The unit requires the operator to clean and disinfect a broad range of tools and equipment used in hairdressing. The operator is also required to ensure that hand tools such as scissors, razors and clippers are maintained in good working condition and that electrical equipment is maintained in line with safety requirements.
Where this unit is used for assessment only or for training delivery and assessment, co-requisite or prerequisite units of competency that relate to this unit are identified in the evidence guide of this unit.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Clean and disinfect tools and equipment.
Residual hair and product are cleaned off tools and equipment.
Tools and equipment are cleaned and disinfected in compliance with relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures.
Maintain tools and equipment.
Scissors and clippers are regularly checked for bluntness and sent for sharpening when necessary.
Disposable razor blades are examined to detect imperfections and defects and replaced as required.
Discarded blades are disposed of according to relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures.
All tools and equipment are maintained in working condition according to manufacturer instructions.
Store tools and equipment.
Clean linen is stored in a clean dry place and in line with local health regulations.
Cleaned and disinfected tools and equipment are stored according to local health regulations.
Maintain electrical equipment.
Equipment is checked for loose wires and referred to a licensed electrician for repair where required.
Equipment is checked and maintained according to relevant legislative and regulatory requirements and manufacturer instructions.
This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
Skills may include:
following a regular routine that complies with legislative requirements for the cleaning, storage and maintenance of workplace tools and equipment
using a range of cleaning and disinfecting products and techniques
applying infection-control procedures
re-setting clippers and scissors
replacing disposable razor blades
language, literacy and numeracy skills relevant to the role and workplace requirements
reading and interpreting health regulations and manufacturers' instructions.
Knowledge may include:
knowledge of the transmission routes of infectious conditions
knowledge of workplace policies, procedures and safe work practices in relation to cleaning and hygiene
knowledge of workplace procedures and relevant legislation and regulations regarding the safe storage of cleaned and/or disinfected tools and equipment
knowledge of workplace procedures and relevant legislation and regulations regarding the safe disposal of used blades.
The evidence guide describes the underpinning knowledge and skills that must be demonstrated to prove competence. It is essential for assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, the range statement and the assessment guidelines of the relevant Training Package.
Overview of assessment
A person who demonstrates competency in this unit of competency must be able to perform routine cleaning and maintenance of tools and equipment. The evidence provided must also demonstrate knowledge and skills in the application of relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures with regard to health and hygiene and the safe care and maintenance of tools and equipment.
Specific evidence requirements
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
knowledge and consistent application of relevant legislation and workplace policies, procedures and safe work practices in relation to cleaning and hygiene
knowledge of the transmission routes of infectious conditions and skills in the application of standard infection-control precautions
knowledge and consistent application of workplace procedures and relevant legislation for the safe storage of cleaned and/or disinfected tools, equipment and linen
ability to check and maintain in safe working order a range of tools and equipment
demonstrated adherence to workplace procedures in referring tools and equipment for repair as required
reading, accurately interpreting and consistently applying manufacturer's instructions relating to cleaning products and disinfectants
cleaning, oiling and re-setting clippers
cleaning, oiling and re-setting scissors.
Context of assessment
For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, competency should be consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor and/or the technical expert working in partnership with the assessor. The technical expert may include the hairdresser and/or an experienced person at the workplace.
Competency should be demonstrated in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment in a range of situations that may include client interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the workplace. For further guidance on the use of an appropriate simulated environment, refer to the Assessment Guidelines in this Training Package.
Specific resources for assessment
Competency for this unit should be assessed through access to:
relevant documentation such as local health regulations, occupational health and safety legislation and regulations, workplace procedures for the safe care and maintenance of tools and equipment, and other legislative requirements
a range of tools and equipment appropriate to the hairdressing workplace
labels on cleaning and disinfecting products, and other sources of product information
a qualified workplace assessor or assessment team.
Relationship to other units
In the context of an assessment-only and/or a training delivery and assessment pathway, all units that relate to a job function may be integrated for assessment purposes.
WRHCS205A Follow personal health and safety routines at work
SIRXOHS001A Apply safe working practices.
Method of assessment
The following assessment method is suggested.
Observation of the learner performing a range of tasks in an actual or simulated work environment, over sufficient time to demonstrate his/her handling of a range of contingencies. Tasks may include:
cleaning and disinfecting tools following a range of services
storing cleaned and disinfected tools and equipment
oiling and re-setting clippers
oiling and re-setting scissors
replacing disposable razor blades
honing and stropping straight razors
referring tools and equipment for repair and/or maintenance.
Evidence required for demonstration of consistent performance
For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, evidence should be gathered through a range of methods to indicate consistent performance.
It can be gathered from assessment of the unit of competency alone, through an integrated assessment activity or through a combination of both.
Evidence should be gathered as part of the learning process.
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that will affect performance.
The following variables 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. Bold italicised text from the performance criteria is detailed here.
Tools and equipment may include:
clippers and guards
Workplace policies and procedures may include:
health and hygiene
occupational health and safety
Scissors may include:
Clippers may include:
cordless re-chargeable clippers
electric clippers with cords.
Clean linen may include:
Relevant legislative and regulatory requirements may include:
state and territory health regulations pertaining to hairdressing establishments
skin penetration legislation
local government (council) health regulations.
This unit contains employability skills.