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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Prepare to operate waste processing plant.
  2. Conduct pre-operational checks.
  3. Start-up, use and shut-down processing plant
  4. Finalise processing plant operation.

Range Statement

This section specifies work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below.

Work specificationsmust include at least five of the following:

equipment and PPE requirements

personnel requirements

plant operation requirements

potential hazards and risks

reporting requirements

site requirements

waste types to be processed

work schedules.

Relevant personnel must include at least one of the following:


supervisor or team leader

team member.

Compliance requirements must include:

commonwealth, state and territory legislation relating to waste processing plant operation, including:

environmental protection

hazardous substances and dangerous goods

industry codes

work health and safety

licensing requirements.

Pre-start visual checks must include checks for:


component wear




potential hazards.

Basic maintenance checks must include checks on at least five of the following:




oil seals



Safety structures and controls must include at least five of the following:


automatic plant shut-down buttons


cords and lanyards

earth leakage devices


isolation and lock-out or tag-out procedures.

Performance Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy the requirements of the elements, performance criteria, foundation skills and range of conditions of this unit. The person must operate a waste processing plant on two separate occasions.

While operating above waste processing plant, the person must:

prepare for the plant operation by interpreting work specifications and organising the required equipment, materials and personnel

follow organisational procedures to work safely and comply with regulatory and legal requirements

follow manufacturer specifications to:

conduct pre-operational checks of the processing plant to confirm correct function and operation, including:

pre-start visual checks, as specified in the range of conditions

basic maintenance checks, as specified in the range of conditions

checks of safety structures and controls, as specified in the range of conditions

clean the plant and equipment

start-up, shut-down and isolate the processing plant

identify and report non-conforming equipment and problems relating to the plant operation

identify and segregate waste types including regulated and non-conforming waste and valuable resources in waste

monitor plant operation and make necessary adjustments for optimal operation.

Knowledge Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must demonstrate knowledge of:

equipment and materials which may be required to operate, clean and maintain waste processing plant

organisational policies and procedures and regulatory and legal requirements relating to operating waste processing plant

hazards and risks associated with waste processing

industry-accepted signalling techniques

key features of the waste management hierarchy

procedures for optimal waste processing plant operation and faults which may affect operation

procedures used to start-up, shut-down, isolate, maintain and clean waste processing plant

types and purpose of safety structures and controls on waste processing plant, as specified in the range of conditions

types, streams and characteristics of waste including hazardous and dangerous waste

waste disposal and recovery routes

waste non-conformances and contaminants.