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New "radical" approach for waste technical competence

A new competence management system has been developed by the waste management industry to allow operators to meet their operator requirements under the environmental permitting legislation (2008).


The CMS scheme been formed by the Energy & Utility Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the gas, power and waste management industries and, trade body, the Environmental Services Association.


The purpose of the scheme is to provide waste management operators with a means of demonstrating technically competent management of activities - the appropriate training and skills to carry out work in the workplace. It will look at both corporate competence and employees individual competence.


Operators will define their competence requirements based on site operations and business requirements. The scheme complements and can be embedded in established management systems, but for those operators without existing management systems it can be implemented as a stand-alone scheme.


The Environmental Permitting Regulations came into force in England and Wales on 6 April 2008. To obtain a permit to operate under the EP regime, the waste management operator has to demonstrate technical competence through a scheme approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Welsh Assembly Government.


EU Skills chief executive Tim Balcon said: The CMS scheme gives waste management companies a choice when demonstrating competence. It is a radical change welcomed by the industry and I believe that the partnership approach that has been taken to develop this new scheme ensures that this scheme fits precisely with the needs of the industry.


ESA chief executive Dirk Hazell said: Our members have waited many years for a competence scheme that is more applicable to the modern waste management industry and which relies heavily on corporate governance and sophisticated environmental and safety management systems.

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