Winter Service Operations (Health & Safety Unit)

Duration: One day

Group Size: Maximum 8 learners

Who should attend: Experienced Staff - If you have experienced staff, they will need to attend a one day training and assessment programme for unit 680: Health and Safety. This is followed by an assessment day using a winter service vehicle appropriate to the category being assessed New or Inexperienced Staff - If you staff have little or no winter service experience, they will need to attend a one day training and assessment programme for unit 680: Health and Safety. This will be followed by a 1 day training programme using the vehicle that they will be required to operate for the assessment. Training is followed by an assessment day using a winter service vehicle appropriate to the category being assessed

Course aims: This award is aimed at Winter Service Operators and staff responsible for the direct supervision and operating of: • Highways Agency vehicles and snow blowers • National Assembly for Wales winter service vehicles and snow blowers • Local Authority vehicles and snow blowers • Supervisors responsible for the front line operations.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the training and assessment the learners will have an understanding of:

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work regulations
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations
  • Personal Protective Equipment regulations
  • Manual Handling regulations
  • Noise at Work regulations
  • First Aid at Work regulations
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences regulations
  • The Health & Safety (safety, signs and signals) regulations
  • Winter maintenance risk assessment
  • Working practices
  • Duties of driver and pre-start checks
  • Use of driver and pre-start checks
  • Use of de-icing materials on the highway
  • Emergency procedures
  • Snow ploughing
  • Loading plant
  • Vehicle familiarisation
  • Plough fitting - theory
  • Course Content: The qualification is divided into various categories of winter service vehicles. In order to qualify for the award, an operative must pass Unit 680: Health and Safety and at least one other unit. In order to qualify for the award, a supervisor must pass Unit 621: Winter Service Supervision and Monitoring.

    Certification: On successful completion of the required Certificate Pathway Routes (CPR’s) and when a certificate has been received, learners will be eligible to obtain a NEREO operative or supervisor’s registration card, endorsed with the category that the candidate has been successfully assessed for. All 6159 certificates issued and Registration cards will only be valid for 5 years from the date of successful completion of a full qualification

    NB: Learners who are qualified in a higher category vehicle are not automatically qualified to drive lower category vehicles. Learners should be assessed for each category of winter service vehicle they are expected to operate

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