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Removing non-hazardous waste 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 Removing non-hazardous waste 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 removing non-hazardous waste.

  • 1.1. - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, specifications, 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, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, manufacturers’ information, current official guidance, approved Codes of Practice and current regulations associated with removing non-hazardous waste. 

Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when removing non-hazardous waste.

  • 2.1. - Describe their responsibilities regarding potential accidents, health hazards and the environment, whilst working:
    – in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement and storage of materials 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, operative, skips and vehicles.
  • 2.3. - Explain what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.

Maintain safe and healthy working practices when removing non-hazardous waste.

  • 3.1. - Use health and safety control equipment safely and comply with the methods of work to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when removing non-hazardous waste.
  • 3.2. - Demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when removing non-hazardous waste in relation to the following:
    – safe use, storage and handling of materials, tools and equipment
    – safe use of access equipment
    – specific risks to health and the environment.
  • 3.3. - Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of prevention should be used, relating to removing non-hazardous waste, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation and general work environment, in relation to:
    – collective protective measures
    – local exhaust ventilation (LEV)
    – personal protective equipment (PPE)
    – respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
  • 3.4. - Describe how the relevant health and safety control equipment should be used in accordance with the given working instructions.
  • 3.5. - Describe how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries, site specific hazards and other task-related activities.

Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to remove non-hazardous waste.

  • 4.1. - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, tools and equipment.
  • 4.2. - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    – containers
    – storage areas and equipment
    – protective clothing and equipment
    – specified hand tools, portable power tools and equipment.
  • 4.3. - Describe how to confirm that the resources and materials conform to the specification.
  • 4.4. - Describe how the resources should be used correctly and how problems associated with the resources are reported.
  • 4.5. - Explain why the organisational procedures have been developed and how they are used for the selection of required resources.
  • 4.6. - Describe any potential hazards associated with the resources and methods of work.
  • 4.7. - Describe how to assess quantity, length, area, weight and wastage associated with the method and procedure to remove non-hazardous waste.

Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when removing non-hazardous waste.

  • 5.1. - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.
  • 5.2. - Maintain a safe, clear and clean work space.
  • 5.3. - Segregate and 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, members of the public 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 and industry guidance.

Complete the work within the allocated time when removing non-hazardous waste.

  • 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 timetables and estimated times
    – organisational procedures for reporting and whistleblowing procedures.

Comply with the given contract information to remove non-hazardous waste to the required specification.

  • 7.1. - Demonstrate the following work skills when removing non-hazardous waste:
    – quantifying, segregating, positioning, collecting, containing, storing and removing.
  • 7.2. - Use and maintain specified hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.3. - Remove, prepare, sort, store and dispose of at least three materials defined as non-hazardous waste by current legislation to given working instructions.
  • 7.4. - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    – undertake the removal in accordance with the method statement and the quality requirements
    – ensure sustainability in the built environment, including opportunities for reuse
    – restrict environmental effects of waste
    – identify non-hazardous waste
    – prepare and sort non-hazardous waste
    – contain non-hazardous waste
    – identify suitable storage areas
    – store non-hazardous waste
    – remove non-hazardous waste
    – understand the implications of working with and around services including electrical, gas and water
    – recognise and determine when specialist skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly
    – recognise specific requirements for structures and areas of special interest, traditional build (pre 1919) and historical significance
    – work with, around and in close proximity to plant and machinery
    – use specified hand tools, portable power tools and equipment
    – work at height
    – work in confined spaces
    – use access equipment.
  • 7.5. - Describe the needs of other occupations and how to communicate effectively within a team when removing non-hazardous waste.
  • 7.6. - Describe how to maintain the specified hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment used when removing non-hazardous waste.
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. Please refer to the hyperlink for clarity -
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.

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