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Fixing Steel In Situ in the Workplace

Level 2
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in Fixing Steel In Situ in the Workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when fixing steel in situ.

  • 1.1. - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, specifications, schedules, bending schedules, method statements, risk assessments and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2. - Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statements.
  • 1.3. - Describe the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented.
  • 1.4. - Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to:
    • drawings, site instructions, specifications, schedules, bending schedules, method statements, risk assessments, manufacturers' information, current regulations and official guidance associated with fixing steel reinforcement.

Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when fixing steel in situ.

  • 2.1. - Describe their responsibilities potential accidents and health hazards, whilst working:
    • in the workplace, below ground level, at height, in confined spaces, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting. 
  • 2.2. - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
  • 2.3. - Explain what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.

Maintain safe and healthy working practices when fixing steel in situ.

  • 3.1. - Use health and safety control equipment and access equipment (if applicable) safely to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when fixing steel in situ.
  • 3.2. -
    Comply with information relating to specific risks to health when fixing steel in situ.

  • 3.3. - Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection, should be used, relating to fixing steel in situ, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation and general work environment, in relation to:
    • collective protective measures
    • personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
    • local exhaust ventilation (LEV).
  • 3.4. - Describe how the relevant health and safety control equipment should be used in accordance with the given instructions.
  • 3.5. -
    Describe how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.


Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to fix steel in situ.

  • 4.1. - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings, tools and equipment.
  • 4.2. - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    • pre-cut and bent components, reinforcement steel, tie wire and spacers
    • hand and/or portable power tools and equipment.
  • 4.3. - Describe how the resources should be used correctly and how problems associated with the resources are reported.
  • 4.4. - Explain why the organisational procedures have been developed and how they are used for the selection of required resources.
  • 4.5. - Describe any potential hazards associated with the resources and methods of work.
  • 4.6. - Describe how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method/procedure to fix steel in situ.

Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when fixing steel in situ.

  • 5.1. - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.
  • 5.2. - Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 5.3. - Dispose of waste in accordance with current legislation.
  • 5.4. - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 5.5. - Explain why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers’ information, statutory regulations and official guidance.

Complete the work within the allocated time when fixing steel in situ.

  • 6.1. - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 6.2. - Describe the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    • types of progress charts, timetables and estimated times
    • organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.

Comply with the given contract information to fix steel in situ to the required specification.

  • 7.1. - Demonstrate the following work skills when fixing steel in situ:
    • sorting, measuring, marking out, fitting, positioning and securing.
  • 7.2. - Install in situ, reinforcement steel or prefabricated sections of reinforcement steel to given working instructions in order to form four of the following concrete structures:
    • beams
    • bases
    • columns
    • slabs
    • staircases
    • walls.
  • 7.3. - Safely use and handle materials, hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.4. - Safely store the materials, tools and equipment used when fixing steel in situ.
  • 7.5. - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    • extract details from steel fixing drawings (hardcopy, digital and building information modelling)
    • complete work to agreed quality criteria
    • identify grades of steel
    • work to given tolerance
    • fix steel in situ for horizontal and vertical elements
    • relate shaped steel to bending schedules
    • identify sequence of fixing
    • identify integration and interface with embedded items
    • prepare mesh and steel bar for in situ installation
    • prepare prefabricated steel sections for in situ installation
    • install mesh, steel bar, spacers, cover block and ties in situ
    • position chairs, cover blocks and spacers
    • secure reinforcement steel in situ
    • secure prefabricated sections of reinforcement steel in situ
    • incorporate reinforcement coupler and continuity systems
    • move and position steel
    • sort, store and protect steel and fixings
    • use hand tools, portable power tools and equipment
    • work at height
    • use access equipment
  • 7.6. - Describe the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when fixing steel in situ.
  • 7.7. - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when fixing steel in situ.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed against four of the following endorsements:
– Beams
– Bases
– Columns
– Slabs
– Staircases
– Walls

Qualifications offering this unit

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