Range of Variables
The Range of Variables explains the contexts within which the performance and knowledge requirements of this standard may be assessed. The scope of variables chosen in particular training and assessment requirements may depend on the work situations available
What workplace information may be relevant when undertaking indoor plant maintenance activities?
Workplace information may include Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), specifications, work notes, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), manufacturers instructions, product labels, or verbal directions from the manager, supervisor, or senior operator.
What tools, equipment and materials are likely to be used to maintain indoor plants?
Tools, equipment and materials may include secateurs, knives, dibblers, trolley, trowels, hand tools, hand sprayers, water spray containers, cleaning equipment, rubbish bins, plant supports, ties, growing media, plant nutrition, fertilisers and fungicides.
What OHS hazards may be associated with maintaining indoor plants?
Hazards may include the use of a limited range of chemicals, sharp tools, and manual handling.
What access factors may influence client requirements?
Access factors may include time constraints, parking restrictions, stairs and level changes, work areas, lift size, equipment needed, floor surface, furnishings and room use.
What adjustments and maintenance may be required on watering systems?
Adjustments and maintenance may include altering flow rate and timing, repairing or replacing worn, leaking or blocked irrigation components.
What specified parameters might apply to light meter readings?
Specified parameters that apply to selected indoor plants include low, medium and high light intensity.
How might media condition be assessed?
Media condition may be assessed by visual inspection or touch to check if it is dry or water logged and for the presence of mould or fungus.
What common problems associated with indoor plants may be encountered during plant maintenance activities?
Common problems may include dehydration or over watering, pests and diseases, nutrient deficiencies, low or high light intensity, pot-bound and deformed plants.
What treatments are likely to be selected and applied to indoor plants?
Treatments may include the limited use of pesticides, fungicides, and fertiliser, removing weeds and dead material, and trimming, pruning or training.
What methods may be used to apply water to indoor plants?
Watering methods may include irrigation, subirrigation, and hand watering and spraying.
What type of waste may be collected?
Waste may include left over treatments, containers, and plant debris.
What workplace information is likely to be recorded?
Records may include client details, plant identity, date and treatments applied.
For more information on contexts, environmental implications and variables for training and assessment, refer to the Sector Booklet.