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Utility Excavations – Category 2: Implement Safe (Digging) Excavating Practices

Certificate Aim

Category 2: Implement Safe (Digging) Excavating Practices as agreed by industry representatives,  defines the minimum training and assessment required for those working to safely excavate and maintain holes and trenches using both hand tools and hand-held power tools. The standard does not preclude employers and providers from adding to the standard in their own training programmes. The standard has been derived from the following National Occupational Standards:

  • EUSEPUS043 Carry out Excavation Work on Underground Cables in Electricity Power Environment
  • EUSMUNC07 Excavate and Maintain Holes and Trenches for Utility Networks Construction
  • EUSGNC007 Excavate and Maintain Holes and Trenches for Complex Operations in Gas Network Construction

It also incorporates the relevant requirements of HSE guidance documents:

  • HSG47 Avoiding Danger from Underground Services
  • HSG150 Health and Safety in Construction

Achievement of the standard demonstrates effective performance, by being able to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

  • Interpret utility drawings and identify symbols and coded information
  • Ensure all necessary location, marking and site safety provisions have been carried out correctly prior to any excavation work commencing
  • Identify the dangers and hazards associated with excavations
  • Select and use safe digging techniques to carry out and maintain excavations

CITB Short Course 

Energy & Utility Skills is a recognised Third Party Organisation (TPO) for CITB and the UK construction industry. This scheme is recognised by CITB for short course duration funding purposes and can be offered by ATOs. To find out more about CITB short course duration grants, click here.

No courses scheduled at this time – please contact our team to enquire about availability.