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Use steelfixing tools and equipment

Unit Descriptor This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to use steelfixing tools, plant and equipment. It includes identification, selection and safe use of a range of commonly used steelfixing tools, plant and equipment; and storage and user maintenance of these.

1 . Plan and prepare.

  1. Work instructions, including plans, specifications, quality requirements and operational details are obtained from relevant information , confirmed and applied to the scope of work performed.

  2. Safety (OHS) requirements are followed in accordance with safety plans and policies.

  3. Signage and barricade requirements are identified and implemented.

  4. Materials quantity requirements are calculated in accordance with plans, specifications.

  5. Materials appropriate to the work application are identified, obtained, prepared, safely handled and located ready for use.

  6. Environmental requirements are identified for the project in accordance with environmental plans and statutory and legislative authority obligations and applied.

2 . Identify hand and power tools.

  1. Hand and power tools and their functions, operations and limitations are identified.

  2. OHS requirements for using hand tools are recognised and adhered to.

  3. OHS requirements for using power tools are recognised and adhered to.

3 . Select tools for project.

  1. Tools and equipment are selected consistent with job requirements.

  2. Tools, including leads and hoses, are checked for tags, serviceability and safety, and any faults are rectified or reported.

  3. Power tools guards, retaining bolts, couplings, gauges and controls are checked and maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.

  4. Equipment to hold or support material during operation is selected.

  5. Pre-operational checks, including lubricants, hydraulic fluid and water, are completed according to manufacturer recommendations.

4 . Use tools.

  1. Power and compressed air supply are connected to work area.

  2. Start-up and shut-down procedures are followed.

  3. Tools are safely and effectively used according to manufacturer recommendations and OHS requirements.

  4. Tools are safely located when not in immediate use.

5 . Select plant and equipment.

  1. Function and limitations of plant and equipment used in steelfixing are identified.

  2. Plant and equipment are selected consistent with hazard minimisation and needs of job.

  3. Method of operation of plant and equipment is identified.

  4. OHS requirements for operating and using plant and equipment are recognised and adhered to.

  5. Plant and equipment are checked for safety and faults are rectified or reported.

6 . Use plant and equipment.

  1. Plant and equipment are safely and effectively used.

  2. Plant and equipment are safely located when not in immediate use.

  3. Plant and equipment are cleaned, maintained and stored after use.

7 . Clean up.

  1. Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled in accordance with legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification.

  2. Machinery, tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and standard work practices.

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Range Statement

Quality requirements include relevant regulations, including:

Information includes:

Scope of work :

Safety (OHS) is to be in accordance with state and territory legislation and regulations and project safety plan and may include:

Materials :

Environmental requirements include:

Statutory and regulatory authorities include:

Tools and equipment :

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate construction workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.

Resource implications for assessment include:

Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.

Method of assessment

Assessment methods must:

Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:

Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.

Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.