RIIWHS204E - Work safely at heights

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Unit code: RIIWHS204E | Study level: TAFE


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work safely at heights in the resources and infrastructure industries.It applies to those working in operational roles. They generally work under supervision to undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and take responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & 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:

*work safely at heights on at least two occasions, including:

  • accessing, interpreting and applying technical and safety information for working at heights
  • assessing hazards and risks associated with working at heights and implementing control methods
  • selecting, wearing and caring for personal protective equipment
  • identifying required safety systems including fall protection and associated equipment
  • checking the correct fitting, adjusting and anchoring of fall protection and associated equipment
  • performing work safely at heights.

During the above, the candidate must:
*locate and apply relevant documentation, policies and procedures and confirm that the work activity is compliant
*implement the requirements, procedures and techniques for working safely at heights
*work effectively with others to work safely at heights in a way that meets all required outcomes
*communicate clearly and concisely with others to receive and clarify work instructions and to determine coordination requirements prior to commencing and during work activities.

Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
*key legislation required to work safely at heights
*key policies, procedures and documentation required to work safely at heights, including:

  • statutory and regulatory authority requirements
    *principles and techniques for work safely at heights, including:
  • heights safety systems
  • safe work methods
    *principles and techniques for identifying names and functions of equipment, components and materials
    *principles and techniques for complying with equipment manufacturer instructions and specifications
    *safe shifting and handling of tools and materials
    *principles and techniques for identifying relevant hazards and emergencies
    *techniques for coordinating and communicating job activities with others.

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.

As part of a course

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