Category Archives: SWITCH Forum

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.

Scottish Waste Industry Training Competence and Health & Safety SWITCH Forum

Alasdair Meldrum attends SWITCH Forum held on the 18th September.

The SWITCH Forum was established in March 2014 with the headline aim:
“to provide leadership for the resource management sector by working collaboratively to raise standards within the sector regarding Health & Safety, training, learning & development and technical competence.”

Topics on discussion included –

  • Future structure of SWITCH to provide a secure future and harness the voluntary contributions from the SWITCH ambassadors.
  • Outline content for Health and Safety event in Feb. 2019
  • Key target areas for the Health and Safety group for 2019
  • Key target areas for Education, training & Competency for 2019

Summary of this will be issued to wider industry mid Oct. 2018

For further information please contact

IOSH Chartered Membership Accreditation – Alasdair Meldrum

Albion Environmental Ltd are delighted to announce Alasdair Meldrum’s progression from Graduate Member with IOSH to a Chartered Member (CMIOSH).

As a Chartered Member, businesses, employers and recruitment consultants recognise Chartered status as a shorthand for “best in class” and know they will get the highest professional standards from a Chartered individual.

Alasdair joins Albion’s experienced team of waste management professionals who are registered on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR). OSHCR is a register of consultants who can offer general advice to UK businesses to help them manage health and safety risks.

Alasdair is also a SWITCH (Scottish Waste Industry Training, Competency, Health & Safety) ambassador. SWITCH is a multi-partnership forum made up of organisations across all sectors within the resource management industry.

Alasdair is on the Education, training & Competency section of SWITCH which is focussed on creating training, learning and development opportunities for the resource management sector.

If you have any H&S issues with your current operation or simply want a review of your existing operation please do not hesitate to contact us