The Utility Safety Health and Environment Awareness portfolio of schemes have been developed in conjunction with industry to provide a uniform approach to health, safety and environmental awareness training across the utilities sector, in line with Health and Safety Executive guidelines.
The water 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. A Utility SHEA (Water) card lasts for three years from the date of training.
Utility SHEA (Water) comprises of twelve modules. The seven core modules are common to all utility industries and form the basis of health, safety and environmental law and practices. There are six modules that are specific to the water industry of which three cover working on the network and three within process operations.
All trainees will complete the core modules, however dependent on job role, they may complete the additional Network or Process Operations modules only. It is designed to provide on-site evidence that an individual has demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge and awareness. It is a passport scheme and does not indicate any level of technical competence or skilled expertise.
How do I get an Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR) Card?
Registration is based on successful completion of a training course and assessment. Following training the EUSR approved trainer will apply to register the trainee. EUSR cards are issued within 28 days of receipt of the necessary completed paperwork and payment. Operatives are issued with a cover note following training to confirm completion of the training and assessment while they wait for their card to be issued. The training session is expected to last for approximately one working day and comprises a trainer led presentation and assessment. Trainees will be called upon to share their experiences and thoughts throughout, to build on the course material.
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.