This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake cleaning tasks safely and according to company health and safety policies and procedures and legislative requirements.  The unit covers assessing the work environment for hazards and ensuring risks are controlled; checking and maintaining equipment and materials, including storing and handling hazardous chemicals; safely handling equipment; and following required processes in the event of a health and safety incident in the workplace.  The unit supports cleaners who work alone or in teams.  It applies in a range of commercial and residential work sites.

Unit details

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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. The person must also safely perform three different cleaning tasks in a commercial or residential cleaning site, in which each task must involve: - transporting equipment and cleaning products to the area to be cleaned; - completing cleaning tasks according to client and company requirements using cleaning equipment and products selected and prepared according to job requirements, and; - returning equipment and materials to cleaning storage area. In doing the above work, the person must: - identify site hazards and control risks before commencing the task; - use safe and efficient cleaning methods, and; - correctly and safely handle waste, including contaminated materials.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - company policies and procedures for applying work health and safety (WHS) practices while cleaning; - safe handling techniques for working with hazardous chemicals; - key requirements of legislation, regulations and codes of practice relating to cleaning safely at heights, and; - processes for safely handling and disposing of waste.

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