Unit of competency details

HLTGM202B - Use hand and power tools (Release 1)


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The Deleted usage recommendation was implemented on 13 June 2017 to describe training components that have no replacement. Enrolments in training components and statements of attainment or qualifications issued before 13 June 2017 are valid. For any components marked as deleted after 13 June 2017, the applicable transition/teach-out periods apply. For specific questions regarding the enrolment, delivery or issuance of a statement of attainment/qualification, please contact your training regulator.
DeletedDeleted from HLT07 Health Training Package08/Dec/2015

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 24/Sep/2008


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  03/Sep/2009 
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Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely and appropriately use hand and power tools while conducting maintenance and construction tasks

Application of the Unit

Work will usually be performed within a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures

Licensing/Regulatory Information


Employability Skills Information

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of Employability Skills

The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit of competency is packaged will assist in identifying Employability Skill requirements

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements define the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

The Performance Criteria specify the level of performance required to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Terms in italics are elaborated in the Range Statement.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 


Performance Criteria 


Identify and select hand and power tools 


Identify and follow the occupational health and safety requirements for using hand and power tools


Select, correctly fit and use appropriate personal protective equipment 


Select hand and power tolls consistent with the needs of the task


Check tools for serviceability and safety and report any faults to supervisor


Identify power supply


Select equipment needed to hold or support power tool application


Use hand tools


Locate and hold in place material needed for hand tool application


Use hand tools safely and effectively


Safely locate hand tools when not in immediate use


Use power tools


Locate and hold in place material needed for power tool application


Use power tools safely and effectively


Safely locate power tools when not in immediate use


Clean up


Clean, maintain and store tools correctly and according to organisation requirements


Clean, visually check and store power leads/hoses


Clean and store equipment


Clear the work area and remove waste

Required Skills and Knowledge

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Essential knowledge :

Functions and use of hand and power tools

Operating procedures

Safety requirements for tool operation

Essential skills :

Ability to:

Demonstrate work safely to instructions

Apply appropriate hand-eye coordination in the use of tools

Select appropriate tool for intended task and materials involved

Handle/hold materials during operation of tools

Communicate with others in relation to work to be undertaken and potential workplace disruption

Follow infection control practices

Use literacy, numeracy and oral communication skills required to fulfil the position in a safe manner as specified by the health care facility

Apply problem solving skills - the ability to use available resources and prioritise workload

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this competency unit :

Consistency of performance should be demonstrated over the required range of workplace situations

Ability to work safely, and follow the organisation's occupational health and safety practices

Relevant knowledge of the tools required to be used in performing maintenance work on the organisation's buildings, plant, equipment and machinery

Ability to identify boundaries of role and when to refer problems to a tradesperson in relation to the use of tools

Demonstrate compliance with occupational health and safety regulations applicable to the use of tools

Apply correct operating procedures for the use of tools

Interactively communicate with others in relation to the use of power tools

Context of and specific resources for assessment :

Assessment should replicate workplace conditions as far as possible

Simulations may be used to represent workplace conditions as closely as possible

Where, for reasons of safety, access to equipment and resources and space, assessment takes place away from the workplace, simulations should be used to represent workplace conditions as closely as possible

Resources essential for assessment include:

Workplace health and safety policies

Hand and power tools appropriate to the maintenance tasks in the organisation and to the worker's role

Suitable work area

Maintenance policy and procedures

Tool handling manuals

Job description

Method of assessment 

Observation in the work place (if possible)

Written assignments/projects

Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice


Access and equity considerations :

All workers in the health industry should be aware of access and equity issues in relation to their own area of work

All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

In recognition of particular health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Range Statement


The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Hand tools may include , but are not limited to :

Adjustable spanners

Bars (crow and pinch)

Bolt cutters



Hacksaws and handsaws


Measuring tapes




Sealant gun


Sledge hammers

Spanners and wrenches

Spirit level

Straight edge

String lines

Trowels and float

Wire cutters

Paint brushes/rollers

Spatula/putty knives


Power tools include but are not limited to :


Nail guns



Angle grinders

Pneumatic wrenches

Circular saw

Jig saws




Other tools powered by compressed air or electricity

Personal protective equipment may include , but is not limited to :

Overalls, boots

Hard hat/cap

Safety glasses/goggles


Ear plugs/muff

Face mask/respirator

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