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Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (Waste & Resource Management)

Scheme Overview

The SHEA portfolio of schemes have been developed in conjunction with industry employers in order to provide a uniform approach to health, safety and environmental awareness training across the utilities sector, in line with Health and Safety Executive guidelines. It is a passport scheme and does not indicate any level of technical competence or skilled expertise.

The scheme is designed for all persons who require access to operational sites, both permanent and temporary, including all levels of operatives, supervisors and management. A SHEA (Waste & Resource Management) card lasts for three years from the date of training.

SHEA (Waste & Resource Management) scheme comprises of 8 modules. The first 7 modules cover areas common to all utility industries and form the basis of health, safety and environmental law and practices. They also cover waste industry specific activities, such as processing and sorting after collection. All trainees will complete the first 7 modules and depending on their job role can complete the addtional 8th module Waste Collection: Drivers & Operatives. It is designed to provide on-site 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.

SWITCH in Scotland

In Scotland, the SHEA (Waste & Resource Management) scheme is delivered in conjunction with the SWITCH (Scottish Waste Industry Training, Competence, Health & Safety) Forum of which Zero Waste Scotland is a member. Additionally, the SHEA modules map across to and support, the widely used SWITCH Competence Framework. Those registered in Scotland will receive an EUSR card that also features the SWITCH logo.


How do I get an EUSR Card?

Registration is based on successful completion of a training course, after which a cover note will be issued by the trainer and trainees will be registered with EUSR. Once the necessary paperwork and payment have been received the SHEA (Waste & Resource Management) card will be issued within 22 days. The training session is expected to last for approximately one working day and comprises a trainer lead presentation and a series of tests. Trainees 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 EUSR. All trainers deliver the same course content and testing. A list of approved trainers and training providers is available here.

CSCS Affiliation

The SHEA (Waste & Resource Management) scheme is affiliated with the CSCS to allow utility workers access to CSCS controlled 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.