The Utility Safety, Health and Environment Awareness (SHEA) schemes have been established in conjunction with industry to provide a uniform approach to health, safety and environmental awareness training throughout the utilities area, to conform to Health and Safety Executive guidelines. The gas scheme is designed for anyone involved in the operational activities of the gas industry that require access to sites, both permanent and/or temporary, including all levels of operatives, supervisors and management.
There are twelve modules which make up the Utility SHEA (Gas) scheme. Eight are common to all utility industries and form the basis of health, safety and environmental law practices. These are the core modules. Four of the modules are specific to the gas industry and cover working on the network pressure and regulating installation and in both domestic and commercial properties. All trainees will complete the core modules and either or both the upstream and downstream modules, depending on their job role. The course is designed to give on-site evidence that an individual has shown an appropriate level of awareness and knowledge. It is a passport scheme and does not indicate any level of technical competence or skilled expertise.