This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out work health and safety (WHS) requirements through safe work practices in a plumbing and services work environment.  The unit requires the performance of work in a safe manner through awareness of risks, work requirements and the planning and performance of safe work practices with concern for personal safety and the safety of others.  It includes the initial response to workplace emergencies; the safe use of electricity; the identification of hazardous materials, including asbestos; and compliance with legislated work safety practices.

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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: - complete written reports and other relevant documentation; - enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand; - use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences; - use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals; - evaluate safety issues in the workplace and determine appropriate action; - recognise WHS hazards, including asbestos, and take all opportunities to alleviate safety problems in a variety of construction work sites and environments; - initiative and enterprise skills to identify and report to appropriate personnel any faults in tools or materials; - literacy skills to read and interpret: documentation from a variety of sources; MSDS; work safety procedures and instructions; - self-management skills 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; - 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; - technology skills to: access and understand site-specific instructions in a variety of media; use mobile communication technology.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - asbestos management code relating to prevention of exposure; - job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements (SWMS); - manual handling techniques; - MSDS; - relevant legislation, regulations and workplace requirements relating to WHS, including hazard reduction and personal safety; - requirements for working in confined spaces and at height, including on rooves; - tools and equipment prohibited from being used near identified ACM; - risk assessment; - safe work practices in normal working environment; - types, possible location and risks of ACM, including serpentine and amphobile groups and their use in common building materials; - workplace and equipment safety requirements; - workplace hazards and their precautions and reduction, and; - workplace response to emergencies.

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