Five new courses at the National Construction College all themed round health and safety issues.

The National Construction College is to introduce a Health and Safety course in Construction Design in 2005. Aimed at architects and designers the course will identify how good health and safety principles can be introduced at the design stage.

Last year the Health and Safety Executive reported that fewer than one in 10 designers had any training in the CDM Regulations covering health and safety.

Four other health and safety related courses will be introduced in 2005 including a Working at Heights course, which is based on new regulations to be introduced next year.

There will be a three-day course called Safe Support to Excavations, which is aimed at reducing risks for operatives and supervisors using shoring equipment.

Tool Box Talks will be delivered across the UK, and has been devised to teach supervisors and managers the most effective method of delivering safety briefings to their staff.

The fifth new course Combination Boiler Fault Finding has been developed to improve engineers’ ability to fault find and repair new boilers.

The National Construction College is the training arm of CITB-ConstructionSkills. The courses will appear in the college’s 2005 prospectus and will be delivered at venues across the UK including the four National Construction College Campuses.