This unit (RIICCM202E) describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, locate and protect underground services in civil construction. It applies to those working in operational roles and overseeing construction work. They generally work under supervision and hold some responsibility for identifying, locating and protecting underground services.

Unit details

Study level:
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: *identify, locate and protect underground services on at least two occasions, including: *use electromagnetic locating equipment on at least one occasion to detect conductive underground services. During the above, the candidate must: -locate, apply and retain on site access to documentation, policies and procedures required to identify, locate and protect underground services -implement the requirements, procedures and techniques for completing the identification, location and protection of underground services, including: -selecting and using required tools and equipment -communicating to clarify instructions and information -completing housekeeping activities *work with others to identify, locate and protect underground services that meets required outcomes, including: -using a range of communication techniques and equipment -complying with written and verbal reporting requirements and procedures *employ required techniques, plant and equipment to *identify services and owners of services and utilities Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: *key indicators of work quality and accuracy -processes for planning and organising work activities -safety data sheets and materials handling methods -electromagnetic locating and radar based technologies -job safety analyses (JSAs), job safety environmental analyses (JSEAs), and safe work method statements (SWMSs) *key risks relating to identifying, locating and protecting underground services, including those associated with: -traffic, live electrical services, confined spaces, falls, locating near other works in progress -manual handling and gas *key policies and procedures, legislation and established requirements for identifying, locating and protecting underground services, including those for: -workplace health and safety -environmental protection -operating and maintaining equipment -fault checking and calibrating locating equipment -marking underground asset locations -waste disposal and recycling -site isolation and traffic control -excavation and finished surfaces reinstatement -obtaining emergency numbers and contact details of service and utility owners -obtaining and preparing search requirement information from Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) -damage to services and utilities *key factors affecting work activities described in performance evidence above, including: Types of services, utilities and providers -working in a road reserve -equipment types, characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations -asset specific clearance distances -non-destructive excavation methods for exposing underground services

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