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EUSR SHEA Water Passport – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long does the EUSR SHEA Water Passport Card last for?
A. For three years.

Q. What is the cost of a EUSR SHEA Water Passport Card?
A. The cost of the card is £30 (as of January 2016, prices rise form April 2016), the cost of the course varies according to the location and numbers.

Q. Where are the training courses held?
A. In Warrington, Cheshire at our premises or alternatively at your premises. Whatever suits your needs best.

Q. I have more questions, who should I contact?
A. Please send questions by email.

SHEA Water Safety Passport Course Content
Utility Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (Water)


This one-day course has been developed by the water industry with the aim of providing a uniform approach to health, safety and environmental awareness training across the utility sector. The training will be delivered by Peter Bradley, a former Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for United Utilities Рone of the largest water companies in the UK. He is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and also a qualified teacher with a Diploma In Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector from the University of Chester. He has extensive experience of training delivering courses for Costain, Jacobs, Siemens and many other construction and utility companies

Course Content

Your Responsibilities
Risk Assessment
Workplace Procedures
Physical Hazards (part 1)
Working in the Highway (for the water network or the sewerage network)
Physical Hazards (part 2)
Excavations (network specific)
Sewerage Network
Process Operations (process specific module)
Hazards to Health (part 1)
Hazards to Health (part 2)
Hygiene and Health
The Environment

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).
Briefly explain the costs associates with poor environmental management.
Describe the responsibilities of the Environment Agency (EA) and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Module 2 – Risk Assessment

Define hazards (potential to cause harm).
Define risk.
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 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which can be used.
Explain the need for PPE.
Explain the responsibilities of the employer to provide and maintain PPE.
State their responsibilities 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.
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.
Recognised 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.
State safe distances from overhead services at which 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 specific module)

To understand basic principles of working within the highway, e.g. signing, lighting & guarding.
State what checks should be carried out on a vehicle before traveling.
To be aware of the public concern and particular locations.
To understand safe access and egress 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 / power / water.
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 and describe the hazards associated with them.

Module 7 – Excavations – (network specific module)

To understand safe systems of work, e.g. site specific risk assessment and method statements as applied to excavation.
Location, identification and avoidance of underground services.
To understand safe digging techniques.
To be aware of the techniques used to prevent ground collapse.
Actions to be followed in case of damage to services.

Module 8 – Sewerage Network – (sewerage network specific module)

Describe the hazards associates with working on the waste water network.
To 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 9 – Process Operations – (process specific 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).
To 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 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.
Describe the considerations in order to use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) safely.

Module 12 – Hygiene & Health – (water specific module – all routes)

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.


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