This unit (CPCCWHS2001) specifies the outcomes required to carry out work health and safety (WHS) requirements through safe work practices in all on- or off-site construction workplaces. It requires the performance of work in a safe manner through awareness of risks and work requirements, and the planning and performance of safe work practices with concern for personal safety and the safety of others. The unit covers fundamental WHS requirements necessary to undertake work tasks within any sector in the construction industry. It includes the identification of hazardous materials, including asbestos, and compliance with legislated work safety practices. It does not cover removal of asbestos, which is a licensed activity. It applies to workers in the construction industry. This unit also relates directly to the general construction induction training requirements of the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 and relevant occupational health and safety regulations for Victoria and for Western Australia. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry covers these induction training requirements. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

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. To demonstrate competency in this unit, a person must apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures on three separate and different occasions in the construction industry. In doing this, the person must meet the performance criteria for this unit.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - jurisdictional work health and safety (WHS) and environmental legislation and regulations; - workplace requirements for undertaking all aspects of applying WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry including interpreting work orders and reporting problems; - procedures and policies for identifying and reporting hazards, safety risks and hazardous materials, including asbestos, in the workplace; - procedures for following safe practices when dealing with hazards and hazardous materials, and controlling risks associated with them; - use of appropriate protective equipment and clothing, choice of tools, use of barricades and signage, and the necessity of following relevant safety procedures as indicated; - methods of safely performing tasks in accordance with legislative requirements and workplace policies and procedures; - procedures for reporting hazards, incidents and injuries, and; - necessity for keeping work site clear of risks to prevent accidents and to meet environmental requirements policies and procedures to be followed in an accident, fire or other type of emergency.

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