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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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