Demolition firms lead way with virtual smart cards
The National Federation of Demolition contractors is issuing the first virtual smart cards to be used in construction.
Specialist Erith was the first firm to use the virtual cards under the Certificate of Competence for Demolition Operatives (CCDO) scheme run in conjunction with the National Demolition Training Group.
The technology has been developed by software specialist Reference Point for the CSCS Go Smart platform.
It now gives operatives the choice of a virtual card which is stored on their smartphones.
Howard Button, Chief Executive at the NFDC and NDTG said: “We are really pleased to be the first scheme in construction to issue the new Virtual CCDO Smart Cards to our members.
“We have a very successful working relationship with Reference Point and were really keen to be the first to offer the virtual CCDO cards as it offers immediate benefits to both workers and supervisors.
“Both parties have instant access to updated records and qualifications, reducing the need to carry a physical card on site and the possibility of fraud.”
Reference Point is now working with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) to develop a Virtual Smartcard for the wider construction sector.
Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said: “It’s great to see the NFDC and the NDGT taking the lead on the adoption of the Virtual Smartcard.
“The technology will improve safety and efficiency on construction sites by making it easier for the employer to check that workers hold the appropriate qualifications and training for the job they do on site.
“The technology is something that all card schemes, including CSCS, will be taking a great interest in.
“CSCS is already working with Reference Point on a Virtual Smartcard and we look forward to making further announcements later this year.”
Written by Grant Prior
25th July 2017