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Health and safety test is cheaper

LETTERS

Sir, I would like to respond to the letter from Jonathan Utting, which claimed that the cost of the Construction Health and Safety Test had not been halved as the new test price did not include the study book (Letters, April 28).

He is right that the cost of the test did previously include a book. But at that time it was not possible to separate the cost of the book from the cost of the test.This meant that the price of every test taken had to include the book, whether it was required or not.

This has been changed and, although many people find the book a very useful study aid, you are not required to buy it and it is not essential for passing the test.

A current knowledge of practical health and safety legislation and issues must be demonstrated, however.

This can be gained in a variety of ways, such as attending regular health and safety training, which every employer has a duty to provide, as well as using the book or new CD-ROM study aids.

Although the book is no longer included in the price, you are only required to pay £17.50 to take the test, which is half the original price (£35).

For those who do choose to buy the study book, they are now more widely available through retail stores such as Waterstones, TSO and a number of online bookstores for around £8.50.

The regular testing requirements ensure people are aware of up-to-date legislation on a five-year cycle.We believe the cost of the test (which is reclaimed through the grant scheme) and the frequency of testing is a small price to pay for avoiding accidents and saving lives.

Mark Bodger, advisory services manager, CITB-ConstructionSkills London