ROLO Health and Safety


East Midlands Training Services is pleased to announce that it is now a registered training provider for the Landbased Industry Skills Scheme (LISS).


*Note Landbased includes the following industry sectors:

·         Landscape Construction & Horticultural Landscape Maintenance

·         Arboriculture

·         Pesticides

·         Ecology and Environmental Management

 ·         Amenity

The Department of Trade & Industry made it a ‘duty of care’ that all trade bodies ensure that their members were adequately trained in Health & Safety and that all employers should show that personnel are properly trained. 

The ROLO Scheme (Registration of Land based Operatives) is open to anyone who works in the Land based Industry. This includes labour only, self-employed and employees of companies. On completion of a One day Land based Health & Safety Course, a card (including photograph) would be issued to the applicant, similar to a credit card. This is issued to an individual and will be valid for 5 years. Any other relevant training, i.e. NPTC Pesticide, chain saw, ride on mowers etc would also be acknowledged on the card.

The aims of the scheme are:

·         Provide a means of identification

·         Keeping a record of workers in the landbased industry who have achieved a recognized level of competence

·         Raise the standards of Health and Safety to reduce the risks and accidents throughout the industry

·         Encourage employers to use only ROLO card holders who have accredited Health and Safety Training.

The National Highways Sector Scheme 18 (NHSS18) is the customised management system for landscaping and the environment (including ecology) and will be mandatory for all contractors working for the Highways Agency. From 1st May 2009, new contracts will only be awarded to those who have SSD18 accreditation.

NHSS18 reflects requirements embodied in EN ISO9001:2008 Quality Management system with specific relevance to landscape construction and maintenance, arboriculture, environmental management and pesticide application.

The scheme aims to ensure that companies working on roads have a trained and competent workforce. Sector Schemes are designed to provide an industry benchmark, ensuring all processes are planned, and demonstrate continually improving standards, promoting confidence in quality management systems by provision of a robust transparent system.

The ROLO scheme is an individual registration card, and provides the card holder with the following benefits:

·         Recognition of skills, competence and qualifications

·         Improved health and safety awareness

·         Improved employment prospects

·         Identification of training needs to improve or add to existing skills

·         Improved employment prospects as your prospective employer will be able to see your qualifications on one card

·         It may reduce insurance premiums for the self-employed

Blue Skilled Card:

There are two routes of entry for Blue Skills Cards.

·         Completion of a NVQ level 2 within the past 5 years – evidence of pass certificate is required. If the applicant completed their NVQ over two years ago, they are required to undertake a ROLO health and safety course. This is also applicable for renewals.

·         Attendance of a ROLO health and safety course

The ROLO health and safety course is a one day (7 hours) approved health and safety awareness course. The course is required to have been completed less than 2 years before application.

East Midlands Training Services now offer ROLO Health and Safety training.

This course is suitable for personnel employed in the landscaping and grounds maintenance industries.

Course content:

·         Why & how accidents happen

·         Relevant legislation

·         RIDDOR

·         Control measures, including risk assessments & method statements

·         Regulations including working at height; noise; vibration; manual handling; PUWER; COSHH; Electricity; CDM

·         Underground & overhead services

·         PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

·         LOLER

·         Fire safety

·         Lone working

·         Environmental awareness & protection

Assessment – multi-choice examination, the pass mark is 75%


At the end of the course, students will:

·         Have an understanding of Health and Safety Legislation

·         Be able to apply the legislation to their workplace

·         Recognise site hazards they may encounter at work and the control measures that may prevent injury

·         Understand the health hazards they may be exposed to at work

·         Identify sources of other information Understand the impact of their work activities on the environment

Course Cost:

£100.00 / person maximum of 12 candidates on each course.  Mileage may be chargeable if less than 3 on a course