This unit (CPCCCM2012) specifies the skills and knowledge required to work safely on construction sites where the worker has the potential to fall from one level to another. This unit of competency does not cover the erection of scaffold or work platforms, but it does include identifying and reporting common faults with scaffold or work platform systems. Work at heights is undertaken in a range of construction work, including new construction, renovation, refurbishment and maintenance. This unit also applies to workers in other industries who need to control the two separate risks associated with people and objects falling from heights. Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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CPCCWHS2001 - Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

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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: * a candidate must meet the elements and performance criteria by working safely at heights above 2 m on three occasions, using different fall protection equipment/devices on each occasion. One occasion must include a restraint technique (anchor point) system with a minimum of three anchor points. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: *workplace and regulatory requirements for working safely at heights under applicable Commonwealth, state or territory work health and safety (WHS) legislation, Australian Standards and codes of practice: - hazard identification and risk control - job safety and environmental analyses (JSEAs) - safe work method statements (SWMSs) - safety data sheets (SDSs) - safety manuals and instructions for plant, tools and equipment: - operation manual, manufacturer specifications, safety signs and load charts for plant - signage and barricades - selection, fitting and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) - environmental and worksite safety plans - reporting problems *processes for planning to work safely at heights: - assessment of weather and ground conditions that may affect safety while working at heights - assessment of conditions and hazards - determination of work requirements - identification of equipment defects - inspection of worksites *methods for identifying common faults with scaffold or work platform systems *types, characteristics, uses and limitations of equipment used when working safely at heights: - air compressors and hoses - anchor points - edge protection - elevated work platforms (EWPs) - fall arrest anchors - fall arrest inertia reels - guard rails - hand and power tools including nail guns - ladders - power leads - rescue equipment - ropes - safety harnesses, lanyards and attachments such as snap hooks and carabiners - scaffolding - shock absorbers - stairways - static line systems - temporary anchor systems - trestles *safe methods for accessing work area, traversing between anchor points and exiting from work area including removing tools and materials when working at heights

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