ICE MEMBERS without an industry safety card after June 2004 will have to study for NVQ qualifications to be eligible for one, the Institution's Health & Safety Board.
Without the card, members may be refused access to Major Contractor Group (MCG) construction sites.
The ICE said that members have been slow to sign up for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, which allows concessionary access to the scheme through industry accreditation up to mid-2004.
After January 2004 everyone on an MCG site will require the CSCS card, although access may be granted at the discretion of the site manager.'
Contractors will also be able to buy a book of 10 'occasional visitor cards' for £15 to give to key site staff without the card.
Such people would still need to undergo a site induction before being allowed on site.
Currently, 550,000 workers in the UK possess the card, which must be renewed every three to five years depending on the type of card required.
Site staff will need different grades of card depending on their level of responsibility. This varies from manual worker to site manager or designer.
The level of card required also needs to be verified by two senior colleagues.
At present applicants are then required to pass a health and safety test, costing £35, before being issued with a card.
INFOPLUS Further information can be found on www. cscs. uk. com and the ICE website.