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Onsite Assessment Bolsters Technicustraining afvalwater

bitish water ter plaatse beoordeling

• British Water’s enhanced qualification includes live observation
• Certificate covers small packaged sewage plants up to 1,000 PE
• Electrical safety, confined spaces and SHEA required to complete course

An overhaul of British Water’s wastewater treatment technicians’ training means plant operatives will now undertake onsite assessment to complete the course. The requirement has been made more rigorous to raise standards and incorporate larger plant sizes, up to 1,000 population equivalent (PE).

Trainees voor de Britse waterzuiveringsinstallatie erkend door erkende technici kwalificaties worden nu op de werkplek bezocht door een beoordelaar. Kandidaten moeten blijk geven van bekwaamheid bij het uitvoeren van onderhoud aan septic tanks, biologische filtratie-installaties, roterende biologische contactors, installaties voor actief slib, ondergedompte cellenbetonfilters, biologisch beluchte overstroomde filters en gemalen, waarvan een van deze wordt beoordeeld door directe observatie.

Pre-requisites for certification are recognised qualifications in Electrical Safety and Working in Confined Spaces along with completion of EU Skills’ Safety Health & Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Water programme.

Mar Batista, technisch manager, British Water zegt, “There are a large number of small sewage treatment plants of differing designs, sizes and ages across the country. The UK’s environmental regulators are showing increasing concern about the potential pollution these plants could cause. The primary way of preventing pollution is to ensure plants are properly maintained and serviced.

“British Water’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Focus Group has been working on updates for 10 years and we are delighted to have agreement from all stakeholders. Technicians completing the course will have a thorough knowledge of the types, theory and operation of small sewage treatment plants.”

Craig Finbow, chief executive of Owls Hall Environmental, is vice-convenor of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Focus Group and chaired the technicians training working group. He said, “A lot of hard work has gone into developing the new training for wastewater treatment technicians. This is an important milestone in raising the bar on service and maintenance across the UK.”

Daryll Garavan, training manager – confined spaces, water and environmental at Develop Training said, “Expanding the training requirement for wastewater treatment plant operatives will reduce the risk of health & safety and pollution incidents. We are looking forward to putting our first trainees through the new course.”

Naar schatting zullen 400-mensen zich moeten omscholen wanneer hun huidige accreditatie verloopt en nieuwe rekruten de cursus meteen zullen volgen. Mar Batista zegt dat zelfs voor diegenen die in de industrie werken, maar niet dagelijks onderhoud plegen, het volgen van de onderwezen cursus hen zal helpen de problemen van de industrie beter te begrijpen.

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