ECS Check continues to make waves across Northern Ireland, following its approval as a pilot that meets requirements of the Licence to Practise initiative. The LtP was first introduced to all appropriate government construction contracts on January 1, 2016, and the government recognised ECS Check has been aiding electrical contractors in meeting their requirements free of charge.
As well as allowing contractors and clients to verify the ECS status of onsite electrotechnical personnel, ECS Check’s online portal enables users to produce summaries for auditing and reporting. Free to access, the service provides information on the entire workforce, displaying details of qualified electricians, apprentices and other electrical workers employed across multiple projects.
For even greater flexibility, an ECS Check app enables real-time, onsite auditing. Using ECS Check in Northern Ireland is easy. The client simply requests that the main contractor uses ECS Check to comply with LtP requirements and if they are already using the ‘Employer Portal’, then this function will be added to their account. Employees who don’t hold an ECS card can easily apply online or employers can use the ‘Employer Portal’ to manage employee cards.
ECS Check offers a number of benefits, including:
• Easy to use e-portal
• Visibility of the workforce employed on-site throughout the supply chain
• Access all projects in Northern Ireland, England and Wales
• Ability to verify/validate ECS Cards issued by the JIB
• Promotes safe working practices and ensures health, safety and environmental awareness for all those entering projects