This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge to safely and effectively use a range of tools and equipment used in steelfixing on construction projects, which includes working with others and as a member of a team.
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Plan and prepare.
1.1. Work instructions, including plans, specifications, quality requirements and operational details are obtained from relevant information, confirmed and applied to the scope of work performed.
1.2. Safety (OHS) requirements are followed in accordance with safety plans and policies.
1.3. Signage and barricade requirements are identified and implemented.
1.4. Materials quantity requirements are calculated in accordance with plans, specifications.
1.5. Materials appropriate to the work application are identified, obtained, prepared, safely handled and located ready for use.
1.6. Environmental requirements are identified for the project in accordance with environmental plans and statutory and legislative authority obligations and applied.
2. Identify hand and power tools.
2.1. Hand and power tools and their functions, operations and limitations are identified.
2.2. OHS requirements for using hand tools are recognised and adhered to.
2.3. OHS requirements for using power tools are recognised and adhered to.
3. Select tools for project.
3.1. Tools and equipment are selected consistent with job requirements.
3.2. Tools, including leads and hoses, are checked for tags, serviceability and safety, and any faults are rectified or reported.
3.3. Power tools guards, retaining bolts, couplings, gauges and controls are checked and maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
3.4. Equipment to hold or support material during operation is selected.
3.5. Pre-operational checks, including lubricants, hydraulic fluid and water, are completed according to manufacturer recommendations.
4. Use tools.
4.1. Power and compressed air supply are connected to work area.
4.2. Start-up and shut-down procedures are followed.
4.3. Tools are safely and effectively used according to manufacturer recommendations and OHS requirements.
4.4. Tools are safely located when not in immediate use.
5. Select plant and equipment.
5.1. Function and limitations of plant and equipment used in steelfixing are identified.
5.2. Plant and equipment are selected consistent with hazard minimisation and needs of job.
5.3. Method of operation of plant and equipment is identified.
5.4. OHS requirements for operating and using plant and equipment are recognised and adhered to.
5.5. Plant and equipment are checked for safety and faults are rectified or reported.
6. Use plant and equipment.
6.1. Plant and equipment are safely and effectively used.
6.2. Plant and equipment are safely located when not in immediate use.
6.3. Plant and equipment are cleaned, maintained and stored after use.
7. Clean up.
7.1. Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled in accordance with legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification.
7.2. Machinery, tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and standard work practices.
Required skills for this unit are:
communication skills to:
read and interpret:
documentation from a variety of sources
drawings and specifications
use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals
identifying and accurately reporting to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials
mathematical and numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations
organisational skills, including the ability to plan and set out work
teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
technological skills to:
use a range of mobile technology, such as two-way radio and mobile phones
voice and hand signals to access and understand site-specific instructions.
Required knowledge for this unit is:
job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements
material safety data sheets (MSDS)
materials storage and environmentally friendly waste management
plans, drawings and specifications
processes for the calculation of material requirements
steelfixing industry terminology
systems and techniques for safe handling of materials
types, characteristics, uses and limitations of:
steelfixing hand tools
steelfixing power tools
steelfixing plant and equipment
workplace and equipment safety requirements.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment
This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate construction workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
locate, interpret and apply of relevant information, standards and specifications
comply with site safety plan and OHS legislation, regulations and codes of practice applicable to workplace operations
comply with organisational policies and procedures, including quality requirements
communicate and work effectively and safely with others
select, use and maintain the hand and power tools and equipment listed in the range statement
select, use and provide operator maintenance for the equipment items listed in the range statement.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.
Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.
Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.
Resource implications for assessment include:
an induction procedure and requirement
realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the mandatory task requirements
relevant specifications and work instructions
tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices
support materials appropriate to activity
workplace instructions relating to safe work practices and addressing hazards and emergencies
material safety data sheets
research resources, including industry related systems information.
Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.
Method of assessment
Assessment methods must:
satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
include direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions, with questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application
reinforce the integration of employability skills with workplace tasks and job roles
confirm that competency is verified and able to be transferred to other circumstances and environments.
Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:
competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace
where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice, with a decision on competency only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's demonstrated ability and applied knowledge
all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence.
Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.
Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Quality requirements include relevant regulations, including:
internal company quality policy and standards
workplace operations and procedures.
diagrams or sketches
instructions issued by authorised organisational or external personnel
manufacturer specifications and instructions, where specified
regulatory and legislative requirements pertaining to the use of steelfixing tools and equipment
relevant Australian standards
safe work procedures relating to steelfixing tools and equipment
verbal, written and graphical instructions
work schedules, plans and specifications.
Scope of work:
may involve reinforcement for foundations, pits and slabs, columns, walls, stairs, plinths, kerbs, gutters, pathways and hard standings.
Safety (OHS) is to be in accordance with state and territory legislation and regulations and project safety plan and may include:
emergency procedures, including extinguishing fires, organisational first aid requirements and evacuation
handling activities that may require the assistance of others or the use of manual or mechanical lifting devices where size, weight or other issues, such as a disability are a factor
hazardous materials and substances, including cement and curing agents
organisational first aid
PPE prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices
safe operating procedures, including the conduct of operational risk assessment and treatments associated with:
cutting, grinding and welding equipment
power leads and sources
work site visitors and the public
working in confined spaces
working in proximity to others
working with metals under stress
use of firefighting equipment
use of tools and equipment
workplace environmental requirements and safety.
ligatures and spacer/spreader assemblies
mesh sheets of deformed bars
mesh sheets of plain bars
structural steel sections.
Environmental requirements include:
dust and noise
Statutory and regulatory authorities include:
federal, state and local authorities administering the applicable Acts, regulations and codes of practice.
Tools and equipment:
tie wire reels
measuring tapes and rules
general and hand power tools
generators for angle grinders
This unit contains employability skills.