New card for health and safety requirements

A new scheme to be launched at the Landscaping show in June will cut the number of cards needed by landscapers to meet clients' health and safety requirements.

The Landscaping Industry Sector Scheme (LISS) card, backed by BALI and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), will allow holders to perform a variety of activities without having to carry an individual card for each competency. This could range from pesticide handling to national highway work.

There are currently up to 140 competency cards for landscapers, including the CSCS and BALI's Registration of Land-Based Operatives (ROLO) skills card, introduced in 2007.

The LISS card will be issued to operatives who have taken the CSCS and the updated ROLO course.

Details of card holders' qualifications can be updated and stored on the card and will be listed on a central database that can be checked by clients.

BALI technical director Neil Huck said ROLO and other landscape-led certification schemes were not recognised by the construction industry, so the new card would resolve the problem.

"The main contractors on new landscape construction sites demand licences for all sorts of competencies and now instead of having to have a variety of cards you will be able to carry a single one," he explained.

He added that the aim was to include all competencies on one card but that the details were being finalised.

Frosts Landscapes landscape construction director Aidan Lane welcomed the introduction of the LISS card and said it could be particularly beneficial to smaller firms that had no formal health and safety training for commercial sites.

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