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OverviewA course to provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the excavation, backfill and reinstatement of the highway. In accordance with the Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (3rd edition April 2010) and the Code of Practice for Safety at Street works and Road works 2002. Objectives By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Interpret utility plans for underground apparatus. Demonstrate competence in the use of pipe & cable location equipment Identify Underground Apparatus. Select and deploy suitable signing and guarding equipment Select, check and position portable traffic signals Identify the construction layers in footways and carriageways. Employ safe excavation techniques and support utility apparatus. Select, check and store excavated and imported materials for re-useLay and compact bituminous and non-bituminous reinstatement materials. Select and use suitable compaction equipmentSafely dispose of surplus materials

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SMSTS Site Manager Safety Training Scheme

Site ManagementHealth & Safety
POA

This 5 day course is accredited by CITB and is aimed at those managing or likely to manage construction sites. It is designed to provide candidates with the necessary knowledge of their legal, moral and social responsibilities in respect of health, safety and welfare on construction sites. The training is classroom based and candidates will be required to successfully complete a multi-choice test at the end of the course. Successful candidates receive a ConstructionSkills Site Safety Plus certificate which is widely accepted as the industry standard for site managers

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IOSH Managing Safely

IOSHHealth & Safety
POA

This four day training course provides delegates with the skills and knowledge to manage basic health and safety in the work place.

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Abrasive Wheels - Portable

8General SafetyHealth & Safety
75

This course gives the learner the skills and knowledge required to use portable abrasive wheels to cut a range of materials. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Identify and select cutting wheels suitable for various tasks. Safely fit and remove cutting wheels from machines. Carry out pre-use and safety checks of abrasive wheel machines. Use abrasive wheel machines to cut metal and concrete products. Select and use appropriate protective equipment. Carry out operations in accordance the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

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Asbestos Awareness

12AsbestosHealth & Safety
75

This training course is designed for those persons who are liable to disturb asbestos while carrying out their normal everyday work, or who may influence how work is carried out. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: List the different types of asbestos and their properties and uses. Describe typical locations, materials and products that may contain asbestos. Describe activities that could result in exposure to asbestos and safe systems, practices and protective equipment that may be employed to minimise exposure. Describe the health risks associated with asbestos. Explain the requirements of legislation with regard to asbestos. State the general procedures to deal with an emergency, e.g. an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace. Describe suitable hygiene and decontamination procedures required for those working with asbestosDescribe suitable arrangements for disposal of asbestos

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COSHH

12General SafetyHealth & Safety
95

This course provides the knowledge required to ensure that the Control of substances hazardous to health regulations can be met in the work place. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Describe the key requirements of the Control of substances hazardous to health regulations. List the diseases that can be contracted by coming into contact with hazardous substances. Describe the difference between inhalable and irrespirable dusts. Describe the symbols used to identify hazardous substances. Describe how hazardous substances can enter the human body. State the information required on a product data sheet. Carry out risk assessments in relation to the use of hazardous substance. Create safe systems of work we ensure risks from hazardous substances are controlled

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Fire Marshal

12Fire SafetyHealth & Safety
75

This short training course is designed for people with responsibilities in relation to fire prevention and emergency evacuation in the workplace. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Outline the legal requirements regarding fire safety in the workplace. Explain the chemistry of fire and how fire behaves within buildings. List the actions and priorities should fire occur. Recognise and describe the types of fire extinguishers available and explain their capabilities and limitations. Recognise and report fire hazards in the workplace. Explain the different fire classificationsList the types of information required by emergency services in the event of a fire. Use water and CO2 extinguishers to extinguish real firesCarry out evacuation procedures in the workplace.

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IOSH Working Safely

8IOSHHealth & Safety
135

The IOSH Working Safely course is designed to improve the safety culture within an organisation by giving individuals a good understanding of their health and safety responsibilities, and teaching them how to keep themselves and others safe at work. Introducing working safely. Defining hazard and risk. Identifying common hazards. Improving safety performance. Protecting our environment.

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Managing Work at Heights

12Working At HeightsHealth & Safety
95

This training course is designed for managers and supervisors who have responsibility for working at heights. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Outline the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Explain their responsibilities in relation to working at heights. Carry out a risk a assessment and identify safe systems of work. Identify equipment required to ensure activities can be undertaken safely. Carry out inspections of safety equipment before and during use. Complete all recording requirements relating to safe working heights.

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Manual Handling

12General SafetyHealth & Safety
75

This training course is designed for anyone whose job involves moving objects manually. It will provide the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Outline the obligations placed on both employers and employees by the manual handling regulations. Explain the common causes of back injuries. Apply the principles of good movement when handling common objects. Carry out on the spot risk assessments of handling tasks. Recognise their own limitations and situations where assistance is required. Describe simple handling aids available to avoid risk of injury.

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Risk Assessment

12General SafetyHealth & Safety
125

This training course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to enable the learner to carry out risk assessments in the workplace. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Explain the difference between a hazard and a risk. Explain the legal requirements relating to risk assessment. Describe the steps involved in carrying out a risk assessment. Evaluate the level of risk in a given situation. Describe the risk control hierarchy. Identify suitable risk control measures. Complete risk assessment documentation.

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Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme - SSSTS

20Site ManagementHealth & Safety
295

SSTS gives an introduction to health and safety, welfare and environmental issues for those requiring an understanding of their legal responsibilities relevant to their work activities. It will provide a sound knowledge base to enable learners to give valuable assistance in safely managing a construction site. By the end of this course learners will be able to: Understand the problems of the industry. Have an understanding of the structure of health and safety lay. Identify how their supervisory role fits in with the manager in controlling the site activities safely. Appreciate the requirements of risk assessments and understand the need for method statements. The importance of carrying out tool-box talks and safety briefings. Understand the meaning of re-active and pro-active monitoring and appreciate their need.

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The SMSTS Refresher course will provide learners with an understanding of their responsibilities and accountability for site safety, health and welfare and current health and safety legislation, including risk assessment. This course is designed to allow learners to maintain and update their current health and safety knowledge, providing a thorough overview of the legislative changes and their impact in the workplace. It builds on the material in the original course as well as introducing new subjects. By the end of this course you will: Have an improved awareness of recent development in construction, legislation and health, safety, welfare and environmental issues. Be able to identify measures that will assist the practical implementation of responsibilities established by new legislation and new working practices. Be aware of and able to implement all updated health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation that affects their role as a manager. Be aware of and able to implement new guidance and industry best practice. Be more aware of their duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare and the environment..

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This confined space training course provides learners with the practical knowledge and skills to carry out safe entry into a confined space and to deal with reasonably foreseeable risks. By the end of this confined space training course the participants will be able to:Confirm a Confined Space as low risk category. Validate the necessary permissions and controls for work at NC1 category of confined space. Use and interpret gas monitors and recognise hazardous atmospheres. Use and work to safe working procedures for given tasks at NC1 low risk confined spaces. Positively react to emergency situations.

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To provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to locate and trace underground apparatus such as water, electric and gas mains and service connections. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Demonstrate basic principles of electronic pipe location. Operate and use of inductive and conductive pipe locators. Interpret plans and records. Operate and use of non metallic pipe locators. Be able to maintain equipment. Describe safe working conditions and requirements relating to handling of tools and equipment.

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To provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to sign, light and guard street works and road works or to monitor signing, lighting and guarding of street works and road works in line with the Code of Practice. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: State the legal requirements. Describe types of works. Plan a signing lighting and guarding project. Demonstrate the basic principles of signing and guarding. Implement methods of traffic control. Test and operate portable traffic signals. Describe procedures for works near tramways and railways.

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EUSR National Water Hygiene

General SafetyHealth & Safety
POA

To provide an understanding of the need for good hygiene when working with potable water. This course is often referred to as blue card or NWHS. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: To ensure that all individuals are aware of the ways in which potable water could be contaminated. To ensure that individuals who work with potable water understand their responsibility not to allow the water to become polluted. To ensure that individuals reach a nationally agreed level of training, testing and medical clearance.

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Streetworks For Supervisors

Street WorksHealth & Safety
POA

Ladder Safety

10Working At HeightsHealth & Safety
75

A short training course for ladder users aiming to provide the skills and knowledge required to work with ladders safely. By the end of this course you will be able to:Assess and determine when it is appropriate to use ladders and stepladders.Assess the condition and suitability of ladders. Hazards affecting the use of ladders and stepladders. Correctly locate and safely use ladders and stepladders. Visually inspect ladders & stepladders for damage before and after use. Outline how Legislation affects work at height. Describe how to use Product standards and classifications for ladders and stepladders.

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This confined space training course is designed to provide learners with the practical knowledge and skills to carry out safe entry into high risk confined spaces and to deal with foreseeable risks. The course consists of 2 days of training followed by written and practical assessment on the third. By the end of this confined space training course the participants will be able to: Prepare to enter and work safely in high risk confined spaces. Enter and exit confined spaces safely. Prepare and use self-contained open circuit breathing apparatus in accordance with manufacturers specifications. Use equipment and tools safely and in accordance with manufacturers instructions. Follow procedures and work safely. Deal with emergencies. Use appropriate behavior for working in high risk confined spaces in the water industry. Use general knowledge for working in high risk confined spaces in the water industry. Apply water industry specific knowledge for working in high risk confined spaces in the water industry.

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This course provide the skills and knowledge necessary for those required to supervise and manage safety of excavations. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Describe the factors that can lead to trench collapse. Explain the effect ground movement can have on structures and underground services. Inspect support systems for safe condition. Describe methods of controlling ground water. Design safe systems of work for those working in and around excavations.

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240

This course provides the skills and knowledge necessary for those required to work in and around excavations. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Describe the factors that can lead to trench collapse. Explain the effect ground movement can have on structures and underground services. Describe methods of controlling ground water. Recognise situations that warrant trench support. Select appropriate methods and systems for support. Install trench support systems including hydraulic, timber, and steel systems safely. Remove trench support systems safely. Carry out safety inspections of support systems.

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Confined Space Entry - Medium Risk

10Confined SpacesHealth & Safety
POA

This confined space course provides the necessary skills and knowledge necessary to work in medium risk confined spaces. By the end of this confined space course the participants will be able to: Prepare to work in medium risk confined spaces. Safely enter and exit medium risk confined spaces. Prepare and use escape breathing apparatus. Use tools and equipment safely. Follow safe working procedures. Deal with emergency situations in medium risk confined spaces.

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NWH National Water Hygiene

General SafetyHealth & Safety
POA

To provide an understanding of the need for good hygiene when working with potable water. This course is often referred to as blue card or NWHS. By the end of this course the participants will be able to:To ensure that all individuals are aware of the ways in which potable water could be contaminated. To ensure that individuals who work with potable water understand their responsibility not to allow the water to become polluted. To ensure that individuals reach a nationally agreed level of training, testing and medical clearance.

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Excavation in the Highway

6Street WorksHealth & Safety
395

A course to provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the excavation of the highway. In accordance with the Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (3rd edition April 2010) and the Code of Practice for Safety at Street works and Road works 2002. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Interpret utility plans for underground apparatus. Demonstrate competence in the use of pipe & cable location equipment. Identify Underground Apparatus. Select and deploy suitable signing and guarding equipment. Select , check and position portable traffic signals. Identify the construction layers in footways and carriageways. Employ safe excavation techniques and support utility apparatus. Classify excavated and imported materials. Safely dispose of surplus materials.

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SHEA Gas

12Chemical and FuelIndustrial
135

This is a nationally recognised 1day course accredited by Energy and Utility Skills (EUS) to provide a consistent utility industry approach in line with HSE guidelines. Successful completion of the course will also allow candidates to be registered on the Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS) which is a mandatory requirement for those working on self lay mains and services schemes. Successful candidates are registered on the Energy & Utility Skills Register database and are issued with a CSCS affiliated photo card, which is required to be carried and used as proof of accreditation in the work place and will allow access for gas industry workers to enter construction sites. Regular courses for the Safety, Health and Environment Awareness SHEA Gas are scheduled throughout the year, please call to book.Module 1 Your responsibilities. Module 2 Risk assessment. Module 3 Workplace procedures. Module 4 AGI Working Environment. Module 5 Physical hazards. Module 6 Working In the Highway. Module 7 Physical hazards. Module 8 Excavations. Module 9 Hazards to health part 1. Module 10 Hazards to health part 2. Module 11 The environment.

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This confined space training is designed to provide learners with experience in confined spaces work with the practical knowledge and skills to carry out safe entry into a confined space and to deal with reasonably foreseeable risks. The course consists of 1 day of training followed by written and practical assessment on the second.

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SHEA Water

12General SafetyHealth & Safety
135

To provide learners with an appropriate level of awareness, knowledge and understanding of the health, safety and environmental issues relating to Water Network Operations. The course consists of seven core modules to all utility industries which cover health, safety and environmental law and practices specific to the water industry. A further three modules are required for operatives in either network construction or process operations.Module 1 You And The Law. Module 2 You and Hazards to Your Health. Module 3 Protecting You. Module 4 The Working Environment. Module 5 Our Environment. Module 6 Incident Procedures. Module 7 Equipment. Module 8 Network Health Issues (Network). Module 9 Working In the Highway (Network). Module 10 Excavations (Network). Module 11 Process Operations Health Issues (Process). Module 12 The Process Working Environment (Process). Module 13 Process Machinery and Equipment (Process).

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Cable Avoidance

8Street WorksHealth & Safety
POA

To provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to locate and trace underground apparatus such as water, electric and gas mains and service connections. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: Demonstrate basic principles of electronic pipe location. Operate and use of inductive and conductive pipe locators. Interpret plans and records. Operate and use of non metallic pipe locators. Be able to maintain equipment. Describe safe working conditions and requirements relating to handling of tools and equipment.

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Water Regulations Enforcement

10General SafetyHealth & Safety
750

This course provides the skills and knowledge for water industry operational staff to undertake inspections of plumbing systems for compliance with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. By the end of this course learners will be able to: Explain the legal standing of the water regulations. Describe the key objectives of the regulations. Recognise typical plumbing installations and arrangements. Identify contraventions of the regulations within plumbing systems. Specify remedial actions to correct contraventions. Explain fluid categories and the associated levels of risk. Recognise situations where potential for backflow exists. Specify backflow prevention arrangements for all categories of risk.

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Mains Commissioning

8General SafetyHealth & Safety
295

This course provides the skills and knowledge required to carry out hydrostatic pressuretesting activities on water distribution systems in accordance with BS EN 805:2000 / IGN 4-01-03 November 2015 and cleansing & disinfection of new mains in accordance with Principles of Water Supply Hygiene & Technical Guidance Notes. By the end of this course the participants will be able to: State the requirements of BS EN 805: 2000 / IGN 4-01-03 Issue 2. State the differences between pressure tests for rigid and elastomeric pipelines. Calculate and interpret test results for rigid & elastomeric pipelines. Disinfect new water mains in accordance with Principles of Water Supply Hygiene & Technical Guidance Notes. Cleanse new water mains in accordance with Principles of Water Supply Hygiene & Technical Guidance Notes. Measure Chlorine residuals and explain correct sampling procedures for new mains installations.

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National Water Hygiene Scheme

12General SafetyHealth & Safety
85

To provide an understanding of the need for good hygiene when working with potable water. This course is often referred to as blue card or NWHS.By the end of this course the participants will be able to: To ensure that all individuals are aware of the ways in which potable water could be contaminated. To ensure that individuals who work with potable water understand their responsibility not to allow the water to become polluted. To ensure that individuals reach a nationally agreed level of training, testing and medical clearance.

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As from April 2012 street works qualifications have to be re-assessed every 5 years. This event provides refresher training which prepares candidates to undertake their re-assessment tests. Successful completion of the assessments will result in the renewal of the qualification. The refresher training consists of a mix of trainer presentation, table top exercises using the specified reference materials and mock tests followed by the written exams relating to the units they currently hold. Each unit exam takes 30 minutes

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This course is for Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (NROs supervisory level).

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Abrasive Wheels - Portable and Bench Mounted

8General SafetyHealth & Safety
150

This course gives the learner the skills and knowledge required to select and mount and use abrasive wheels for portable, bench and pedestal grinders

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MeritSkills Ltd is an organisation which was created to provide cost effective, high quality training and development products for individuals and organisations, delivered by the best industry experienced staff.We offer a wide range of off-the shelf-products, whilst also specialising in development of solutions designed precisely to meet our clients specific requirements.The team at MeritSkills have many years experience in providing training and development to a wide range of customers in the water industry, ranging from multi million pound contracts to ad-hoc requirements. We aim to build on that experience to deliver an honest, cost effective, down to earth service to our customers.Our purpose built training centre is located on the outskirts of Peterborough in the village of Yaxley. Located within close proximity of the A1(M) and easily accessible from the A47 and A14.The training centre itself has 3 equipped training rooms which are suitable for both theory and practical training, two large outside areas for practical training and assessment, disabled access and facilities and plenty of on site car parking.

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