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Unit of competency details

RIIWHS204E - Work safely at heights (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to RIIWHS204D - Work safely at heights 22/Sep/2020

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 23/Sep/2020


Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

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RII31820 - Certificate III in Drilling OperationsCertificate III in Drilling Operations
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RII30920 - Certificate III in Civil ConstructionCertificate III in Civil Construction
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RII32020 - Certificate III in Drilling Oil & Gas (Onshore)Certificate III in Drilling Oil & Gas (Onshore)
NWP30219 - Certificate III in Water Industry OperationsCertificate III in Water Industry Operations
RII20920 - Certificate II in Drilling OperationsCertificate II in Drilling Operations
UEG30120 - Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry OperationsCertificate III in Gas Supply Industry Operations
RII20120 - Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work PreparationCertificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation
RII32220 - Certificate III in Well Servicing OperationsCertificate III in Well Servicing Operations
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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  23/Sep/2020 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package Version 5.0.

Application

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.

Licensing, legislative and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories and industry sectors. Users must check requirements with relevant body before applying the unit.

Note: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

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. Identify work requirements

1.1 Obtain, interpret and confirm work requirements

1.2 Access, interpret and apply documentation required to work safely at heights

1.3 Identify and address potential risks, hazards and environmental issues, and implement control measures according to workplace procedures

1.4 Inspect worksite to determine layout and physical condition, condition of structures and equipment requirements

1.5 Adhere to legislative requirements

1.6 Select appropriate plant, tools and equipment for the job, inspect them for serviceability and rectify or report any faults prior to commencement of work activities

1.7 Select and wear personal protective equipment appropriate for work activities

1.8 Obtain and interpret emergency procedures, and be prepared for emergency situations

2. Identify work procedures and instructions

2.1 Consult with relevant personnel to select materials, tools and equipment required for the work activities

2.2 Inspect and install fall protection and perimeter protection equipment

2.3 Identify methods of moving tools and equipment to the work area according to workplace procedures

2.4 Ensure the safety system has been installed according to workplace procedures

2.5 Select and install appropriate signs and barricades according to workplace procedures

3. Access and install equipment

3.1 Consult with relevant personnel to ensure anchor fall protection and associated equipment is fitted and adjusted according to workplace procedures

3.2 Ensure all required equipment is installed according to workplace procedures

3.3 Access work area for people, tools and equipment according to workplace procedures

3.4 Locate tools and materials to eliminate or minimise the risk of items being knocked down

4. Perform work at heights

4.1 Check access from ground to work area and ensure it is safe according to workplace procedures

4.2 Keep fall equipment in place and adjusted appropriately for movement during work

4.3 Undertake manual handling of materials and equipment according to workplace procedures

4.4 Locate materials and equipment ensuring that they are safely secured and distributed according to workplace procedures

4.5 Check safety system periodically for compliance

4.6 Monitor risk control measures to ensure that they are effective and appropriate according to workplace procedures

4.7 Reassess risk control measures, as required, in accordance with workplace procedures and undertake alterations

5. Clean up work area

5.1 Consult with relevant personnel to ensure safety system is dismantled and removed according to workplace procedures

5.2 Clear work area and dispose of materials

5.3 Clean and maintain the plant and equipment, inspect for ensure serviceability and rectify or report any faults or issues to relevant personnel

5.4 Process written maintenance records according to workplace procedures

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance but not explicit in the performance criteria.

S KILL 

DESCRIPTION 

Reading

  • Identifies and interprets information from workplace procedures, documentation and regulations

Self-management

  • Monitors and minimises own exposure to worksite risks and hazards during activities

Oral communication

  • Uses a range of communication techniques and systems to communicate with others

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to RIIWHS204D Working safely at heights.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides is found on VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=88a61002-9a21-4386-aaf8-69c76e675272

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package Version 5.0.

Performance Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including evidence of the ability to:

  • 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.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including knowledge of:

  • 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.

Assessment Conditions

Mandatory conditions for assessment of this unit are stipulated below. The assessment must:

  • include access to:
  • personal protective equipment
  • equipment related to working safely at heights
  • relevant documentation
  • be conducted in a safe environment; and,
  • be assessed in the context of this sector's work environment; and,
  • be assessed in compliance with relevant legislation/regulation and using policies, procedures and processes directly related to the industry sector for which it is being assessed; and,
  • confirm consistent performance can be applied in a range of relevant workplace circumstances.

Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated work environment* provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of this sector’s workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.

Assessor requirements

Assessors must be able to clearly demonstrate current and relevant industry knowledge and experience to satisfy the mandatory regulatory standards as set out in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015/Australian Quality Training Framework mandatory requirements for assessors current at the time of assessment and any relevant licensing and certification requirements. This includes:

  • vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed
  • current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided
  • current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment
  • formal relevant qualifications in training and assessment
  • having knowledge of and/or experience using the latest techniques and processes
  • possessing the required level of RII training product knowledge
  • having an understanding and knowledge of legislation and regulations relevant to the industry and to employment and workplaces
  • demonstrating the performance evidence, and knowledge evidence outlined in this unit of competency, and
  • the minimum years of current** work experience after competency has been obtained as specified below in an industry sector relevant to the outcomes of the unit.

It is also acceptable for the appropriately qualified assessor to work with an industry expert to conduct assessment together and for the industry expert to be involved in the assessment judgement. The industry expert must have current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided. This means the industry subject matter expert must demonstrate skills and knowledge from the minimum years of current work experience after competency has been obtained as specified below, including time spent in roles related to the unit being assessed:

Industry sector 

AQF indicator level*** 

Required assessor or industry subject matter expert experience 

Drilling, Metalliferous Mining, Coal Mining, Extractive (Quarrying) and Civil Infrastructure

1

1 year

2

2 years

Drilling, Coal Mining, Extractive (Quarrying), Metalliferous Mining and Civil Infrastructure

3-6

3 years

Other sectors

Where this unit is being assessed outside of the resources and infrastructure sectors assessor and/or industry subject matter expert experience should be in-line with industry standards for the sector in which it is being assessed and where no industry standard is specified should comply with any relevant regulation.

*Guidance on simulated environments has been stipulated in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide located on VETNet.

**Assessors can demonstrate current work experience through employment within industry in a role relevant to the outcomes of the unit; or, for external assessors this can be demonstrated through exposure to industry by conducting a minimum number of site assessments as determined by the relevant industry sector, across various locations.

*** While a unit of competency does not have an AQF level, where a unit is being delivered outside of a qualification the first numeric character in the unit code should be considered as the AQF indicator level for assessment purposes.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides is found on VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=88a61002-9a21-4386-aaf8-69c76e675272