Transport waste

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


This Standard defines the competence required to transport waste. It involves being able to operate and control a waste transport vehicle (with or without attachments), monitoring and reviewing the vehicle's (and its attachments) performance and the operating schedule in compliance with organisational and regulatory requirements. This Standard is for those who drive waste transport vehicles.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Operate and control a waste transport vehicle

  1. carry out daily routine checks on the vehicle in accordance with

    operational procedures

  2. confirm the operational suitability of the vehicle and specialist


  3. ensure the vehicle is suitable for the task and that any required

    additional equipment is available and fit for use

  4. select and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

    in accordance with operational requirements

  5. drive and manoeuvre the vehicle safely in line with training and

    operational procedures

  6. drive the vehicle in a manner which minimises wear and tear, the

    risk of accidental damage, and maximises efficiency

  7. drive in a manner which shows consideration for others and

    minimises risk to oneself and the crew

  8. drive and operate the vehicle legally

  9. confirm the load is secure and stable before moving off

  10. monitor continuously the condition of the vehicle and its load by

    observing the vehicles performance, and report any problems in

    accordance with operational procedures

  11. follow operational procedures in the event of accident,

    breakdown, and other problems

    Use and communicate data and information related to the

    transportation of waste

  12. complete and sign the daily vehicle and vehicle attachments

    checks documentation

  13. report problems which arise from the vehicle and vehicle

    attachments check

  14. record variations in vehicle and vehicle attachments performance

  15. complete operational documentation

  16. confirm regulatory documentation and signage is completed and

    positioned accurately

    Resolve problems which arise with the transportation of


  17. report variations in vehicle performance

  18. take steps to resolve insecure or unstable loads and any aspects

    of the vehicle that causes concern

  19. advise colleagues or managers of situations which require their


  20. report situations which are outside the job role responsibilities in

    line with operational procedures

  21. respond to falls fromvehicles, accidents, breakdowns or other

    problems in line with organisational procedures

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:


  1. the classifications and types of waste

  2. the potential hazards associated with different wastes

  3. how to identify work-related hazards and risks

  4. details of operational procedures and documentation

  5. how to work constructively with colleagues and other people and

    resolve disagreements

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

    operational procedures

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


  8. your job responsibility and when to report to managers

    Waste transport vehicle and equipment

  9. vehicle controls, equipment, and their functions

  10. vehicle handling and load characteristics

  11. load use and their effects on vehicle performance

  12. the methods of checking vehicle performance

  13. how to identify variances in vehicle performance and the reporting


  14. how to identify deviations from the schedule of operations

  15. how to establish load stability and security

  16. how to manoeuvre safely and effectively

  17. how to minimise wear and tear and the risk of accidents

  18. how to respond to falls, accidents, breakdowns or other problems

  19. how to accommodate special instructions in route and schedule


  20. the requirements of the organisation receiving the load

  21. the potential environmental impact of the vehicle and its load

  22. relevant legislation affecting the vehicle, its driver, and its load


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





Links To Other NOS

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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



Transport; Transportation; Waste; Manoeuvre; Vehicle safety; Vehicle performance; Unstable loads; Controls; Handling; Load characteristics