This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to assess the type and condition of hard floor surfaces, determine the nature and extent of damage, remove pre-existing floor sealant, and replace it with a new protective coating using selected chemicals and techniques.  The unit supports cleaners who work alone or in teams.  It applies in a range of commercial and residential work sites.

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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: - must satisfy the requirements of the elements, performance criteria, foundation skills and range of conditions of this unit; - restore three of the following hard floor surfaces: brick, concrete, cork, granite, parquetry, pavers, quarry tiles, rubber, slate, terrazzo and vinyl; - restore two different timber floor surfaces. In doing the above work, the person must: - identify site hazards and control risks before commencing the task; - identify type and condition of hard floor surface techniques required for the task, and; - correctly and safely handle waste, including contaminated materials.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - types and characteristics of different hard floor surfaces and restoration methods; - environmental requirements relating to restoring hard floor surfaces; - processes for safely handling and disposing of waste; - range, type and characteristics of timber floor sealants; - key requirements of legislation and regulations relating to restoring hard floor surfaces; - safe handling techniques for working with hazardous chemicals; - types and uses of different scrubbing machine pads; - techniques for identifying type of existing sealant on floors; - techniques for applying sealants to different hard floor types; - types and application of different signs and barricades to be installed prior to cleaning, and; - types, characteristics and application methods of cleaning chemicals and equipment used in restoring hard floor surfaces.

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