This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to set up and use pressure-washing equipment to clean surfaces by producing a variable stream of water or cleaning chemical.  The unit covers assessing the extent of the cleaning task, and selecting the equipment, chemicals and cleaning methods required for the task.  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, and; - must also pressure wash three of the following surface types: brick, including rendered brick surfaces; concrete, including polished concrete; metal surfaces, including industrial kitchen equipment and industrial machinery; painted; polyresin. In doing the above work, the person must: - remove three of the following different soil types: graffiti; grease and oil; mould and mildew; pollution marks; - identify site hazards and control risks before commencing the task; - identify surface and soil types; - select and prepare required cleaning equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning chemicals, and; - use safe and efficient cleaning methods using pressure washing.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - suitability of different surfaces for pressure washing; - key requirements of legislation, regulations, codes of practice and industry advisory standards relating to cleaning using pressure washing, including industry advisory standards and codes, such as dangerous goods codes; - processes for safely handling and disposing of waste; - safe handling techniques for working with hazardous chemicals; - range and functionality of equipment used in pressure washing, and; - procedures for selecting and applying cleaning chemicals required for different surfaces.

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