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Waste Industry (2): Compliance and Planning

Establish a basis for effective waste and resource management, and gain a variety of skills including investigations and identification of appropriate legislation.


The Scottish Waste Industry Training, Competency, and Health & Safety (SWITCH) identified a need for training courses for operatives in the waste and resource sector. 

This course was designed to give operatives the knowledge and skills required to manage health, safety, and the environment in the workplace. 


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This course establishes a basis for effective waste management begins with an understanding of the framework within which a business operates. 

This leads to the business itself and the responsibilities on both employer and employee to maintain standards such as fit and competent persons and compliance with all regulations.  An overview of working plans, including a practical session, will be given.  

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) role, including reporting requirements and what to expect during an inspection will be presented.  In addition, this course will give students an understanding of pollution control and how to minimise pollution from various sites.


By the end of this course, individuals will be able to:

  • Identify how to become a fit and competent person using the technically competent criteria.
  • Communicate waste issues through the use of site working plans.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the enforcement of legislation and the functions of regulatory agencies.
  • Show a clear understanding of the principles associated with pollution control from a variety of sites.

This is an SCQF Level 8 course and upon successful completion, individuals will be awarded 20 credits, and will also receive a certificate highlighting their participation in the course. 


Target audience

This course is well suited to anyone working as an operative at supervisory level, in the resource and waste sector.  There are no pre-requisites for this course, but it is recommended that individuals have successfully completed the Waste Industry (1): Legislation and Licensing course.


Delivery and assessment 

This course will be delivered face-to-face at our Lanarkshire campus. It will be delivered biweekly over 12 weeks, 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. Exact timetable to be confirmed.

By way of assessment, participants will be continuously assessed, and are required to complete two written reports and complete a class test.  Further detail on assessment methods will be made available to participants when the course begins. 



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some individuals. Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.


Contact us

Any questions relating to course content should be directed to Jan Miller (   All general inquiries should be directed to


NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

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