Health, Safety and Environment Test
To work on a construction site in the UK, it is a basic requirement to pass a Health, Safety and Environment test. On achievement of this test, candidates qualify for a Green Card – Labourer and can apply for starting positions in construction.
Alternative versions of the HS&E test are available from CITB and City & Guilds.
The CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) HS&E test lasts for 45 minutes and has 50 multiple-choice questions including:
12 behavioural case study questions about how you should behave on a construction site to stay safe and 38 knowledge questions to check your awareness of health, safety and environment issues.
At the introductory Operative level, the test includes the behavioural case studies and the five core knowledge sections:
- Legal and management
- Health and welfare
- General safety
- High risk activities
City & Guilds
City & Guilds offer the 6072 exam: Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. The test comprises 45 questions to be taken in 70 minutes on the topics:
- Know the principles of risk assessment for maintaining and improving health and safety at work
- Know the importance of safe manual handling in the workplace
- Know the importance of working safely at height in the workplace
- Know risks to health within a construction environment
- Know the importance of working around plant and equipment safely
Where to take the HS&E test
Both CITB and City & Guilds have accredited examination centres around the UK. Many colleges will accept candidates for both CITB and City & Guilds.
In addition to studying in your own time with Electacourse or on a course at a training provider, for the CITB exam, you will need to familiarise yourself with the Behavioural Case Studies Setting Out video: