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Membership Matters SAFETY FIRST Training priorities for the AD industry

ADBA has recognised the importance of training for all involved in the AD industry, not only to help improve the sector’s operational track record, but also to support its ongoing development, diversification and profitability. Carbon Clarity has therefore recently carried out a review of training needs on behalf of the association, seeking the views of a number of industry contacts, regulatory bodies and professional organisations.

Overall, an improved framework for promoting training was welcomed by those contacted. Helping operators comply with their legal obligations (in particular health and safety, and environmental permitting) was identified as a training priority, as was managing a stable optimised digester. As sites seek to diversify incoming feedstocks, the latter was viewed as particularly important.

The rapid growth in agricultural AD operations, whose activities generally fall outside of the environmental permitting regime, was also identified as an area that could usefully benefit from targeted training. Newly commissioned plants, in particular, will have significant training needs to help their staff gain the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies.

In general, the courses currently on offer by training providers tend to be aimed at managerial and technically competent employees, leaving a significant gap in training provision for site supervisors and operatives. Again, this is an area where more effective training courses could be developed and promoted.

By Dr Jane Gilbert, Carbon Clarity

ADBA has already gone a long way to help formalise training through its skills matrix (in conjunction with CIWM) and proposed training programme by the Training, Safety and Environmental Management Working Group. These provide a sound base from which to communicate training needs to external training providers. As a result of this work, a framework for training has been suggested, which ADBA will be reviewing over the next few months. We look forward to sharing more details with you in the near future. JUNE 2015 | AD & BIORESOURCES NEWS 41

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