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Landspreading for Operators (SOMA Accredited)

*Summer 2023 Update: Please note this course is currently being redeveloped and more information will be available soon regarding the content, format, accreditation, fees and upcoming dates*

Course Outline

Accredited training for the SOMA (Spreading Organic Materials Assurance) Scheme.

This two day course is designed for operators/drivers working in the landspreading sector. The overall purpose of the training is to provide candidates with the skills and knowledge to safely spread waste to land within legislative requirements and with due regard for health and safety and environmental concerns. The course aims to ensure that all operators spreading to land are aware of the risks associated with spreading practices and understand the appropriate steps that can be taken to eliminate and minimise risks.

Candidates will obtain an understanding of the regulatory requirements governing their industry and governing their spreading activities. This will included an understanding of the rules to which they must comply, the environmental risks associated with their activities and how to mitigate against these and an awareness of the health and safety risks associated with their work both to them personally and the general public.

Delegate Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the risks associated with spreading different types of waste to land and the impact of these wastes on the wider environment if spread inappropriately.
  2. An understanding and awareness of the key regulations and guidance that impacts upon landspreading activities. Including the ability to correctly recognise and define no spread areas in fields.
  3. Candidates will appreciate the benefits and disadvantages of using different spreading techniques and have a better appreciation of the need for calibration, maintenance and correct machinery set up.
  4. Understand the procedure for dealing with and reporting a pollution incident to the Environment Agency.
  5. An awareness of Health and Safety issues associated with Landspreading activities.

If the delegates wishes to become a member of SOMA they will undertake an assessment at the end of the two days which if successfully passed will recognise that the operator/driver has reached a higher level of understanding in relation to landspreading, environmental protection and health and safety.

The course can attract BASIS CPD Points (the office must be notified in advance).

Course Costs

Price currently under review.

How do I book?

You can book by selecting the date and venue of your choice on the Fieldfare Course Diary or you can contact the office for a booking form.