Mechanically handle recyclable materials

URN: euswo43
Business Sectors (Suites): Waste Resource Operations Management
Developed by: Energy & Utility Skills
Approved on: 01 Nov 2017


This standard is for those who use mechanically operated machinery and equipment to move recyclable materials. It involves understanding the characteristics of the waste load, and the capabilities of the equipment used. It requires risks to be minimised throughout the

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Prepare to use mechanical handling equipment to load, unload and move recyclable


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

    practices and organisational and legal requirements

  2. select and use the designated personal protective equipment

    (PPE) in compliance with operational and legal requirements

  3. undertake daily checks and confirm the mechanical handling

    equipment and its attachments and accessories are working in

    accordance with operational and manufacturers procedures

  4. check to make sure regulations regarding lifting equipment and

    work equipment have been complied with, reporting instances of noncompliance

  5. ensure that risk assessments are available and follow all required

    control measures

    Load, move and unload recyclable materials using mechanical handling


  6. operate equipment in accordance with work instructions and

    organisational procedures

  7. comply with legal and organisational procedures

  8. ensure the equipment is operated within its safe working limit.

  9. operate mechanical handling equipment in a safe manner

  10. comply with operational and legal procedures and documents when

    handling recyclable materials

  11. ensure the equipment to be used is suitable for the

    characteristics of the recyclable materials

  12. ensure that the recyclable material is handled in a safe manner

  13. ensure the load being handled is stable at all times

  14. ensure the work area is free from obstructions at all times during


  15. monitor the work environment continuously to minimise risk

    Use and communicate data and information

  16. provide information to others to complete all documentation

    associated with the handling of the load.

  17. report situations where recyclable materials do not comply with


  18. report defects on equipment, and in the work area, when handling

    recyclable materials

    Resolve problems which arise from mechanically handling recyclable


  19. respond to emergencies and spillages in line with operational


  20. identify and resolve any discrepancies between the paperwork and

    the recyclable material before it is loaded or unloaded

  21. take steps immediately in accordance with operational procedures

    to ensure unsafe conditions are dealt with

  22. report immediately any unsafe conditions

  23. report to manager situations which are outside your job role


Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:


  1. the potential hazards associated with different recyclable materials

  2. how to identify work-related hazards and risks

  3. details of operational procedures and documentation

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


  5. the requirements of and how to use personal protective equipment

    (PPE) in line with operational procedures

  6. operational procedures and the importance of complying with them

  7. your job responsibility and when to report to managers

    Mechanical handling of recyclable materials

  8. where to find risk assessments

  9. the physical and handling characteristics of recyclable materials

  10. the techniques for handling loads

  11. how adverse conditions can affect the handling of loads

  12. the importance of assessing ground conditions in the loading area

  13. the dangers of vehicles and pedestrian traffic in the loading area

    and how to minimise risks by following operational procedures

  14. the potential for damage to buildings or other structures during the

    handling of loads

  15. how the potential for distortion or movement of the load can occur

    whilst handling

  16. the different techniques of maneuvering safely both loaded and


  17. the importance of documentation associated with the handling of a


  18. the responsibilities of the employer and employee handling

    recyclable materials


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, Public Services and Care

SOC Code



Mechanical; Mechanically; Waste; Handling; Equipment; Defects; Specialist equipment; Characteristics; Loads