Maintain a healthy and safe working environment for waste management activities

Business Sectors (Suites): Frontline Environmental Services
Developed by: Energy & Utility Skills
Approved on: 01 Nov 2017


This Standard defines the competence required to comply with general health and safety in the working environment within the waste management industry. It includes identifying, responding to and reporting hazards and unsafe working practices and using safe methods of work. This Standard is for anyone who works on waste sites.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. use approved safe working and hygiene methods and techniques

    when carrying out work activities

    1. check work areas are kept clean and tidy and contribute to

    maintaining them in a suitable condition

    1. carry out all work in accordance with safe working procedures and

    practices and organisational requirements

    1. keep to specified walkways in the work place

    2. give warnings to people who might be at risk from hazardous


    1. comply with the organisations requirements for all working


    1. select and use the designated personal protective equipment

    (PPE) in accordance with operational procedures and legislation

    1. report on health and safety issues

    2. report conditions that are hazardous to people

    3. resolve health and safety issues within your remit and


    1. report problems within own area of responsibility in accordance

    with operational procedures

    1. refer to the designated person health and safety issues including

    near misses and procedures that dont work, cant be followed

    and fall outside the responsibility of the job role

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:


  1. the classifications and types of hazardous waste

  2. the potential hazards associated with different wastes and the

    risks that can be found on most waste sites

  3. how to identify work-related hazards and risks

  4. details of operational procedures and documentation

  5. operational procedures and why it is important to comply with


  6. the limits of the job responsibility when communicating with others

  7. how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) in line with

    operational procedures

    Health and safety

  8. the differences between a hazard and a risk

  9. the organisational requirements for personal hygiene

  10. the importance of good housekeeping

  11. the importance of identifying health and safety hazards and how

    to minimise them

  12. the hierarchy of control measures

  13. the importance of warning others about risks and ways to do it

  14. the different types of plant equipment and potential risks and

    controls that are in place to reduce the risk to as low as possible

  15. hazard warning signs and their purposes

  16. the legal requirements for risk assessments and health and safety

    obligations and requirements in the work place

  17. the organisational requirements for reporting risks, hazards, near

    misses and dangerous incidents


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

01 Nov 2021





Originating Organisation

Energy & utility skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Public Services, Waste Operative

SOC Code



Maintain; Healthy; Safe; Health and safety; Work; Environment; Waste; Management; Utility; Utilities