Contribute to the sustainability, maintenance and preservation of the environment

URN: euswo29
Business Sectors (Suites): Waste Resource Operations Management
Developed by: Energy & Utility Skills
Approved on: 01 Nov 2017


This standard is designed to demonstrate competence in contributing to the protection of the environment. This includes taking steps to minimise harm to the environment and completing tasks and activities in a way which causes as little damage or disturbance as possible. This standard is for those who work where there is a potential to harm the

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ensure a risk assessment is in place prior to commencing work

    and that the potential impact on the environment is known and


    1. operate, maintain and store equipment and materials so as to

    minimise environmental damage

    1. seek to ensure minimal damage to the environment when

    carrying out all work activities

    1. ensure work is carried out in accordance with approved

    procedures and practices

    1. recognise any potential or actual environmental damage and take

    action in line with organisational and legislative requirements

    1. Communicate environmental protection measures to visitors to

    site to ensure that they comply with organisational requirements for the

    prevention of incidents

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

You need to know and 1 ways in which environmental damage can be prevented or minimised

in the work area

  1. the consequences of pollution

  2. how to recognise wastage of energy, equipment, and materials

  3. working methods that will minimise pollution and waste of


  4. types of damage which may occur, the impact these can have on

    the environment, and the corrective actions to be taken

  5. methods of waste and resource management which will minimise

    the risk to the environment


Equipment and materials

Recyclable materials, static and mobile plant

Environmental damage

Pollution, physical disturbance

Approved procedures and practices

Health, safety and environmental related to the individual and others,

organisational, regulatory, statutory, relevant company policies, risk


Appropriate action

Corrective action within the scope of responsibility, report to another


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





Links To Other NOS

External Links

Version Number


Indicative Review Date

01 Nov 2021





Originating Organisation

Energy & utility skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Public Services, Public Services and Care

SOC Code



Sustainability; Maintenance; Preservation; Environment; Waste; Recyclable materials; Pollution; Environmental damage