Perform street cleansing by machine

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


This Standard is for those who carry out street cleansing using a vehicle or other automated equipment. You may be cleaning a variety of surfaces including street furniture and signage and need to know the different methods for each. It is important to ensure that, when you have finished your work, grounds are litter free and all debris and detritus, as is feasible, has

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Undertake Cleansing

  1. ensure you have the correct instructions and are aware of

    procedures for carrying out the work

  2. confirm the area to be cleaned

  3. chose the vehicle or machinery and cleaning methods that are

    suitable for the litter, detritus and the street furniture/surface being


  4. ensure you have the correct legal and organisational authorisation

    to use the vehicle or machinery

  5. ensure the vehicle or machinery has sufficient resources (eg. fuel

    and water) to complete the work to the required standard in the

    required time

  6. follow the correct procedures if there is a fault with the vehicle or


  7. use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the

    vehicle or machinery being used, and for the working conditions

  8. use the appropriate methods according to the type of litter and

    detritus, surface being cleaned, working conditions and type of

    vehicle or machinery being used and for the working conditions

  9. operate vehicles and machinery with care and take all possible

    steps to avoid others such as pedestrians

  10. when not in use secure the vehicle or mechanical equipment to

    prevent risk of injury to others

  11. ensure maximum clearance of litter and detritus, taking into

    account working conditions

    Offload collected waste

  12. ensure that spillages have been treated correctly before you

    remove them

  13. promptly report to your supervisor any problems that you come


  14. take the collected litter and detritus to the designated disposal


  15. discharge and dispose of the waste according to legal and

    organisational requirements and leave the vehicle body/machine


  16. upon completion of your work clean the vehicle, machinery and

    equipment, return to the storage area and ensure it is left secure

  17. comply with any reporting procedures when you have finished

    your work

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the instructions and relevant workplace procedures for carrying

    out the work

    1. potential hazards and risks associated with litter, detritus and

    street furniture and reporting procedures when you think they

    might present a risk to health and safety

    1. the vehicles or machinery available to you and the most

    appropriate for the type of cleansing

    1. any legal or organisational authority required to operate the

    vehicle or machinery, how to get this and what might happen if

    you do not have this

    1. how to check that the vehicle or machinery has sufficient

    resources (eg. fuel and water) and where to get these from

    1. the procedures to follow upon discovering a fault with the vehicle

    of machinery

    1. the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) required for the

    vehicle or machinery, the work being carried out and the working


    1. the importance of operating the vehicle or machinery carefully and


    1. the importance of securing mechanical equipment and what could

    happen if you fail to do so

    1. the standard of work to be provided

    2. different types of spillage and how to check that they have been

    treated correctly

    1. the designated disposal points for litter and detritus

    2. how to discharge and dispose of collected waste safely and the

    legal and organisational requirements that must be observed

    1. the designated place for cleaning vehicles, machinery and

    equipment and the methods for doing this

    1. storage areas for vehicles, equipment and machinery and why

    they must be left secure when you have finished your work

    1. the reporting procedures for problems and when you have

    finished your work and the importance of following these


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

01 Nov 2021





Originating Organisation

Asset skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Public Services, Waste Operative

SOC Code



Perform; Street; Cleansing; Machine; Litter; Detritus; Disposal of waste