Inspect vehicles used in waste management facilities

URN: euswo15
Business Sectors (Suites): Waste Resource Operations Management
Developed by: Energy & Utility Skills
Approved on: 01 Nov 2017


This standard defines the competence required to carry out inspections on vehicles, including plant and tracked vehicles, used in the waste management industry. It involves assessing job related damage and wear and tear and whether it falls within acceptable limits. It requires an ability to maintain records and report the results of inspections as required by the organisation and, in particular, damage which could affect safety or effective operation. The inspections cover vehicles and associated ancillary equipment and tools. This standard is for those whose responsibility it is to inspect

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Carry out inspections on vehicles, and associated equipment

  1. select and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) prior

    to commencing an inspection in accordance with the organisational


  2. ensure that risk assessment controls covering the vehicle inspection

    are met

  3. carry out the vehicle inspection in accordance with manufacturers

    recommendations and the organisations inspection schedule

  4. check the vehicle in accordance with organisational requirements

  5. inspect the wheels for security and damage

  6. check for damage, missing items or insecure body work or fittings

    that might affect the safe operation of the vehicle

  7. check the fuel and windscreen wash levels and fill up the tanks if

    levels are too low for the days activities

  8. check the levels of lubricants, cooling system fluid, and other fluid


  9. check that health, safety and amenity equipment fitted to, or in,

    the vehicle is in place and fit for service.

    Use and communicate data and information connected with daily


  10. complete daily inspection reports in accordance with organisational


  11. record any corrective actions taken and report them to the

    designated person

  12. record and report any defects or damage found on vehicles and

    associated equipment in accordance with organisational procedures

  13. issue clear warnings to drivers where vehicles and associated


    do not conform to safe operational requirements

  14. attach warning signs to vehicles that must not be moved as a result

    of identifying serious defects or where minor defects infringe transport


    Resolve problems which arise from inspecting vehicles, plant and

    associated equipment

  15. arrange with supervisor for defects to be rectified before vehicles

    are released for service

  16. advise your designated supervisor immediately when safety

    warnings or vehicle isolation measures are ignored by drivers or others

  17. inflate tyres to the correct operating pressure

  18. top up low fluid levels with the appropriate approved fluids and


  19. report to supervisor any defect with which you are unfamiliar

  20. re-supply any missing health, safety and welfare consumables in

    accordance with organisational requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:


  1. the different types of waste

  2. the potential hazards of waste

  3. how to identify work-related hazards and difficulties

  4. details of work schedules and working procedures

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


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



  7. organisational policies and why it is important to comply with them

  8. what information you are allowed to disclose to other people

    Inspection of vehicles

  9. the items that need to be checked for a specific vehicle and

    associated equipment

  10. the items which are essential for safety

  11. how to identify damage that would interfere with the safe and

    effective operation of the vehicle and associated equipment

    12 how to identify any items missing in the vehicles associated


  12. the operation of the vehicle

  13. the procedures for responding to unsafe situations and vehicles

    and associated equipment not capable of operating effectively

  14. the purpose of the inspection check list and how to use it to carry

    out and record daily checks

  15. the procedures for reporting inspections, damage, defects,


    and actions taken

  16. responsibility within the job role with regard to statutory


  17. the permitted maintenance or replacements which can be made

    within the job role


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 Service and other Associate Professionals, Public Services

SOC Code



Inspection; Vehicles; Waste; Management; Defects; Vehicle technician; Effective operation