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Co-ordinating Preparation Work for Site or Lifting Operations in the Workplace

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Identify and use relevant information used to prepare the project or lift plans, clarify any unclear information and update for production or operational planning purposes.
  • 1.1 - Interpret and apply, for production or operational planning purposes, at least four of the following sources of information used in preparing project or lift plans:
    - survey reports
    - design documents
    - contractual documents
    - statutory consents
    - contractor's pre-planning information
    - health, safety and environmental plans
    - risk assessments and/or method statements
    - programmes
    - records about the competence of people
    - sub-contractor arrangements and attendance
    - safe systems of work.
  • 1.2 - Seek clarification about unclear information and update project or lift plans as necessary to allow efficient production.
  • 1.3 - Explain ways of identifying and using relevant information relevant to production or operational planning.
  • 1.4 - Explain the possible methods and techniques for clarifying planning information that is not clear.
  • 1.5 - Give reasons why information for production or operational planning should be updated, and describe ways that this can be done.
2 Identify factors which may affect proposed works or operations, describe and summarise accurately and pass onto people who may be affected.
  • 2.1 - Investigate at least three of the following factors to identify whether they can affect proposed works or operations:
    - occupiers
    - near neighbours
    - public access
    - site conditions
    - environmental considerations
    - vehicular access
    - security and trespass
    - public utilities
    - heritage status
  • 2.2 - Inform people who may be affected, issues that are affecting work or operational programmes using a summarised method.
  • 2.3 - Explain the methods and techniques of identifying factors that may affect work or operational programmes.
  • 2.4 - Describe ways of accurately describing, summarising and communicating factors about the proposed works or operations to people who may be affected.
  • 2.5 - Explain the consequences should factors that affect work or operational programmes not be described or summarised accurately.
3 Confirm access points for sites and works or operations which are safe and include works traffic and pedestrian segregation and minimise disruption.
  • 3.1 - Carry out consultations and identify safe access points and segregation areas for work's traffic and pedestrians for works or operations.
  • 3.2 - Agree and confirm safe access and segregation points for works traffic and pedestrians that will maintain safety and minimise disruption for projects or operations.
  • 3.3 - Explain different ways of identifying and establishing safe access points for works traffic and pedestrians for various projects or operations.
  • 3.4 - Explain methods of confirming and agreeing works traffic and pedestrian access and segregation points for various projects or operations.
  • 3.5 - Give reasons for segregating works traffic and pedestrians and explain why disruption must be minimised for various types of projects or operations.
4 Confirm arrangements for adequate site safety, welfare and security before work or operations start, and whilst working on site.
  • 4.1 - Conduct checks and confirm arrangements for site safety, welfare and security before work starts.
  • 4.2 - Conduct checks and confirm arrangements for site safety, welfare and security during work.
  • 4.3 - Explain the different methods and techniques for confirming arrangements for site safety, welfare and security before work starts and whilst working on site.
5 Confirm available resources for projects or operations before work starts.
  • 5.1 - Carry out checks and verify at least four of the following are correct and available for relevant projects or operations:
    - people
    - plant, equipment or machinery
    - materials and components
    - sub-contractors
    - information
    - work area and facilities
    - waste management
    - utility providers
  • 5.2 - Explain the methods that can confirm that resources are available and correct for projects or operations.
6 Implement the site or work area layout for operational purposes and pass on information about the plans to the people who will be working onsite.
  • 6.1 - Establish the layout of sites or work areas to effect operations and consider at least four of the following:
    - storage
    - temporary accommodation
    - work areas
    - plant
    - temporary services
    - access and egress
    - security
    - continuing use of occupiers
    - waste management
    - pollution control
    - provision for pre-fabricated components and systems
    - existing fabric
  • 6.2 - Communicate information about site or working area lay out plans to people who will be working on site or on operations.
  • 6.3 - Explain ways of implementing site or working area layouts for operational purposes.
  • 6.4 - Explain different ways of communicating site or working area plan information to those working on the site or on operations.
7 Implement the storage and use of materials and components so that materials handling and movement is efficient and wastage is minimised.
  • 7.1 - Implement systems that allow the safe and efficient storage and use of materials and components.
  • 7.2 - Ensure that materials and components are handled and moved safely and efficiently, and that wastage is minimised.
  • 7.3 - Explain possible methods and procedures for implementing effective storage areas and facilities for material supplies to be effective for various types of projects or operations.
  • 7.4 - Describe how to minimise material and component handling, movement and wastage.
8 Place and maintain notices which provide accurate information about the works or operations and which conform to statutory and site requirements.
  • 8.1 - Position accurate notices about the work or operations that conform to statutory and site requirements.
  • 8.2 - Maintain placed notices whilst ensuring that they are relevant to ongoing work programmes or operations.
  • 8.3 - Describe placing positions for an applicable range of notices relevant to typical projects or operations.
  • 8.4 - Explain methods that ensure relevant notices conform to statutory and site or operational requirements.
  • 8.5 - Explain different ways of maintaining notices and possible outcomes should notices not be maintained regularly.
9 Ensure notice has been given to all people who will be affected by the work or operation, about when it starts, for how long it will take and when it finishes.
  • 9.1 - Inform people affected by project works or operations about when works or operations start, expected durations and planned finishing or completions dates.
  • 9.2 - Explain methods and techniques on informing relevant people about time scales of the works.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment.
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.