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Environmental and sustainability issues


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge and skills of demolition-related environmental and sustainability issues.

Standard details

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge and skills of demolition-related environmental and sustainability issues.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • types of waste
  • environmental controls
  • environmental emergency
  • spill response simulation
  • waste management.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

The candidate pre-requisite for this course is CCDO demolition labourer.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • Successfully completed training to this standard 
  • At least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • A verifiable CV.


The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • e-learning
  • on site in a safe and supervised environment

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

Maximum 12 candidates per trainer for safety reasons.

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.


There is no requirement for training delivered against this standard to be formally assessed. However, for the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the Training Standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Non-mandatory refresher every 3 years

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 year(s) from approval date.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes
The candidate will be able to Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Describe types of waste created including:

  • solids, liquids, gases, dusts, noise, and visual


Describe environmental controls including:

  • planned, preventative, protective, testing, and notification


Describe environmental emergency preparedness including:

  • spill response, site contamination, water courses


Respond to a liquid spill using a spill response kit

Simulation using non-hazardous non-toxic liquids.

Describe waste management including:

  • waste segregation, disposal, labelling, hazardous waste
  • legislation, codes of practice, and standards (including COSHH and BREAAM)
  • offences and penalties relating to construction works

ISO 14000 family - Environmental management

Noise and nuisance FAQs from Environmental Law

Additional information about this standard

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guides


View relevant government legislation

  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HASWA) 1974
  • The Work at Height Regulations (WHR) 2005
  • Work at Height (Amended) 2007
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Regulations 2002
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations 1992
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) (1998 UK 1999 NI)
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015
  • Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 as amended 2002
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

British Standards

  • BS 6187:2011. Code of practice for full and partial demolition
  • BS 8437:2005 Code of practice for selection, use and maintenance of personal protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace