CICV Forum bolsters its ranks with two new members

Lesley McLeod

THE Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has welcomed two new member organisations to its ranks.

The Association for Project Safety (APS) and Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) are the latest bodies to become full members of the Forum, which has been at the forefront of the battle to save Scotland’s construction sector in the face of challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

APS is a professional institution in the field of construction health and safety risk management, while the SPRA is the primary trade association for the single ply roofing sector.

Their arrival means the Forum now has 24 full member bodies from across Scotland and beyond, including government agencies, private companies, professional services and training bodies, plus 27 further organisations contributing advice to its seven sub-groups.

Forum chair and SELECT MD Alan Wilson, said, “We are delighted to welcome these new organisations and we greatly appreciate the contribution they will make to our ongoing efforts. The Forum, in its daily activities and in its comprehensive provision of practical information and advice, has performed an unprecedented service to every component part of our vital industry and each new member brings new strengths.”

Lesley McLeod, chief executive of the APS commented, “Construction will play a vital part in getting the Scottish economy moving again after Covid-19. The Forum provides an invaluable opportunity for industry from across the country to discuss the issues we all face, no matter the size of business, and how the sector can safely get back to work. The Association for Project Safety strives continuously to improve and promote the professional practice of design and construction health and safety risk management and we are very pleased to join the group to make our contribution to this remarkable joint work.”

Dr Ronan Brunton, technical manager of the SPRA added, “Since 1992, our organisation’s mission has been to achieve growth and sustainability among our members and this is exactly the challenge now facing the Forum. It has been particularly heartening to see so many organisations working together for the common good and we are determined that our part of the industry will do everything it possibly can to help.”

The CICV Forum has provided vital information and advice to the sector throughout the Covid-19 crisis, as well as carrying out surveys, hosting webinars and making appeals to government ministers.

In the last two weeks alone it has released health and safety underpinning guidancefurloughing information for employers, a consultation about the future of the industry in Scotland and advice for apprentices and staff preparing to return to college.