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Safety Health and Environmental Awareness Cross-Country Pipelines

Scheme Overview

The Safety Health and Environment Awareness portfolio of schemes have been developed in conjunction with industry to provide a uniform approach to health, safety and environmental awareness training across the utilities sector, in line with Health and Safety Executive guidelines.

The cross-country pipelines scheme is designed for all individuals involved in the operational activities of the cross-country pipelines industry who require access to sites, both permanent and temporary, including all levels of operatives, supervisors and management. A SHEA Cross-country pipelines card lasts for three years from the date of training.

SHEA Cross-country pipelines comprises of nine modules. The six core modules are common to all utility industries and form the basis of health, safety and environmental law and practices. A further three modules provide the cross-country pipelines industry specific content, all individuals will need to complete all nine modules to receive the SHEA Cross-country pipelines registration. It is designed to provide evidence that an individual has demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge and awareness. It is a passport scheme and does not indicate any level of technical competence or skilled expertise.

How do I get an EUSR Card?

Registration is based on successful completion of a training and assessment. Following training the Energy & Utility Skills approved trainer will apply to register the individual. EUSR cards are issued within 28 days of receipt of the necessary completed paperwork and payment. Individuals are issued with a cover note following training to confirm completion of the training and assessment while they wait for their card to be issued. The training session is expected to last for approximately one working day and comprises a trainer led presentation and assessment. Individuals will be called upon to share their experiences and thoughts throughout, to build on the course material.

Training is delivered through a network of trainers who have been trained and approved by Energy & Utility Skills. All trainers deliver the same programme content and testing. A list of approved trainers and training providers is available here.


Tranistion routes are temporaily closed until the whole of the SHEA Suite is launched in March 2018.

Please note: the registration gained from the transition route will expire 3 years (5 for SHEA Gas) after the initial programme.

CSCS Affiliation

The SHEA Cross-country pipelines scheme is affiliated with the CSCS to allow cross-country pipelines industry workers access to construction sites for purposes of utilities work without the need to complete a separate CSCS card.
For further details please consult the CSCS Affiliation page here.