This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to safely handle and store plumbing materials and to identify and address environmental concerns and associated hazards, including the disposal of waste.  It addresses work health and safety (WHS) and environmental requirements to minimise risk to the health and safety of personnel and to the environment.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


CPCPCM2043A - Carry out WHS requirements


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 workplace documentation; - enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand; - report hazards and follow instructions; - use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals; - use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences; - initiative and enterprise skills to identify and report to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials; - literacy skills to read and interpret plans, specifications and documentation from a variety of sources; - numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations; - planning and organising skills 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; - technical skills to identify handling and storage requirements for materials used in a plumbing work environment, including identifying, handling and disposing of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, 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: - categories of materials and their safe handling, storage and transport requirements; - environmental plans, air and water contamination, erosion and sedimentation; - job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements (SWMS); - MSDS; - WHS and environmental legislation and requirements; - types of waste and their disposal, including an awareness only of the requirements for asbestos handling and disposal; - workplace hazard reporting and hazard handling procedures; - workplace processes and procedures, and; - workplace safety requirements.

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