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New categories for Considerate Constructors

Smoking, drugs and literacy will come under the scrutiny of Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) site monitors in 2010.

The scheme, which aims to improve the image of construction by continuously improving sites and the image of sites, regularly adds new questions to their continual checking - of more than 1000 sites every month.

2010’s Site Registration Monitors’ Checklist will now demand information on how smoking is managed, whether a drugs and alcohol policy is in place and how literacy and numeracy is promoted.

To ensure sites are reducing their carbon footprint, the embodied energy or sites is also included.

Higher scores are achieved by actively seeking to improve site conditions.

The highest scores go beyond basic solutions, and exceptional scores recognise groundbreaking or unique approaches to improving sites.

CCS has also made new appointments:

Director and principal consultant at Rober Biggs Associates, Robert Biggs, replaces Norman Reed as CCS chair. Biggs became a director in 2006 and vice chair in 2009. Reed steps down following two years as chairman.

Paul Moore, who served 17 years as a construction director is elevated to CCS director. Civil engineer Chris Lane also becomes a director following a career in the South East.

Biggs said: “Under the guidance of Norman Reed and his predecessors, the Scheme has gone from strength to strength, and I look forward to seeing the Scheme expand and develop still further during my tenure as Chairman.”

Despite the recession, the scheme expanded in 2009, with 40,000 sites now registered.

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