CPCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

    Unit code: CPCWHS1001 | Study level: TAFE


    This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work.


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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 and orally report two construction hazards
    *explain how risk could be reduced or removed in relation to those two hazards
    *select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to control the risk
    *explain basic procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies, including types and purpose of the following fire safety equipment:
    -fire blankets
    -fire-extinguishers, including water, carbon dioxide, powder and foam
    -hose reels and mains
    *identify and orally explain the meaning of required safety signs and symbols
    *explain the purpose of job safety analyses (JSAs), safe work method statements (SWMS) and safety data sheets (SDS)
    *explain the roles of the following designated health and safety personnel:
    -first aid officers
    -work health and safety (WHS) representatives
    -WHS committee members
    *The person must also demonstrate correctly fitting to themselves the PPE listed below:
    -eye protection
    -hearing protection
    -hard hat
    -high visibility vest, shirt or jacket.

    Required reading

    The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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