The 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 telecommunications scheme is designed for all individuals involved in the operational activities of the telecommunications industry who require access to sites, both permanent and temporary, including all levels of operatives, supervisors and management. A SHEA Telecommunications card lasts for three years from the date of training.
SHEA Telecommunications comprises of seven modules. The six core modules are common to all utility industries and form the basis of health, safety and environmental law and practices. A further one module providing the telecommunications industry specific content, all individuals will need to complete all seven modules to receive the SHEA Telecommunications registration. It is designed to provide 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.
If you already have achieved SHEA registration on EUSR and need to achieve a registration against another SHEA scheme(s), then they may undertake a reduced programme of training and assessment which will enable you to 'convert' and add on an additional SHEA registration to your existing registration.
SHEA Conversion is open to individuals who would take a programme of conversion/make an additional registration for SHEA no later than 2 years from the date at which their initial SHEA achievement was registered on EUSR. Please note: the registration gained from the conversion route will expire 3 years (5 for SHEA Gas) after the initial programme.
The SHEA Telecommunications scheme is affiliated with the CSCS to allow telecommunications industry workers access to construction sites for purposes of utilities work without the need to complete a separate CSCS card.
The programme content and scheme specification have been developed through consultation with the telecommunications industry. Programme material is produced and managed by Energy & Utility Skills on the industry's behalf. The content is reviewed periodically and consists of six core modules and one specific to the telecommunications industry. All individuals will need to complete all seven modules to receive the SHEA Telecommunications registration. The programme may only be delivered by trainers approved by Energy & Utility Skills.
The programme will be delivered through the context of the telecommunications industry.
This module aims to familiarise individuals with the underpinning legal frameworks, definitions and their application in the workplace setting, including the responsibilities for both the individual (as employee) and their employer.
3. Understanding the effects of our work on the environment
This module aims to develop individuals' understanding of the key environmental considerations in the workplace, and their impact as employees, on the sustainability of their environment.
4. Identifying and controlling risks
This module helps individuals to identify and control risks and hazards, and understand their role in preventing them through a range of positive and proactive health and safety behaviours.
5. Common hazards in the workplace
This module develops the individual's ability to both identify a range of common physical hazards and minimise their impact in the workplace, in line with CSCS requirements.
6. Highway working and excavations (Telecommunications specific module)
This module provides the individual with an understanding of the processes and procedures required to work in the highway; this includes both public and private environments and creating a safe working environment through safe systems of work. The individual will know what to do in the case of an emergency.
7. Occupational health hazards
This module aims to explain the meaning of the term 'occupational health' and develop the individual's understanding of a range of occupational health hazards and their requirements. It helps individuals identify, mitigate for and minimise occupational health hazards in the workplace.
8. Responding to emergencies
This module develops individuals' understanding of emergency response behaviours, the role of reporting, inspection and enforcement of health & safety in the workplace. It also develops an individual's understanding of the impact on employee and employer of both poor/improving health and safety in the workplace.