Waste management awareness

Waste management awareness – overview

This course is aimed at raising awareness within an organisation of the legislation and responsibilities for waste management. Following this programme an organisation will be in a position to ensure compliance with relevant waste management legislation and to identify potential business efficiencies through improved waste management. The agenda can be modified to meet an organisation’s specific requirements.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

This course will give participants an awareness of:

  • General environmental legislation
  • Specific waste-related legislation, including the requirements of the Duty of Care legislation
  • Types of waste
  • Consignment notes – legal requirements and best practice
  • Waste exemptions – what they are and how to register
  • Duty of Care audits
Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for anyone involved in the procurement or management of waste management contracts or for managing waste within their organisation. It is equally appropriate to those with no prior knowledge of the Regulations and those looking for a refresher on current best practice.

Course format

A one-day programme using a mixture of formal tuition, structured exercises and discussion to allow participants to explore practical examples and consider best practice.

Special features

This programme can be made yet more beneficial by tailoring it your organisation’s specific circumstances. What do the regulations mean to your organisation? What changes are needed to systems and procedures? The trainer can spend half a day with you to tailor the programme to ensure that it is focused entirely on the needs of your particular organisation, for maximum benefit and value.

Expert trainer

David is a Director of a long established environmental health and safety consultancy and continues to be a practising EHS Consultant. David has a long relationship with the waste industry including management of large landfill sites and quarries. He is a full member of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management and teaches on a number of CIWM courses. His client list over the last five years has included such organisations as Visa Europe (UK and European offices), Ordnance Survey, Connaught Compliance Training, Rapid Results College (RRC), a variety of local authorities and a range of SMEs across the country. David regularly delivers IOSH, IEMA and NEBOSH approved courses throughout the UK and internationally and is an approved trainer with the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.

David has over 15 years’ experience in environmental, health and safety management and training. He has significant operational experience within waste management, having run one of the largest landfill sites in Western Europe where he was responsible for ensuring compliance with all relevant Health, Safety and Environmental Legislation. As Operations Manager, he was instrumental in the site being awarded a four star award under the British Safety Council Five Star scheme and as Site Manager went on to achieve the five star level of the award. As an Environment Health and Safety Manager with one of the UK’s largest cement manufacturing companies David was responsible for ensuring that Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work were not only written but fully implemented. This involved working closely with operational managers and staff to ensure that these documents were suitable, sufficient, practical and workable. By implementing and operating an effective auditing programme David ensured that the principle of continuous improvement enshrined in ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 was integrated fully into the operational activities of the organisation.

As Head of Environmental Protection Training for the Ministry of Defence, David was responsible for managing a team training up to 6,500 students a year at locations around the UK and abroad with students being drawn from Army, Navy, RAF and civilian backgrounds. The subjects ranged from an introduction to environmental management to waste management and EMS Auditing. Many of these courses were accredited by the IEMA. David has implemented Management Systems to both ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 from both an operational and an EHS Manager’s perspective. David graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Environment Management from Cranfield University and is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with the Society for the Environment, a Chartered Waste Manager with Chartered Institution for Waste Management (MCIWM), a member of IOSH at GradIOSH level and a member of IEMA (MIEMA). He is a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the IEMA as well as a member of the Health and Safety Special Interest Group within CIWM. He is registered with the IEMA as an Associate Environmental Auditor.


Waste management awareness – course outline

1 Introduction

  • What is waste?
  • Why does it need to be managed?

2 Overview of environmental law and liabilities

  • Criminal and civil law
  • Liability
  • Enforcement and prosecution

3 Specific waste-related legislation

  • Framework of relevant legislation
    • – Environmental Protection Act 1990
    • – Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 (as amended)
    • – Duty of Care Regulations 1991 (as amended)
    • – Control of Pollution (oil storage) Regulations 2001
    • – Waste Regulations 2011
    • – Producer responsibility obligations (Packaging waste) Regulations 2007
    • – Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 (as amended)
    • – Water Industry Act 1990 (as amended by Water Act 2003

4 Types of waste

  • Inert
  • Non-hazardous
  • Hazardous
  • Clinical

5 Consignment notes

  • Legal requirements and best practice in the use of consignment notes

6 Waste exemptions

  • What are waste exemptions?
  • When they can be used
  • How to register an exemption

7 Duty of Care audits

  • What is meant by Duty of Care in relation to waste?
  • Practical measures to ensure compliance with legislation and ensure your waste is correctly treated

8 Questions, discussion and review