The re-named health, safety and environment test will replace the former health and safety test in an attempt by CITB-ConstructionSkills to raise standards.
The test is required for all construction workers seeking to hold a construction skills competency scheme (CSCS) card or a construction plant competency scheme (CPCS) card. More than half a million people sat the test last year.
New features of the test include:
• An updated question bank including the new universal hazard symbols;
• Questions on respiratory risks and the hazards they can pose;
• Questions on the environment;
• Behavioural case studies which tests how a candidate would respond to health and safety situations to highlight safe working practices on site.
New course manager Pearson VUE, which takes over from Prometric in April, is also stepping up security. All tests will be delivered electronically in the same format regardless of where the candidate chooses to take the test.
CITB-ConstructionSkills product delivery manager Chris Little said: “Consulting with industry we have refreshed the question bank and the test structure to include new sections and questions addressing the changing needs of the whole construction industry both locally and nationally.
“As a result, the test itself has become more robust with greater emphasis on safe working practices.
“CITB-ConstructionSkills in constantly working on behalf of the industry to improve the Test which should be seen as a stepping stone to encourage employers and their workforce to go on and develop their knowledge even further.”