John Ryder Training Centre
In 1912 CHSG’s John Ryder Training Centre was Chertsey’s Infant School. The building has retained it’s educational purposes by becoming CHSG’s training centre for Health and Safety Courses.
Today, CHSG has more than 300 members and offers accredited and bespoke health and safety training courses for the UK Construction and Associated Industries/Sectors.
From the beginning, CHSG has been committed to providing an excellent standard of training and service.
Refurbishment of the Training Centre
The refurbishment of the John Ryder Training Centre commenced in December 2015. The new centre was completed and launched at the AGM meeting in April 2016.
Today, CHSG’s courses are either held in the newly refurbished training facilities in Chertsey, or at external venues to suit the client’s requirements.
65 Years of CHSG
In 2017 CHSG celebrated 65 years of remarkable achievements and sustained success in Health and Safety training. Today, CHSG offers accredited and bespoke health and safety training courses for the UK Construction and Associated Industries/Sectors.
Back to the beginning...
The Construction Health and Safety Group was setup in 1952 under the name The London Building and Engineering Construction Accident Prevention Group. There were only 17 representatives on the board from major construction companies in London and a capital of £15.
In 1958 the first Construction Safety Centre was secured in Enfield and the group became known as The London Construction Safety Group (LCSG). Membership grew in correlation with a growing anxiety around the Construction Industry’s poor safety record, which created a demand for safety training.
By 1960, LCSG were firmly established, offering 20 courses a year and booking 500 students onto the courses. LCSG had become industry leaders for Safety Training.
Due to the demand, training facilities were expanded in 1967 to Putney, where Tower Crane Driver courses was able to be offered for the first time. A Banksman/Slingers and Crane Appreciation course for safety officers was introduced, making LCSG the only centre in Europe to offer a specific crane safety training course.
LCSG was involved in the construction sector of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and was appointed as the sole representative for the UK.
In 1974 RoSPA awarded the Group Society’s Gold Award .
The London Construction Safety Group changed their name to The Construction Health and Safety Group (CHSG).
In 1977, the 25,000th student walked through the training doors of CHSG and received a special mention at one of CHSG’s general meetings.
In 1981 the Group purchased St Peter’s Hall, now known as the John Ryder Training Centre in Chertsey.
CHSG also confirmed their charitable status as Company Limited by Guarantee.
On 25th March 1982 the group finally opened the doors of it’s new, and its very own, training premises in Chertsey. The centre was named The John Ryder Training Centre after the ambitions of John Ryder and his role in obtaining this goal of the group.
In 1984 RoSPA awarded CHSG the Silver Award.
Members of the Board serve the BSI committees on a voluntarily basis in their spare time and in 1994 the group achieved accreditations by BSI under the British Standard EN ISO 9001:1994. The group was also awarded its certification as a Quality Assured firm. CHSG is inspected annually to maintain this certification.
In 2012 CHSG celebrated 60 years of remarkable achievements and sustained success in Health and Safety training.
In April 2016, the refurbished CHSG Training Centre was reopened by Russell Adfield (HSE) after the AGM meeting.
In 2017 CHSG celebrated 65 years of remarkable achievements and sustained success in Health and Safety training. Today the Group are the premier safety group and main provider of constructor safety training in the UK.
At the beginning of 2018, CHSG achieved and completed the transition to BS ISO 9001:2015.
We look forward to continually working with the Construction and Associated Sectors to ensure a high standard of training and support in the years ahead, leading to our 70th anniversary and beyond!