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Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Waste and Resource Management Passport

We are delighted to advise that we have two fully qualified and experienced trainers ready to deliver the Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Waste and Resource Management Passport course which is a new scheme supported by SWITCH, to improve Health and Safety in the sector.

Aligned to the SWITCH competence framework the SHEA Passport is:

  • Affiliated with Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).
  • Ensures staff can demonstrate appropriate levels of Health, Safety & Environmental awareness.

To find out how one company used it to improve their Health and Safety and training across their operation please click here.

In response to the current emergency situation, EU Skills have announced that SHEA training and assessment can temporarily be delivered remotely via an ‘e-Classroom’. Albion are now looking in to the potential of offering this remote training to our customers.

For our experienced Trainers, the principles of remote training delivery for SHEA via an e-Classroom are the same as those for a physical classroom:

The Trainer and individuals can talk and interact with each other in real time:

  • The design, content and structure of the SHEA training – and the final assessment – is the same.
  • The same training materials are used (e.g. the same SHEA PowerPoint slides used in a physical classroom).
  • Individuals must pass a final assessment – albeit controlled, delivered and taken remotely.
  • Individuals are there to learn and pass the assessment to get their SHEA EUSR registration.

The scheme consists of 8 modules in total covering core health, safety and environmental topics outline below.

There are 8 mandatory modules for the Waste Management industry:

  • Introduction to the waste sector
  • Legislation, regulation and company procedures
  • Health & Safety in the workplace
  • What happens if things go wrong?
  • Occupational Hazards & Consequences
  • Onsite risks & Precautions
  • The environment
  • Waste collection: Drivers and operatives (waste specific module)

This course is designed for employees requiring access to Waste Management sites. Successful completion of the qualification will result in a SHEA EUSR card that will also features the SWITCH logo.

If you wish to discuss the delivery of this course in your organisation please do not hesitate to contact Kirstie 01292 610428 or email Kirstie directly for more information.

Visit our website for more info and courses we can deliver to assist you in keeping your staff up to date and ready to hit the road once the current Covid-19 situation stabilises.

Albion Environmental Ltd deliver EU Skills Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) scheme to all Barr Environmental Staff

Alasdair Meldrum – Director Albion Environmental Ltd was delighted to attend Barr Environmental site to formal present the SHEA cards (CSCS equivalent qualification) to a number of staff.

Alasdair Meldrum and Gordon Whiteford – Operations Director Barr Environmental Ltd are both ambassadors for SWITCH (Scottish Waste Industry Training, Competency, Health & Safety). SWITCH is a multi-partnership forum made up of organisations across all sectors within the resource management industry.

The stated aim of SWITCH is to provide leadership by working collaboratively to raise standards of health and safety, training, learning and development, and technical competence and to promote the Scottish resource management industry as an attractive career choice.

SWITCH is keen to encourage all companies to deliver SHEA training for their staff to provide a basic level of H&S qualifications across the sector. Albion Environmental Ltd has two EU Skills approved trainers and was delighted that, Barr Environmental Ltd took the opportunity too not only deliver this qualification to all their staff but they opened it up to all contractors who regularly worked on their sites. A total of 68 staff have now received their SHEA card which is valid for 3 years, introducing a consistent standard of H&S training across the organisation.

Well done to all 68 staff who successfully completed the qualification which comprises of 8 units which all have an assessment at the end of each stage.

Albion’s ABC of Waste Management – F FIRE

Are you compliant with the Fire Safety Regulations on your site?

Fires at Waste Facilities have the potential to be very serious, posing risk to life and presenting hazards to the local community and the environment. They can also be very costly.

The Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum issued a revised guidance in 2017 aimed at providing waste management operators with the advice and information required to:

  • Reduce the likelihood and frequency of fires at solid waste management sites
  • Where fires do occur, reduce the potential safety, health, environmental, property damage and business interruption impacts

For more information

Albion Environmental Ltd specialise in providing high quality Health and Safety Consultancy and Training for the Waste Management sector. Do not hesitate to contact us to pose us your Health and Safety questions, we will be happy to provide you support to fit your needs and requirements, and ensure compliance with relevant Health and Safety legislation.

Are your site staff trained and equipped to deal with a fire at your facility?

Albion offer a 1-day Fire Warden Course, for site staff and operatives – for more information please get in contact

The course was designed to enable individuals from commerce & industry to undertake the duties of a fire warden and understand the risks associated with fire in the workplace, how fires start, actions to be taken in the event of a fire and the use of first aid firefighting equipment employing the correct techniques.

The course covers the following topics;

  • Relevant legislation                                      
  • Role & duties of the fire warden                   
  • Fire wardens exercise                                 
  • The chemistry of fire                                    
  • BS EN 2 Classes of fire                               
  • Fire procedures and prevention                    
  • Use of fire extinguishers                            
  • Theory & Practical assessments

Energy and Utility Skills (EUSR) SHEA Training providers

Albion Environmental Ltd is delighted to announce that our trainers Sam Grant and Craig Chandler are now approved Energy and Utility Skills (EUSR) SHEA training providers.  This new Passport scheme is a collaboration between Energy & Utility Skills and SWITCH (Scottish Waste Industry Competency Health and Safety Forum) to further support and promote health and safety in the resource management industry in Scotland.

The SWITCH Forum which includes Local Authorities (LA’s), public, private and third sector organisations launched SHEA Passport in July this year to encourage the resource management industry to take action to address the poor HSE statistics for the sector and enable a change of culture and mindset around H&S in the industry by embedding a standard level of H&S awareness which was consistent across the sector, and which empowered workers to recognise and take action against bad practices.

SHEA SWITCH aligns to the highly respected SWITCH Competency Framework. Those who successfully complete the programme are given an EUSR registration (valid for 3 years). The SWITCH endorsement of SHEA Waste will increase and strengthen awareness and adoption of the programme in the sector across Scotland.

For delivery options please contact John MacSwan or telephone 01292 610428 for more information.

SWITCH Workplan

Please find below an important message about SWITCH.

Dear Colleague,

As a Forum we have worked hard this year to review our work for the past 4 years, which has highlighted many of our successes and achievements even though it is entirely based on us collectively giving our time on a voluntary basis. It has also given us a chance to review our governance system, structure and documents to consider how best to put it on a more sustainable path – more detail on this will follow. At our last meeting the following work plans for each of the working groups were identified and outlined and I would ask you to all please review these workplans and let me know what suggestions you have for SWITCH to take these pieces of work forward by Tuesday 27 November by emailing Fiona Craig back directly.

Executive Working Group

  1. To establish new governance system for SWITCH based on becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with accountability to the Office of the charity regulator in Scotland (OSCR).
  2. To review the Constitution to ensure fit with the criteria of becoming a SCIO.
  3. To review and develop an overall communication and engagement plan for SWITCH including an improved website.
  4. To oversee the development of a sustainability plan for SWITCH.

 Health & Safety Working Group

  1. WISH 4 (Safe Collection Practices) has just been reviewed and republished. SWITCH is to review and agree how and what to promote this WISH Guidance in Scotland using the website, SWITCH Network and annual event.
  2. The HSE Waste & Recycling Sector Working Plan has been published and section 5.2 notes areas for concern. SWITCH to review and promote this, particularly site traffic management plans and segregation of pedestrians and vehicles.
  3. WISH has drafted a guidance document on vehicle specification. SWITCH to review this and consider how we can influence standards and what’s available.
  4. Health & Wellbeing is a theme that SWITCH wishes to develop and introduce a few case studies (Binn Group can demonstrate real progress in this regard for example).
  5. Possible Annual Theme – with the aim of prioritising it  

Education, Training and Competence Working Group

  1. To continue to develop the SWITCH SHEA Passport Scheme for the waste and resources sector.
  2. To participate fully in the National Occupational Standards (NOS) Review for the sector which will take place September 2018 to March 2019 led by Energy and Utility Skills.  Once completed the NOS can be reconciled with the existing SWITCH Competence Framework and to ensure it is reviewed and up to date and fit for purpose.
  3. To review the CF once NOS review is complete to see how it can be built on (it is currently based on only 6 key roles within the industry)
  4. To start to promote how the CF relates to a range of common qualifications and accredited courses e.g. SHEA Passport Scheme, Manual handling, H&S, and particularly the FLES Award. A series of supporting documents to be produced for this.
  5. To establish a mentor and mentee program to support managers/ team leaders through the process of and to also provide support for those being assessed.

With thanks for your continued support


Alasdair Meldrum is one of the SWITCH ambassadors and is a member of the Education, Training and Competence Working Group.

If you have any queries regarding this message or SWITCH in general please do not hesitate to contact Alasdair directly or call 01292 610428.