This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to prepare cargo for the transfer with slings in accordance with workplace requirements and relevant regulatory requirements, within the transport and logistics industry.
It includes preparing for cargo transfer, calculating safe working load (SWL) or working load limit (WLL) of slings and loads, slinging and unslinging cargo, and strapping and unstrapping goods.
People achieving competence in this unit will need to fulfil the applicable state/territory legislated high risk work licence requirements and to comply with relevant codes of practice and/or guidelines.
Safety checks and equipment tests are performed under limited supervision.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
Prepare cargo transfer
Job hazards are identified and required action is taken to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards
Working area is prepared and maintained in accordance with national standards, safety codes and site operating procedures
Unsafe work practices and/or faulty equipment is reported in accordance with enterprise procedures
Correct protective equipment is identified and worn/used
Calculate safe working load or working load limit of slings and loads
SWL or WLL is calculated using standardised formulae for different types of lifting cables
Lifting equipment is checked to determine SWL
Slinging gear is checked for conformity with safety equipment
Sling and unsling cargo
Cargo is slung/unslung in accordance with national standards, safety codes and site operating procedures
Correct securing devices are identified and used
Load is steadied by tag lines as required
Damaged cargo is identified and reported in accordance with enterprise procedures
Slinging attachments are released from load ensuring no injury to personnel or damage to machinery or cargo
Strap and unstrap goods
Cargo is strapped and unstrapped in accordance with national standards, safety codes and site operating procedures
Mechanical strapping equipment is used in accordance with manufacturer instructions
Damaged cargo is identified and reported in accordance with enterprise reporting procedures
Strapping arrangements are secured/released to/from load ensuring no injury to personnel or damage to machinery or cargo
Evidence of Performance
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria on at least one occasion and include:
applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards
applying relevant high risk work legislation and workplace procedures
calculating safe working load (SWL) and working load limit (WLL)
communicating and working effectively with others
completing relevant documentation
inspecting equipment prior to use
implementing contingency plans
modifying activities depending on operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
monitoring and prioritising work activities in terms of planned schedule
operating and adapting to differences in equipment in accordance with workplace operating procedures
planning own work, predicting consequences and identifying improvements
reading, interpreting and following relevant instructions, procedures, information and signs
reporting and/or rectifying identified problems promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
selecting and using relevant gear and equipment when preparing cargo for transfer with slings
selecting and using required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) standards
using balance points and estimating weights in setting up loads to be shifted
working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment.
Evidence of Knowledge
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include knowledge of:
cargo potential for toxicity, reactiveness, material grade, type and purpose including information from relevant safety data sheets (SDSs)/material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and current Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code documentation
documentation and record requirements
gear and equipment used when transferring cargo with slings, and precautions and procedures that should be followed in their use
housekeeping standards and procedures
operational work systems, equipment, management and site operating procedures for transferring cargo with slings
problems that may occur when preparing cargo for transfer with slings and appropriate action that can be taken to resolve these problems
relevant regulations for transferring cargo with slings, including current ADG Code and bond, quarantine and other high risk work legislative requirements
relevant WHS/OHS and environmental protection procedures and guidelines
requirements for SWL and WLL
slings, dogging and rigging licence to perform high risk work requirements
site layout and obstacles
workplace procedures and policies for transferring cargo with slings.
As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations where it is appropriate to do so; where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in simulated workplace operational situations that replicate workplace conditions.
Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
Resources for assessment include:
a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or simulations
applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals
relevant materials, tools, equipment and personal protective equipment currently used in industry.
Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.
Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.
Non-essential conditions can be found in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.
D â€“ Load Handling