This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to work safely on construction sites where the worker has the potential to fall from one level to another.
This unit of competency does not cover the erection of scaffold or work platforms, but it does include identifying and reporting common faults with scaffold or work platform systems.
Work at heights is undertaken in a range of construction work, including new construction, renovation, refurbishment and maintenance.
This unit also applies to workers in other industries who need to control the two separate risks associated with people and objects falling from heights.
Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of RIIWHS204E Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit of competency in some states and territories. For further information, check with the relevant regulatory authority.
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The custom training program includes:
- hazard identification and risk control
- job safety and environmental analyses (JSEAs)
- safe work method statements (SWMSs)
- safety data sheets (SDSs)
- safety manuals and instructions for plant
- safety signs and load charts for plant
- signage and barricades
- selection, fitting and use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- environmental and worksite safety plans
- reporting problems
- assessment of weather and ground conditions
- assessment of conditions and hazards
- determination of work requirements
- identification of equipment defects
- inspection of worksites