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SHEA Water

Course Unit: SHEA Water

Course Duration 1 Day


This is a nationally recognised 1 day course accredited by Energy and Utility Skills (EUS) to provide a consistent utility industry approach in line with HSE guidelines.  The course content and delivery specification has been developed through consultation with the Water industry.  This course is delivered by trainers approved by EUSR.

The course consists of eight core modules and five specific to the water industry. All core modules and the Hygiene & Health module must be completed, along with one or a combination of the Network, Sewerage Network or Process operation modules as required by the trainee.

Regular courses for the Safety, Health and Environment Awareness SHEA Water are scheduled throughout the year, please call to book.


Module 1 – Your Responsibilities

  • State the duties of their employer under the Health & Safety at Work etc. act (1974) not to allow injury to occur to their employees and other persons.
  • Explain requirements for instruction, information and training.
  • State their duties under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) not to harm themselves or other persons.
  • Describe the role and powers of HSE inspectors.
  • State the principles followed in the Construction, Design & Management Regulations (2007) (CDM).
  • Explain the role of a Safety Policy and a Safety Management System.
  • Briefly explain the costs associates with poor environmental management.
  • Describe the responsibilities of the Environmental Agency and Scottish Environmental Agency.

Module 2 – Risk Assessment

  • Define hazards (potential to cause harm).
  • Define risks.
  • Describe the 5 step approach to risk assessment.
  • State hazards associated with people, equipment, materials, working environment and natural environment.
  • Describe appropriate control measures.
  • Describe the principles behind risk reduction methods including the hierarchy of control, using ‘real world’ examples.
  • State types of PPE which can be used.
  • Explain the need for PPE.
  • Explain the responsibilities of the employer to provide and maintain PPE.
  • State their responsibility to wear, maintain and store PPE.
  • Explain how PPE is selected.

Module 3 – Workplace Procedures

  • State hazards associated with access and egress to place of work e.g. falls from height, slips, trips etc.
  • State the reasons for good housekeeping.
  • Explain signage used in the working environment.
  • Describe the welfare provision required.
  • Define the terms: ‘hazard’, ‘near miss’ and ‘accident’.
  • Explain the required reporting processes for near miss, accidents, work related illnesses and dangerous occurrences.
  • Explain why all accidents should be reported, however minor.
  • State general emergency procedures e.g. fire evacuation and first aid.
  • Explain the need to assist in any investigations.
  • Recognise extinguisher types and their correct use.

Module 4 – Physical Hazards (Part 1)

  • State the responsibilities of employers and employees under the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).
  • Describe the use of appropriate safety equipment e.g. lifting aids.
  • State basic checks required prior to operating portable electrical tools.
  • State the risks from transport.
  • Describe how to ensure the mobile plant is operated safely.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the need for plant inspections.
  • State the need for specific plant training.
  • State the basic conditions required to be met in order to comply with the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) (1998).
  • State the basic principles applied within working at height regulations.
  • Describe how ladders are used safely.
  • Describe the need to maintain safe distances from overhead services at which vehicle, plant and equipment can be used safely and the requirements if it is necessary to work closer.
  • State the requirements when working in the vicinity of a railway.

Module 5 – Working in the Highway (Network / Sewerage Network Additional Module)

  • Understand basic principles of working within the highway, e.g. signing, lighting & guarding.
  • State what checks should be carried out on a vehicle before travelling.
  • State the considerations for working in the vicinity of the public and particular locations.
  • Understand safe egress and access to and from network sites, e.g. plant and delivery movements

Module 6 – Physical Hazards (Part 2)

  • Describe hazards associated with excavations.
  • Explain the hazards of working with gas / water / electricity.
  • Describe why markers alone may not be an accurate indicator of the position of underground services.
  • Describe how to locate underground services safely.
  • Explain why all excavations must be made safe from collapse.
  • State the requirements for impaction of supported excavations under CDM regulations.
  • Define a confined space.
  • Describe the hazards associated with confined space.
  • Explain who can enter a confined space.

Module 7 – Excavations (Network Additional Module)

  • Understand safe systems of work, e.g. site specific risk assessment and method statements as applied to excavation.
  • State the requirements for the location, identification and avoidance of underground services.
  • Understand safe digging techniques.
  • Be aware of the techniques used to prevent ground collapse.
  • Actions to be followed in case of damage to services.

Module 8 – Process Operations (Process Additional Module)

  • Describe the types of hazards associated with clean and waste water treatment, and the measures that can be taken to avoid harm.
  • Be aware of the risks on shared site activities (contractors working on company sites).
  • Understand safe access and egress in relation to process sites, e.g. plant and delivery movements, working at heights, above deep water.
  • Understand the risks associated with lone working and personal security.
  • Other site services & risks that influence process operations, e.g. overhead / underground cables, explosive / toxic piped gas.
  • How to respond to emergency situations, e.g. chlorine leak.
  • Identify machinery which could cause injury, e.g. entanglement, amputation and burns.

Module 9 – Sewerage Network (Sewerage Network Additional Module)

  • Describe the hazards associates with working on the waste water network.
  • Understand the specific manual handling requirements, e.g. manhole lifting, valve turning.
  • Understand safe practice for entering manholes.
  • Describe the considerations which must be taken when using breathing apparatus and escape sets.
  • State the hazards associated with high pressure water jetting.

Module 10 – Hazards to Health (Part 1)

  • Explain the considerations prior to moving a load.
  • Describe the potential effects of noise.
  • State the level of noise at which hearing protection must be made available and at which it must be worn.
  • State causes of Hand Arm Vibration.
  • Describe signs and effects of Hand Arm Vibration and how it can be prevented.
  • State causes of Whole Body Vibration and how the risk can be minimised.

Module 11 – Hazards to Health (Part 2)

  • State appropriate risk assessments regarding COSHH.
  • Describe potential effects of health on hazardous substances.
  • State types of biohazards.
  • State risk areas for leptospirosis and describe how to minimise the hazards associated with it.
  • State risk areas for hypodermic needles and describe how to minimise the hazards associated with them.
  • Explain the role of Occupational Health.
  • Describe examples of physical, chemical and biological hazards that can affect the employee’s health and safety.
  • State personal responsibilities to maintain personal health and safety e.g. awareness of occupational stress.

Module 12 – Hygiene and Health (Mandatory Additional Unit Module)

  • Understand the need for hygiene awareness e.g. infections, dermatitis.
  • Understand the need for good hygiene practices e.g. clothes, vehicles, pipes and hand cleaning.
  • Explain what considerations must be taken when working on restricted operations.
  • State the dangers associated with working in direct sunlight.

Module 13 – The Environment

  • Describe key environmental considerations.
  • Explain how your activities can affect the environment.
  • Describe potential causes of environmental damage.
  • State and give examples of different types of waste.
  • State the waste hierarchy.
  • Explain how to store waste safely.
  • Explain why waste should not be disposed of in water courses or burned.
  • State high risk areas for hazardous materials.
  • Describe the procedure for dealing with an emergency spillage.
  • Explain reporting requirements for environmental incidents.


The course entails training towards eight core modules common to all utility industries followed by five further Water industry specific modules for operatives involved in Network operations. Each module culminates with a multi choice test.

Pre Course Requirements


Who Should Attend?

The gas scheme is designed for all persons involved in the operational activities of the Water industry who require access to sites, both permanent and temporary, including all levels of operatives, supervisors and management.

The Utility SHEA (Water) scheme is affiliated with the Construction Skills Certification (CSCS) scheme to allow water industry workers access to construction sites for purposes of utilities work without the need to complete a separate CSCS card.

Course Numbers

Maximum 12 learners.