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Unit of competency details

ICTWHS202 - Work safely in a radio frequency electromagnetic radiation environment (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to ICTWHS2081A - Work safely in a radio frequency electromagnetic radiation environmentUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 13/Jan/2016

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 14/Jan/2016


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  24/Jun/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package Version 2.0.

Application

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use organisational risk control procedures when working with a risk of exposure to radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR) hazards.

The unit applies to site maintenance staff, technicians and installers who install or maintain equipment at installations that are sources of RF EMR.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the ICT Implementation Guide Companion Volume or the relevant regulator for details of licensing, legislative or certification requirements.

Unit Sector

Telecommunications – work health and safety

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare to work in RF EMR environment

1.1 Identify characteristics of RF EMR and situations that can lead to exposure to RF EMR hazards

1.2 Identify potential effects of RF EMR on human body and contributing factors that affect it

1.3 Research relevant regulations and standards that apply to working with and controlling RF EMR hazards

1.4 Obtain and review RF EMR information required for work environment

2. Assess RF EMR risks

2.1 Assess potential RF EMR hazards in telecommunications work environment

2.2 Estimate likely field strength pattern of potential RF EMR hazard

3. Control RF EMR risks

3.1 Explain typical organisational controls to manage and control identified RF EMR hazards

3.2 Choose and apply appropriate RF EMR controls

3.3 Report EMR exposure that exceeds acceptable levels according to organisational work health and safety (WHS) requirements

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.

Skill 

Performance 

Criteria 

Description 

Reading

1.1-1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1

  • Uses a number of reading strategies to identify and interpret relevant information within familiar text types

Writing

3.3

  • Prepares organisational WHS documentation using clear language, correct spelling and terminology

Oral Communication

3.3

  • Uses clear language and concepts, and tone and pace appropriate for the audience and purpose

Numeracy

2.2

  • Performs mathematical calculations to estimate, interpret and compare RF signal strength

Navigate the world of work

1.3, 1.4, 3.1-3.3

  • Understands responsibility to comply with legal and regulatory requirements

Interact with others

3.3

  • Identifies and takes steps to follow accepted communication practices and protocols

Get the work done

1.1-1.4, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2

  • Follows clearly defined instructions and sequencing, and monitors own progress for the task, seeking assistance when necessary
  • Makes low-impact decisions within familiar situations, based on a range of predefined or routine solutions
  • Responds to predictable routine problems and implements standard or logical solutions

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title  

current version 

Code and title 

previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ICTWHS202 Work safely in a radio frequency electromagnetic radiation environment

ICTWHS2081A Work safely in a radio frequency electromagnetic radiation environment

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a53af4e4-b400-484e-b778-71c9e9d6aff2

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package Version 2.0.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • identify the effect of radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR) on the human body
  • locate, interpret and apply relevant information, standards and specifications for working safely with RF EMR
  • identify organisational controls for exposure to RF EMR, including lock-out procedures and the use of personal protective equipment
  • identify risks and safety requirements and record in a job safety analysis (JSA) sheet or safe work method statement (SWMS) or similar record sheet
  • select and use appropriate processes, tools and equipment to minimise RF EMR risk
  • comply with regulations, standards and organisational procedures and processes
  • communicate and work effectively and safely with others.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • describe the characteristics of RF EMR and sources of RF EMR, and state their effect on the human body
  • describe the nature of work undertaken close to sources of RF EMR and identify the associated risks and hazards
  • identify and summarise the regulations and standards that govern the generation of RF and EMR
  • identify the relevant statutory and regulatory requirements relating to working safely with RF EMR
  • describe the organisational control processes for managing exposure to RF EMR.

Assessment Conditions

Gather evidence to demonstrate consistent performance in conditions that are safe and replicate the workplace. Noise levels, production flow, interruptions and time variances should be typical of those experienced in the telecommunications – work health and safety field of work and include access to:

  • induction procedures and requirements
  • relevant specifications and work instructions
  • tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices
  • support materials appropriate to activity
  • workplace instructions relating to safe work practices and addressing hazards and emergencies
  • relevant regulations, standards, specifications and manuals, including industry related systems information.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a53af4e4-b400-484e-b778-71c9e9d6aff2