SHEA Drains and Sewers: Course Content


The programme content and scheme specification has been developed in collaboration with The National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC).

The scheme consists of 8 modules – Modules 1-6 from SHEA Core and modules 12 and 13 specific to the UK drainage and sewerage industry. Individuals must successfully complete training and assessment for all 8 modules. SHEA Drains and Sewers can only be delivered by EUSR Approved Trainers.


Understanding our workplace responsibilitiesUnderpinning legal frameworks, definitions and their application in the workplace setting, including the responsibilities for both the individual (as an employee) and the employer.
Understanding the effects of our work on the environmentKey environmental considerations in the workplace, and their impact as employees, on the sustainability of their environment.
Identifying and controlling risksHelps the individual to identify and control risks and hazards, and understand their role in preventing them through a range of positive and proactive health and safety behaviours.
Common hazards and controls in the workplaceDevelops the ability to both identify a range of common physical hazards and minimise their impact in the workplace, in line with CSCS requirements.
Occupational health hazardsExplains the meaning of the term 'occupational health' and develop the individual's understanding of a range of occupational health hazards and their requirements. It helps individuals identify, mitigate for and minimise occupational health hazards in the workplace.
Responding to emergenciesDevelops individuals' understanding of emergency response behaviours, the role of reporting, inspection and enforcement of health & safety in the workplace. It also develops an individual's understanding of the impact on employee and employer of both poor/improving health and safety in the workplace.

Plus the following modules specific to the Drainage and Sewerage industry:

Drains and SewersUnderstanding of the requirements for safe working in drains and sewers. It focuses on the known risks when working with drains and sewers, of confined space working and its associated risks, the requirements for using different cleaning methods, and transferring and disposing of waste correctly.
Highway working and excavations (Drains & Sewers)Understanding of the processes and procedures required to work in the highway; this includes both public and private environments and creating a safe working environment through the application of safe systems of work in order to avoid other utility services. The individual will understand what to do in the case of an emergency.

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If you would like to get trained in this scheme, please see our list of training providers. If you are a trainer and would like to deliver this scheme, please see our guidance in the Approval and Delivery section. 

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