Last week marked a significant milestone for Wastewise as the company successfully passed the audit for transitioning from version 4 to version 5 of the Competency Management System (CMS) developed by EU Skills. This accomplishment is not just a procedural update; it represents a significant shift in how Wastewise approaches compliance and competency in the waste management industry.
The CMS is an important framework in the waste management sector, providing a structured approach to managing and assessing the competencies of individuals and organisations in this field. The transition from CMS version 4 to version 5 is another step towards a more robust, comprehensive, and effective way of ensuring that Wastewise continues to meet the high standards required in waste management.
Historically, compliance in the waste management industry often relied on individuals holding a WAMITAB qualification—a widely recognised certification indicating expertise in waste management. The role of WAMITAB has been crucial in setting industry standards. Individuals holding a WAMITAB qualification were often seen as a benchmark for competency in waste management. These qualifications cover a wide range of areas within waste management, including operational, supervisory, and managerial roles. They ensure that workers understand not only the practical aspects of waste management but also the regulatory and environmental implications of their work.
However, with the transition to the CMS by organisations like Wastewise, there is a shift in how competency is measured and maintained within the industry. While WAMITAB qualifications remain important, the emphasis now also includes organisational responsibility. Under the CMS, companies are directly accountable for ensuring compliance with environmental permits and regulations, not just the individuals within the organisation.
Wastewise’s successful audit represents our forward-thinking approach to environmental responsibility and corporate governance in waste management. As the industry continues to evolve, our commitment to staying at the forefront of compliance and competency standards helps set a benchmark for others in the sector.
A special nod must be given to our dedicated Compliance Team, led by Stacey Allen, and the site teams that passed the inspection. Their hard work, expertise, and commitment played a crucial role in achieving this milestone.
For those interested in learning more about the CMS and its implications for the waste management industry, a wealth of information is available on the EU Skills website.