Transfer Non-Hazardous Syllabus [1 June 2016]

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Syllabus areas


Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:


1. Classifying Waste
  • Non Hazardous mirror entries
  • Waste Acceptance Criteria
  • Waste Hierarchy

1.1      Know how to determine if a mirror entry in the EWC is to be classified as non-hazardous or hazardous waste

1.2      Know how to apply the waste hierarchy to the management of any non-hazardous waste to be transferred for disposal or further treatment

1.3      Know how to comply with the Waste Acceptance Criteria for waste which is to be transferred to landfill

GOV.UK Classify different types of waste
GOV.UK Waste Acceptance at Landfill
GOV.UK Waste legislation and Regulations
DEFRA:  Waste Hierarchy Guidance
GOV.UK SR2015No4
GOV.UK SR2008 No1
2. Waste acceptance
  • Checks required on Waste Transfer Notes (WTN)
  • Non-compliant waste

2.1    Know how to manage wastes as they are received on site

2.2    Know the checks required before wastes can be accepted on site

2.3    Know how to handle waste streams which contain non-compliant waste and are to be rejected

2.4    Know who is responsible for describing and classifying waste

2.5    Know requirements for keeping an audit trail of wastes from pre-acceptance to removal off site and why it is important

GOV.UK – How to comply with your environmental permit.
GOV.UK Business and commercial waste – Duty of Care
GOV.UK SR2015No4
GOV.UK SR2008 No1
3. Site infrastructure requirements
  • Drainage
  • Containers
  • Secondary containment systems


3.1      Know the requirements for infrastructure on a transfer non-hazardous site

3.2      Know the requirements for containers used to store non-hazardous wastes

3.3      Know the storage requirements for liquids in secondary containment systems

3.4      Know the potential safeguards for managing the storage of combustible waste in order to prevent fire or to mitigate its effects

3.5      Know the information required regarding site drainage and its maintenance within a site management system

GOV.UK –How to comply with your environmental permit
Understanding permeable and impermeable surfaces: Technical report on surfacing options and cost benefit analysis
Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks: PPG 2 – August 2011 – Environment Agency
GOV.UK SR2015No4
GOV.UK SR2008 No1
GOV.UK Fire Prevention Plans
WISH: Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites


4. Incident and Accident Management
  • Causes
  • Prevention
  • Plans

4.1    Know the causes of incidents and accidents on a non-hazardous transfer site

4.2    Know how to prevent incidents and accidents on a non-hazardous transfer site

4.3    Know what to include in a formal accident management plan

4.4    Know actions an operator should take if staff or members of the public identify a potential area of non-compliance

GOV.UK How to comply with your environmental permit
GOV.UK SR2015No4
GOV.UK SR2008 No1
5. Health and Safety
  • Training needs



5.1.     Know how risk assessments can be used to identify training needs

5.2.     Know what training waste operatives working on non-hazardous transfer sites should have

5.3.     Know when health surveillance may be required for employees

HSE – Health and Safety Training: a brief guide (published 11/12)
HSE – Health and safety training in waste management and recycling (published 11/13)


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