Safety Training in the Waste Sector

SLR is supporting the roll out of a national safety, health and environmental awareness (SHEA) training scheme for the waste sector.

Hazard and environmental awareness and basic safety competency has been recognised by the safety industry and the HSE as essential in improving the safety performance and the health of employees across the waste and recycling industry.

The training provided by industry experts from SLR is part of a wider national programme to adopt a ‘safety passport’ scheme similar to the CSCS card in the construction industry. The SHEA card will show that your employees possess some of the key skills and knowledge to carry out their job in a safe manner.

About the Scheme

The UK construction industry successfully use a CSCS card ‘passport’ scheme where all workers (temporary, seasonal and permanent) must pass a consistent safety training course and assessment in order to work on any construction site.

The waste sector has launched a passport scheme that mirrors the construction industry approach. It has been developed by regulators and waste industry leaders in order to provide a uniform approach to health, safety and environmental awareness training across the waste sector, in line with Health and Safety Executive guidelines.

Our SLR training personnel have been certified as part of the WISH and SWITCH (Scotland) waste sector strategies to improve safety in the waste sector by providing consistent, practical safety training for waste sector personnel.

The one-day training course is designed for all persons who require access to operational waste 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.

Our accredited trainers can attend your site to deliver the course or host the training at an external location.


  • Improved awareness of health, safety and environmental requirements;
  • A more competent and confident workforce;
  • Delivered by trainers with waste management experience;
  • Contextualised content makes it 100% relevant;
  • Interactive course that caters for different learning styles; and
  • Aligned against SWITCH Competency Framework

About the Training & Course Structure

The SLR one-day training course comprises of eight modules.

The first seven 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 landfill, processing and sorting.

All trainees will complete the first seven modules and depending on their job role can complete an additional 8th module: Waste Collection: Drivers & Operatives.

On completion of the course, delegates sit an assessment. Upon passing, each course attendee will receive a photo card showing proof of course completion and will be registered on the Energy and Utilities Skills (EUS) database.

SLR Capabilities

SLR has been working closely with the waste and recycling sector for over 20 years and many of our team have worked within the industry.

We are one of the few UK training bodies that have been accredited to deliver training as part of this scheme.

The SLR training programme is designed and delivered in an interactive way using high quality materials and is based on risk assessment and hazard identification.

In addition to having a large number of training locations across the UK, we are keen to ensure that we support this programme with our partners in the waste sector. We are happy to discuss how we can make this programme work for you, your employees and the demands on your budget. We are proud to take a flexible approach to ensuring you get value from taking part on this important scheme.


For more information

Please contact a member of our team below to discuss your specific requirements or for a quotation.