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Code of Practice for Access & Working Scaffolds Update 2018

CIF Training. 12/02/2019

Training Course Information

The updated Code of Practice for Access & Working Scaffolds will be released in October 2018 as an updated version of the existing 2008 Code of Practice. CIF Learning & Development are planning a number of half-day briefing sessions regionally to advise our members of the key changes and how these will impact site scaffolding activities.

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CIF QQI Level 5 Safety Representative Training

CIF Training. 05/02/2019

This is a four-day course that will provide participants with a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health and Safety at Work (5N1794).  QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland, an independent state agency for promoting and developing the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.

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Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Safety Officer & Safety Advisor

CIF Training. 31/01/2019


What are the duties of a Safety Officer on a construction site?

The Safety Officer should:

  • be familiar with the relevant safety and health legislation which affects the types of construction work being carried out
  • have the ability to identify hazards and assess risks on construction sites
  • be capable of advising the contractor on the most appropriate control measures and systems of work in order to minimise risk
  • be able to communicate the safety and health requirements to managers, supervisors and workers on sites
  • if assigned other duties the contractor must ensure that these other duties do not prevent the safety officer from carrying out his/her duties as safety officer in an efficient manner
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Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS)

CIF Training. 25/01/2019

What does Project Supervisor Construction Stage mean?

The role of the project supervisor construction stage is to manage and co-ordinate health and safety matters during the construction stage. The project supervisor (construction stage) is appointed before the construction work begins and remains in that position until all construction work on the project is completed.

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Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Designers

CIF Training. 17/01/2019

Who is a ‘Designer’?

Under the regulations, you are a designer if you are engaged in preparing drawings, particulars, specifications, calculations and bills of quantities in relation to a project. The term “designer” means a person engaged in work related to the design of a project;

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Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Contractors

CIF Training. 12/01/2019

What is the definition of Contractor?

A Contractor means any employer whose employees carry out construction work and includes both main contractor and sub-contractor. Contractor may also include a self-employed person where such a person supplies materials and labour or labour only.  In addition, a body such as a local authority may also be a contractor, if the construction work is carried out directly by employees of that body.

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Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Client

CIF Training. 05/01/2019

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations, 2013 interprets ‘client’ as a person for whom a project is carried out, in the course or furtherance of a trade, business or undertaking, or who undertakes a project directly in the course or furtherance of such trade, business or undertaking and since 2013 construction work done on your own domestic dwelling e.g. an extension on to your kitchen, or you are building your own house.

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Assigned Certifier – A Site Manager’s Approach

CIF Training. 04/12/2018

Building owners, designers and construction companies have a legal obligation under the Building Control Amendment Regulations 2014 (BCAR) to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the relevant requirements of the ever-changing Technical Guidance documents and Building Regulations.

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New CIF Training Schedule – Jan & Feb 2019

CIF Training. 28/11/2018

CIF have released the Jan & Feb 2019 schedule of Construction Training courses available with CIF.

This schedule of construction training courses offered by CIF in 2019 is the result of comprehensive market surveys and client feedback. This list is designed to ensure that every course offered by CIF in 2019 addresses the needs of our clients, responds to market trends and industry requirements.

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How to Ensure Safety When Working at Height

CIF Training, 20/11/2018

Working at a height is often necessary within the world of construction, but it comes with a number of significant risks, particularly that of falling. For construction workers and managers, ensuring a safe working environment is vital, but it can be difficult to do.

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