Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Drains and Sewers


About the Scheme

Our Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) suite of schemes have been developed in collaboration 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.

Our Safety Health and Environment Awareness (SHEA) Drains and Sewers scheme has been developed in collaboration with The National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC) and is designed for individuals who work with drains and sewers and require access to operational sites within the drainage and sewerage industry, both permanent and temporary, at all levels including operatives, supervisors and management.

The SHEA Drains and Sewers scheme comprises of eight modules. Six modules are ‘core’ modules and are relevant for all utility industries and support workplace practice in relation to health, safety and environmental law. Two modules provide the drainage and sewerage industry specific content.  It is designed to provide evidence that an individual has demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge, understanding and behavioural awareness. Individuals must complete all eight modules and pass the SHEA Drains and Sewers assessment to gain EUSR SHEA Drains and Sewers registration. It is an Energy & Utility Skills Passport scheme and does not indicate any level of technical competence or skilled expertise.


Registration on EUSR

Registration is based on successful completion of a training programme and assessment. Training is delivered through a network of Energy & Utility Skills approved trainers and they all deliver the same training programme and assessment. The training usually lasts about one working day and is interactive, with trainer-led activities plus individuals are invited to share and discuss their own experiences with the group.

EUSR registration for SHEA Drains and Sewers is for three years from the date of assessment.


SHEA Additional

Where an individual already has a SHEA registration on EUSR and they require registration for another SHEA scheme they can sometimes undertake a reduced programme of training and assessment for the additional SHEA scheme; the modules in one SHEA scheme can ‘count’ or ‘be converted’ towards achievement of another SHEA scheme.

All SHEA schemes contain the same SHEA core content, SHEA Core, which means the current SHEA registration can be used as ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL).  This means no duplicate learning or assessment already covered.

Historically this was called ‘Conversion’ because some of the modules of the current SHEA registration is ‘converted’ into a new SHEA registration.

There are some rules for using RPL in SHEA – there must already be a current and valid SHEA EUSR registration in order to take the Additional SHEA modules towards a further SHEA registration.  The start date of the further SHEA registration will be backdated to the start date of the current SHEA; this is important as this aligns the timing of the SHEA Core renewal modules.

Registration gained from an ‘addition’ will expire on the same date as the original SHEA scheme. 

For example: If your EUSR registration for SHEA Drains and Sewers is dated 09/05/2021 and you use modules in this scheme to access reduced training and assessment for a SHEA Water registration, both registrations will expire on 08/05/2024.

SHEA Additional was formerly known as ‘SHEA Conversion’, ‘SHEA reciprocity’ and ‘SHEA transition’.


CSCS Partner

The SHEA Drains and Sewers scheme is partnered with CSCS to allow drainage and sewerage industry workers access to construction sites for purposes of utilities work, without the need for a separate CSCS card.

For further details please consult the CSCS Partner page.


Find Out More

If you would like to get trained in this scheme, please use our schemes search to find a trainer.

If you are a trainer and would like to deliver this scheme, please see our guidance on delivering passport schemes.

If you have any queries relating to EUSR or the evidence requirements for any of our schemes or programmes, please contact the EUSR Support team. We are available Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm via email eusr@euskills.co.uk or tel: 0121 745 1310.