Good practice guidance for working with MEWPs

After a ventilation engineer was recently crushed between a scissor ladder and a beam, this guidance from Construction Industry Plant Safety Group offers good practice guidance for reducing trapping and crushing injuries to people in mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). Download the PDF here.

The difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest

A useful poster has been produced which can help you tell the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack. Download the PDF here.

Fire risk flowcharts and tables for duty holders

Construction fire safety needs to be managed from the earliest stages of design, procurement, and the construction phase. Duty holders need to address the fire risks to both to site workers and to those persons living or working in neighbouring buildings. To support duty holders, the CONIAC Managing Risk Well Construction Fire Safety sub-group has developed flowcharts and tables based on the Plan, Do, Check, Act approach set out in the HSE publication Managing for health and safety (HSG65). Download the PDF here.

Provisional Sums in Construction Contracts

As part of the further development of the CICV Best Practice Guide, we are sharing an excellent paper by Richard Brackstone on Provisional Sums in Construction Contracts . This  will be of assistance to CICV organisations and their members in understanding the implications of provisional sums in contracts. Download it here. Please note this is provided for information only and is not to be assumed as ‘advice’.

Project Bank Accounts


  • This guidance from Scottish Government outlines how to implement PBAs in construction contracts.
  • This document by SEC Group outlines how to set up a PBA in 12 easy steps. Download the PDF here.
  • Project Bank Accounts in Scotland, the 15 key questions here.
  • Scottish Government video on PBA purpose, here.
  • Scottish Government blog on why PBAs are beneficial, here.
  • Scottish Government blog for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, here.


  • An update about a PBA that will be used on the construction of a new £72m healthcare facility in Glasgow can be read here.
  • Two articles about PBAs, published in SELECT stakeholder magazine CABLEtalk, are available to download here (October 2020) and here (June 2021).
  • A CICV Forum webinar about PBAs, delivered by Professor Rudi Klein and David Rennie on 15 September 2020, can be watched again here.
  • A PDF of the webinar presentation can be downloaded here.
  • PowerPoint from Scotland Excel PBAs webinar on 6 November 2020, here.


  • Lessons learned from tender by SRUC Avian Science Research Centre here.
  • Another case study, about the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, here.


  • Testimonials from businesses who have used PBAs, here.
  • Report from Highways England on success of PBAs, here.


  • Frequently asked questions about PBAs here
Conflict Avoidance and Early Intervention (CAP) summary
CDM 20-20 Vision: Changing the culture

This report on Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, developed by Keeping Pace with Change Working Group, discusses applying CDM 2015 strategically to diverse projects. The report can be found here.

MRW Responsibility and Competency Matrix

Are you aware of your responsibilities regarding fire safety in construction? Developed by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) Working Group, this matrix aims to identify and outline the roles and the responsibilities of those involved in fire prevention on construction projects. Read it here.

Summary Adjudication

The summary adjudication rules can be found here.

Self-catering accommodation

The Scottish Government has released further guidance for certain sectors of the economy who rely on shared, self-catering accommodation for work, such as forestry and construction. Employers are now advised to complete individual risk assessments for those workers staying away in shared accommodation for work purposes. Workers must be made aware that the risk assessments are dynamic and may be subject to change depending on the conditions found on arrival at the accommodation. Find out more here.

Payment Schedule Template

To download a template that can be to used in relation to payment applications to employers and also down their own supply chain, please click here.

Construction Contractual Handbook

Click here for the handbook, which is aimed at specialist contractors.

Restart guidance

The Health and Safety Executive

i-Con Online Learning Platform

This resource from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre is a bank of online training and skills resources that can be undertaken remotely. Access the training and skills register here: This links to hundreds of free resources across a range of themes.

i-Con Knowledge Hub

Browse this bank of resources to find current information and navigate the range of support services available to the built environment community during the current crisis:

Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure
  • The Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure was launched by the Construction Industry Council on 1 May 2020. Download the PDF here.
Key worker testing matrix

On this matrix, you’ll find guidance on who can access the expanded UK Government Testing Programme in Scotland and how to do so:

More information is available here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
Business Advice and Financial Support
Government Guidance for Construction
Training and Skills
Health, Safety and Wellbeing 
  • NHS Inform latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice.
  • NHS 24 can be contacted in Scotland by dialling 111. 
  • Fit for Travel provides health related travel guidance from the Health Protection Scotland. 
Mental Health
  • Mates in Mind is registered UK charity raising awareness, addressing the stigma of poor mental health and promoting positive mental wellbeing across workplaces.
  • SAMH provide a coronavirus mental health information hub.  
  • Clear your head provides useful details of things you can do to help clear your head.  
  • Samaritans provide support for those worried about their mental health and can be contacted 24/7 on 116 123. 

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