This unit (CPCCOHS2001A) of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out OHS requirements through safe work practices at any on or off-site construction workplace. It requires the performance of work in a safe manner through awareness of risks and work requirements, and the planning and performance of safe work practices with concern for personal safety and the safety of others. This unit of competency covers fundamental OHS necessary to undertake work tasks within any sector in the construction industry. It includes the identification of hazardous materials, including asbestos, and compliance with legislated work safety practices. It does not cover removal of asbestos, which is a licensed activity.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - ability to accurately recognise OHS hazards, including asbestos and take all opportunities to alleviate safety problems in a variety of construction work sites and environments; - capacity to deal calmly and effectively with any potential safety problems and work closely with other team members and supervisors to ensure safe working conditions are maintained; - communication skills; - identifying and accurately reporting to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials; - organisational skills, including the ability to plan and set out work; - teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities, and; - technological skills.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - asbestos management code prevention of exposure; - basic first aid procedures; - common construction industry terminology; - common workplace safety hazards and risks and procedures for reporting these to designated personnel; - construction industry communications equipment and use; - construction industry health and safety signage; - emergency response and evacuation procedures; - JSA and safe work method statements; - MSDS; - OHS hierarchy of control and role of OHS committees and representatives; - relevant legislation, regulations and workplace requirements relating to OHS, including hazard reduction and personal safety, including duty of care responsibilities, workers' compensation and injury management requirements; - safe manual handling techniques; - safe work practices in normal working environment; - safety equipment, policies and requirements for working in confined spaces and at height, including on rooves; - tools and equipment prohibited for use near identified asbestos-containing materials (ACM); - types of fires and basic firefighting equipment; - types, possible location and risks of ACM, including serpentine and amphibole groups, and their use in common building materials; - types, purpose and use of construction industry personal protective equipment and clothing, and; - workplace and equipment safety requirements.

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