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Unit of competency details

MSL974019 - Perform chemical tests and procedures (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL974003 - Perform chemical tests and proceduresChanges to performance criteria. Range of conditions removed. Assessment requirements amended. 19/Jul/2018

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 20/Jul/2018


Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

Training packages that include this unit

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RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 3.0-4.1 
MSS - SustainabilitySustainability 2.0-3.0 
MSM - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 4.0-5.0 
MSL - Laboratory OperationsLaboratory Operations 2.0-3.0 
FBP - Food, Beverage and PharmaceuticalFood, Beverage and Pharmaceutical 2.0-3.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

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RII40815 - Certificate IV in Civil Construction DesignCertificate IV in Civil Construction Design 2-3 
RII40715 - Certificate IV in Civil Construction SupervisionCertificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision 
RII40615 - Certificate IV in Civil Construction OperationsCertificate IV in Civil Construction Operations 2-3 
MSS50218 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and TechnologyDiploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology 
MSS40218 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and TechnologyCertificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology 
MSM40116 - Certificate IV in Process ManufacturingCertificate IV in Process Manufacturing 
MSL60118 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory OperationsAdvanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations 
MSL50118 - Diploma of Laboratory TechnologyDiploma of Laboratory Technology 1-2 
MSL40118 - Certificate IV in Laboratory TechniquesCertificate IV in Laboratory Techniques 1-2 
MSL30118 - Certificate III in Laboratory SkillsCertificate III in Laboratory Skills 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 019909 Laboratory Technology  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 019909 Laboratory Technology  20/Jul/2018 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version was released in MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package Release 2.0.

Supersedes and equivalent to MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures. Changes to performance criteria. Range of conditions removed. Assessment requirements amended.

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to interpret chemical test requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment and perform routine chemical tests. These tests will involve several measurement steps. The unit includes basic data processing and interpretation of results.

This unit applies to laboratory or technical assistants and instrument operators in all industry sectors.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. However, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements for laboratory operations exist, so local requirements should be checked. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must also be applied.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Competency Field

Testing

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1

Interpret and schedule test requirements 

1.1

Review test request to identify samples to be tested, test method and equipment and instruments involved

1.2

Identify hazards and workplace control measures associated with the sample, preparation and test methods, reagents and/or equipment

1.3

Plan work sequences to optimise throughput of multiple samples

2

Receive and prepare samples 

2.1

Log samples using standard operating procedures (SOPs)

2.2

Record sample description, compare with specification and note and report discrepancies

2.3

Prepare samples and standards in accordance with chemical testing requirements

3

Check equipment before use 

3.1

Set up equipment and instruments in accordance with test method requirements

3.2

Perform pre-use and safety checks in accordance with relevant workplace and operating procedures

3.3

Check equipment calibration using specified standards and procedures

3.4

Inspect reagents required for quality issues including visual checks and expiry

3.5

Maintain equipment log in accordance with workplace procedures

4

Test samples to determine chemical species or properties 

4.1

Operate equipment and instruments in accordance with test method requirements

4.2

Perform tests or procedures on all samples and standards in accordance with specified methods

4.3

Shut down equipment and instruments in accordance with operating procedures

5

Process and interpret data 

5.1

Record test data noting atypical observations and anomalies

5.2

Construct calibration graphs and compute results for all samples from these graphs

5.3

Check calculated values for consistency with expectations

5.4

Record and report results in accordance with workplace procedures

5.5

Determine if obvious procedure or equipment problems have led to atypical data or results

6

Maintain a safe work environment 

6.1

Use established safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel

6.2

Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts

6.3

Safely collect and dispose of laboratory and hazardous waste

6.4

Care for and store equipment and reagents as required

7

Maintain laboratory records 

7.1

Record entries on report forms or into a laboratory information management system accurately calculating, recording or transcribing data as required

7.2

Ensure traceability of sample from receipt to reporting of results

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.

  • Problem-solving skills to trace and source obvious causes of artefacts, track obvious test malfunctions for standardised procedures, and troubleshoot basic equipment and methods.
  • Calculate the concentration of solutions.

Other foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit.

Unit Mapping Information

Equivalent to MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures, Release 1.

Links

MSL Laboratory Operations Companion Volume Implementation Guide is available from VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5c63a03b-4a6b-4ae5-9560-1e3c5f462baa

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version was released in MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package Release 2.0.

Supersedes and equivalent to MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and procedures. Changes to performance criteria. Range of conditions removed. Assessment requirements amended.

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence the candidate has completed the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit, and:

  • safely performed at least 3 different chemical tests involving several measurement steps including at least 1 of the following:
  • colorimetric techniques
  • infrared and ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectrophotometry
  • other spectrometric techniques
  • chromatographic techniques
  • electrochemical techniques
  • electrophoretic techniques
  • soil testing techniques
  • gravimetric analysis
  • titrimetric analysis
  • filtration, separation and solvent extraction techniques
  • corrosion testing, cement content and accelerated weathering.

Knowledge Evidence

There must be evidence the candidate has knowledge of:

  • why chemical tests are performed
  • relevant chemical principles and concepts, including:
  • elements, compounds, ions, atoms, molecules, bonding and links to chemical properties
  • periodic table and symbols of elements
  • atomic mass and molecular weight
  • moles and molarity
  • chemical formulae and balancing equations
  • chemical reactions
  • energy levels and absorption/emission spectra
  • purpose of the tests and/or procedures conducted
  • international system of units (SI)
  • principles and concepts related to equipment and instrument operation, tests and/or procedures
  • requirements for cleaning up spills and reporting faulty or unsafe equipment, hazards and incidents.
  • concepts of metrology, including:
  • all measurements are estimates
  • precision, accuracy and significant figures
  • sources of error, uncertainty and repeatability
  • traceability
  • function of key components of the equipment and instrument and reagents and effects of modifying equipment and instrument variables
  • common causes of analytical errors
  • calibration requirements and basic equipment and method troubleshooting procedures
  • sample preparation procedures for the tests and/or procedures conducted
  • traceability requirements
  • awareness of environmental sustainability issues as they relate to the work task
  • legal, ethical and work health and safety (WHS) requirements specific to the work task.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions and contingencies. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

  • use of suitable facilities, equipment and resources, including:
  • a standard laboratory equipped with appropriate sample preparation and test equipment, instruments, standards and reagents
  • workplace procedures and standard methods
  • records, including test and calibration results; equipment use, maintenance and servicing history, and faulty or unsafe equipment.


Assessors must satisfy the NVR/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors.

Links

MSL Laboratory Operations Companion Volume Implementation Guide is available from VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5c63a03b-4a6b-4ae5-9560-1e3c5f462baa