British Safety Council statement regarding alleged malpractice concerning the awarding of the health and safety in construction qualification

British Safety Council statement regarding the BBC London Regional News and BBC Newsnight investigation into alleged malpractice concerning the awarding of the health and safety in construction qualification.

The British Safety Council is committed to ensuring that Approved Centres deliver our qualifications in accordance with our clearly defined standards and procedures. Where centres, through maladministration or malpractice, fall short in meeting our requirements we will impose the appropriate penalty in accordance with our sanctions policy.

The British Safety Council has been an Ofqual recognised Awarding Organisation since 2004. We have mature and robust approval, audit and monitoring procedures in place in respect of our Approved Centres.

Our programme of continuous monitoring had already highlighted possible infraction of our standards and procedures at a small number of the 146 centres we have approved to deliver our Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification. These matters are currently under investigation.

One of training centres featured in the report of the investigation broadcast on BBC London Regional News and BBC Newsnight on 21 October 2015 had already had their approval suspended. On the basis of the evidence contained in the broadcast the British Safety Council has suspended the approval of another centre.

People who have undertaken qualifications through the training centres featured in the reports and have concerns can contact the British Safety Council for advice and assistance. Please call +44 (0)20 8741 1231 or email [email protected]  

We have today suspended applications from organisations seeking to gain approval to deliver our Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification.  

We continue to work alongside the construction industry, the Construction Industry Training Board and our construction members to ensure that the risk of injury and ill health in the industry is effectively managed. Competence is a key component in ensuring good health and safety.

Whilst the Trustees and staff of the British Safety Council recognise that important improvements have been made over the past twenty years in construction health and safety, including the significant reduction in the incidence of fatal and major injuries, there is much still to do.

We are working with others to help eliminate fraud and ensure that people entering the construction industry have the requisite qualifications and competence essential to keeping the workforce healthy and safe.  

Mike Robinson

Chief Executive

22 October 2015