This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to operate waste processing plants to prepare for waste disposal or recycling. The unit covers preparing for plant operation by reviewing work specifications, identifying hazards and risks, and organising required equipment, materials and personnel. It also covers conducting pre-operational checks of plant and equipment to ensure correct and safe operation and resolving identified problems. The unit requires following manufacturer specifications to start, operate, isolate, shut down, clean and maintain plant and equipment. It requires the ability to work with others to maintain communication while operating plant, and monitor gauges and warning devices, inputs and outputs to ensure optimal operation and safety at all times.
The unit supports those who work under limited supervision in a waste management team.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit of competency in some States where a licence is required to operate various plant, vehicles or equipment used to transport, shift, load, unload, lift, compact or otherwise process waste. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.
Prepare to operate waste processing plant.
Work specifications are reviewed in consultation with relevant personnel to identify plant operating requirements.
Hazards and risks are identified and managed or reported according to organisational and compliance requirements.
Equipment, materials and required personnel are identified and organised according to work and organisational requirements.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, checked and used according to organisational and compliance requirements.
Conduct pre-operational checks.
Pre-start visual checks and basic maintenance checks are conducted according to manufacturer specifications, organisational and compliance requirements.
Equipment systems are tested for correct functioning according to manufacturer specifications and organisational requirements.
Equipment is cleaned to ensure safe operation according to organisational and compliance requirements.
Safety structures and controls are checked to ensure operational capacity complies with organisational and compliance requirements.
Correct plant operation is confirmed, and identified problems are promptly reported according to organisational requirements.
Start-up, use and shut-down processing plant
Relevant personnel are advised of impending plant operation to ensure safety and readiness for operation.
Plant is started and operated according to manufacturer specifications and organisational requirements.
Gauges and warning devices are monitored to ensure optimal plant operation and continuous operation according to organisational and compliance requirements.
Plant inputs, processing and outputs are monitored and adjustments made where necessary according to work specifications and organisational requirements.
Communication with other personnel is maintained to ensure safe plant operation according to organisational and compliance requirements.
Faults that create hazardous operations are identified and reported on, and operations are suspended according to manufacturer specifications and organisational requirements.
Plant is shut down according to manufacturer specifications and organisational requirements.
Finalise processing plant operation.
Plant and associated equipment are cleaned to remove debris and contamination and ensure safe and effective future operation according to manufacturer specifications.
Record of plant operation is completed according to organisational requirements.
Evidence of Performance
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.
Evidence of Knowledge
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.
The following must be present and available to learners during assessment activities:
personal protective equipment (PPE), as specified by organisational requirements
waste processing plant, as specified by organisational requirements
relationships with team members and supervisor:
working under limited supervision.
as specified by organisational requirements.
As a minimum, assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.
This section describes the language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills essential to performance in this unit but not explicit in the performance criteria.
Oral communication skills to:
ask questions to clarify work information with relevant personnel.
Reading skills to:
interpret operator’s manual
interpret safety data sheets (SDS) related to hazardous waste.
Writing skills to:
record plant operation details using organisational proformas.
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.
equipment and PPE requirements
plant operation requirements
potential hazards and risks
waste types to be processed
Relevant personnel must include at least one of the following:
supervisor or team leader
Compliance requirements must include:
commonwealth, state and territory legislation relating to waste processing plant operation, including:
hazardous substances and dangerous goods
work health and safety
Pre-start visual checks must include checks for:
Basic maintenance checks must include checks on at least five of the following:
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.