This unit describes a participant's skills and knowledge required to work safely as a safety observer/spotter in the Civil construction industry.  This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

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: - locates and applies relevant legislation, documentation, policies and procedures; - implements the requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient completion of working as a safety observer/spotter; - works effectively with others to undertake and complete the operation of working as a safety observer/spotter that meets all of the required outcomes, and; - demonstrates completion of work as a safety observer/spotter that safely, effectively and efficiently meets all of the required outcomes on more than one (1) occasion.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures; - verbal and written communication requirements; - Australian and other relevant standards; - site and equipment safety requirements; - mobile traffic control requirements; - risk assessment and management; - vehicle movements; - plant shadows/blind spots; - underground service and overhead services; - statutory compliance; - traffic management plans/diagrams; - operational and maintenance procedures; - emergency procedures; - environmental protection; - communication device operations; - equipment types, characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations, and; - basic diagnostic procedures.

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