified the need not only for a safe return to work but also for reassurance for apprentices their families and employers. This innovative learning solution will not only raise awareness of safety in the current climate but also identify and test the user’s knowledge of the necessary steps to take to protect themselves and others.

“Be Covid Smart will be available to everyone within Scottish construction to use freely. However, initial targets will primarily be small site operators and companies employing apprentices, as we feel this is where support is needed.”

Made up of more than 70 trade associations, including SNIPEF, the CICV Forum has maintained a steady supply of information and practical advice to the sector since its creation in March, as well as carrying out surveys, producing animations and posters, hosting webinars and making appeals to government ministers.

To find out more, please visit: Be Covid Smart

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