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ISWA Study Tour on Collection, Sorting and Recycling taking place in Austria from 22 - 26 Sept. 2014

ISWA Study Tour
on Collection, Sorting and Recycling

ISWA Study Tour on Collection, Sorting and Recycling taking place in Austria from 22 - 26 September 2014. The ISWA Study Tour will give an insight into Collection, Sorting and Recycling techniques through a smart combination of seminars on theory and site visits showcasing state of the art practices. Participants will get a theoretical introduction in to the scientific and legal needs, opportunities and possible realisation implementation of collection, sorting and recycling of commercial and municipal solid waste.

The technical tours will provide a chance to see different world-leading treatment facilities for materials in operation such as for biological waste, glass, different plastics, metals, electrical & electronic equipment and hazardous waste. A highlight will be the visit to a publicly owned ReUse-company. At the sites the facilities can be studied and discussed directly with the operators.
Participants will be guided by waste management experts during the whole tour. Walter Hauer is a highly experienced scientific and operational expert, who looks forward to lively discussions and ideas for implementing improvement of collection, sorting and recycling techniques and operations.

The registration fee covers all transfers, catering and accommodation in Vienna and the picturesque Danube valley. Also included is the Study-Tour-Handbook to read up on when you return back home. For more information: iswa.org

Developing an EU standardised approach to Vocational Qualifications in Healthcare Waste Management

ISWA - PARTNER IN THE EUROPEAN PROJECT EU - HCWM

"Developing an EU standardised approach to Vocational Qualifications in Healthcare Waste Management", the EU - HCWM project has been funded in the framework of Lifelong Learning Programme under the LEONARDO DA VINCI action: Multilateral Networks (Project reference no: 541982-LLP-1-2013-1-UK-LEONARDO-LNW).

The EUHCWM project aims to provide a unified approach to the development of a Vocational Educational Training Programme for Healthcare Waste Management across EU Member States, through the development of a new healthcare waste management qualification framework, training package and e-learning platform.

What is the Project all about?

The purpose of the project is to provide a unified approach to the development of National Occupational Standards and Vocational Educational Training Programmes for Healthcare Waste Management across the EU Member States. The methodology and the outputs should reflect best practices and best available technologies for the management and treatment of healthcare wastes.
Healthcare waste management is a dynamic field of the waste sector and technology applications have radically changed over the past decades. We have become more aware of the risks posed by healthcare waste in terms of infection control and broader environmental impacts from incineration in low level technical units.

This is an opportunity to improve the skills of the existing labour force and to bring new employees into the industry with the appropriate skills set to perform the duties of a modern healthcare waste manager.
As a result of the project outputs it will be possible to provide an EU labour force in the sector with a set of skills regardless of the member state in which they undertook the vocational training programme. This will ensure that future healthcare waste managers will have genuine EU educational currency and therefore enabling greater mobility within the EU for this specific labour force. In addition this approach to National Occupational Standards and Vocational Educational Training will give employers confidence that candidate selection for healthcare waste management posts is based on benchmarked healthcare waste management vocational training awards facilitating selection between candidates.

As a consequence of this new approach to healthcare waste management training the risks associated with healthcare waste management to employees of the healthcare providers will be reduced significantly. Employees will be better protected as a result of a higher awareness to the risks and the measures needed to negate those risks. Lastly the new approach will bring economic advantages to healthcare providers in these difficult financial times as good waste management practice reduces the direct cost of the waste management function through minimising the production of hazardous waste. Through implementing effective segregation at source the hidden costs of treating hospital acquired infections, personal injury to staff and the associated lost time through staff absence is reduced as a consequence.

The key outputs of the project are:

  •   An assessment of the current VET availability across the EU countries, represented by the partner countries.
  •   Assessment of the core skills requirements for the role of healthcare waste managers.
  •   The development of a standardised EU vocational training programme for healthcare waste managers.
  •   The development of associated training materials to underpin the training programme.
  •   The development of an e-learning platform to facilitate the remote delivery of the training programme.
  •   An EU wide network of healthcare waste management professionals will be established.

International Centre for the Environment, Resource Management & Sustainability Ltd (ICERMS), is the lead partner on the project and as such will be largely responsible for the administration and finance management of the project as well as some key tasks including website design, newsletter production and quality management.

ICERMS is a Scottish Qualification Authority and Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board registered and approved Vocational Training Centre for the Waste Management Industry in the UK. In addition the Centre delivers vocational training programmes which are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in regard to Healthcare Wastes Management and Treatment.
International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is a partner of the project because ISWA members includes stakeholders representing both healthcare waste managers and healthcare providers as well as a strong representation from vocational education training.

More information are available on:  hcwm.eu .

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