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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Use tools, equipment and machinery
  2. Maintain a clean and safe workplace
  3. Maintain workplace and surroundings

Evidence Required

What are the critical aspects of evidence required for this unit of competency as a whole

The critical requirements that are valuable for this unit of competency as a whole are listed below

Assessment must confirm ones ability to

communicate effectively with supervisors and follow instructions

use equipment tools and machinery commonly found in the workplace safely and correctly

undertake basic maintenance activities

maintain a clean and safe workplace

What specific knowledge is needed to achieve the performance criteria

Knowledge and understanding are essential to apply this unit in the workplace to transfer the skills to other contexts and to deal with unplanned events The knowledge requirements for this unit of competency are listed below and include

organisational standards for the presentation of workplace and surroundings

awareness of the relationship between specific maintenance activities and the external environment and of how to minimise the impact of these activities

workplace hazards

OHS policies procedures and responsibilities

safety symbols and signs

What specific skills are needed to achieve the performance criteria

To achieve the performance criteria some complementary skills are required These skills include

ability to work in a team and contribute to team objectives

ability to understand and follow instructions

ability to use equipment tools and machinery correctly and safely

ability to carry out basic maintenance activities

literacy skills to read and follow organisational policies and procedures including OHS follow sequenced written instructions and record information accurately and legibly

interpersonal skills to relate to people from a range of social cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities

oral communication skills language competence required to fulfil the job role as specified by the organisation including questioning active listening asking for clarification and seeking advice from supervisor

numeracy skills to complete basic arithmetic calculations and measure volumes

problemsolving skills to use available resources and prioritise daily tasks

What are the specific resource implications for this unit of competency

For valid assessment one must have opportunities to participate in a range of exercises case studies and other real and simulated practical and knowledge assessments that demonstrate the skills and knowledge to participate in maintaining the animal care workplace One must also have access to the resources listed below that include


personal protective clothing and equipment

equipment tools and machinery commonly found in the workplace

What considerations should there be for consistency in performance

To ensure consistency in ones performance competency should be demonstrated on more than one occasion over a period of time in order to cover a variety of circumstances cases and responsibilities and where possible over a number of assessment activities

The skills and knowledge required to maintain the animal care workplace must be transferable to a range of work environments and contexts and include the ability to deal with unplanned events For example this could include work within different workplaces and with different maintenance practices and organisational procedures and practices

What considerations should there be for context of assessment

Assessment for this unit of competency is to be largely practical in nature and will be most appropriately assessed in an animal care workplace or in a situation that reproduces normal work conditions

There must be access in either situation to the appropriate equipment and or resources to enable one to demonstrate competency

What processes should be applied to this unit of competency

There are a number of processes that are learnt throughout work and life which are required in all jobs They are fundamental processes and generally transferable to other work functions Some of these are covered by the key competencies although others may be added The questions below highlight how these processes are applied in this unit of competency Following each question a number in brackets indicates the level to which the key competency needs to be demonstrated where not required perform the process perform and administer the process and perform administer and design the process

How can communication of ideas and information be applied

By discussing information about the job tasks and problems with supervisors

How can information be collected analysed and organised

By locating applying and clarifying when required workplace and supervisors instructions

How are activities planned and organised

By discussing work tasks with supervisors in order to complete them efficiently in a logical sequence and in a timely manner

How can teamwork be applied

By participating with others in undertaking work tasks

How can the use of mathematical ideas and techniques be applied

Not applicable

How can problemsolving skills be applied

By referring to supervisors for guidance

How can the use of technology be applied

By using technology to communicate with others

Are there other units of competency that could be assessed with this one

This unit of competency could be assessed on its own or in combination with other competencies relevant to the job function

Range Statement

Range of Variables

The Range of Variables explains the range of contexts within which the performance and knowledge requirements of this unit may be assessed. The scope of variables chosen in training and assessment may depend on the work contexts

What tools, equipment and machinery may be required to maintain the workplace?

Tools, equipment and machinery may include hand and power tools, brooms, hoses and hose attachments, cleaning materials and equipment, high-pressure air and water cleaners and repair tools.

Which OHS hazards may be associated with maintaining the workplace?

Hazards may include exposure to noise, dust, airborne micro-organisms and micro-organisms in soil. They may also relate to sharp tools and equipment, manual handling, moving vehicles, machinery and machinery parts, uneven surfaces and flying objects.

What PPE may be required when maintaining the workplace?

Personal protective equipment may include boots, overalls, gloves, eye and ear protection, respirators and face masks.

Which disposal containers may be used in maintaining the workplace?

Disposal containers may be segregated for specified toxic waste materials, recyclable materials, composting waste and reusable and returnable materials.

Which OHS requirements may be relevant?

OHS requirements may include the removal of slip or trip hazards; keeping access ways clear of obstructions; cleaning, maintaining and storing tools, equipment and machinery; appropriate use, storage and maintenance of personal protective equipment; drinking to avoid dehydration; safe operation of tools, equipment and machinery; correct manual handling techniques; maintaining personal hygiene; identifying and reporting hazards to supervisor; and protecting people in the workplace from hazardous substances.

What maintenance may be appropriate?

Maintenance activities may include basic repair work such as tightening or replacing loose fixtures, painting small areas and replacing depleted surfaces.