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Grandfather rights are unsafe


Sir, I read with interest your article on the summer drive for CSCS cards (News, June 30).

The possibility of reintroduction of grandfather rights does raise serious issues.

The card was introduced by the industry to raise health and safety standards and to raise the profile of a competent work force.

When CSCS cards were f irst introduced, grandfather rights were used to kick-start the system but this also allowed the not-so-competent person to obtain a CSCS card and these persons can still be in the industry with a legitimate card.

Are we going to allow more to stay in the industry?

I feel this cannot be the right way to jump-start CSCS in the house building sector; a better way would surely be for workers to be assessed before the card can be obtained.

There are also a number of workers in the industry who have obtained their CSCS by achieving an NVQ, which costs money and time.

I am sure they are not going to be happy with a grandfather rights arrangement where workers can get a card with only a health and safety test and a signed application form.

David Gollin Assessor Tra in ing and Assessment Sevices Calmore Hampshire