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Installing fire resisting ductwork systems 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 Installing fire resisting ductwork systems 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 installing fire resisting ductwork systems.

  • 1.1. - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, work instructions, fire performance documentation/certification, 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, work instructions, fire performance documentation/certification, manufacturers' information, official guidance,Codes of Practice, guidance documents and current regulations/guidance relating to install fire resisting ductwork systems.

Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when installing fire resisting ductwork systems.

  • 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 in buildings. 
  • 2.2. - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company, operative, vehicles and tools.
  • 2.3. - Explain what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
  • 2.4. - Describe the types of fire extinguishers available when installing fire resisting ductwork systems and describe how and when they are used.

Maintain safe and healthy working practices when installing fire resisting ductwork systems.

  • 3.1. - Use health and safety control equipment safely and comply with the methods of work and safety control measures to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when installing fire resisting ductwork systems.
  • 3.2. - Demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when installing fire resisting ductwork systems in relation to the following:
    – safe use and storage and handling of access apparatus, working platforms and tools
    – safe use, storage and handling of materials
    – 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 installing fire resisting ductwork systems, 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 and other task-related activities.
  • 3.6. - Demonstrate the safe use of a fire extinguisher relevant to a typical fire associated with installing fire resisting ductwork systems as relevant to the operations.

Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to install fire resisting ductwork systems.

  • 4.1. - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, tools and equipment.
  • 4.2. - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    – prefabricated duct systems, primary duct systems and secondary duct protection systems
    – pre-coated steel ducts, metal faced board, rigid board, and stone wool board/wrap
    – steel angles, channels and rods, cover strip, fixings, adhesive and sealants
    – 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 measure quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method and procedure to install fire resisting ductwork systems.

Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when installing fire resisting ductwork systems.

  • 5.1. - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.
  • 5.2. - 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 installing fire resisting ductwork systems.

  • 6.1. - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 6.2. - Describe the purpose of the work programme and explain why timescales and deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    – organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.

Comply with the given contract information to installing fire resisting ductwork systems to the required specification.

  • 7.1. - Demonstrate the following work skills when installing fire resisting ductwork systems:
    – measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, drilling, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • 7.2. - Use and maintain hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment. 
  • 7.3. - Install and/or repair at least one of the following fire resisting ductwork and supporting systems to given working instructions for:
    – kitchen extraction
    – smoke extraction
    – ventilation
    – pressurisation systems
    – car park ductwork.
  • 7.4. - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    – identify and follow the installation quality requirements
    – ensure the integrity of the substrate
    – install and repair fire resisting ductwork and supporting systems for kitchen extraction, smoke extraction, ventilation, pressurisation systems, car park ductwork
    – verify that the supporting system components are compliant with overall fire performance of the ducting system
    – install fire resisting cladding to existing ductwork and appropriate supporting systems
    – understand the purpose of the ductwork being installed
    – understand the correct use and methods of installation of inspection hatches
    – understand the implications of the generic interfaces between systems types
    – understand the function of fire compartments
    – understand the types of and installation of fire dampers
    – recognise and determine when specialist skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly
    – work with, around and in close proximity to plant and machinery
    – direct and guide the operations and movement of plant and machinery
    – use hand tools, portable power tools and equipment ensuring electrical equipment has an appropriate portable appliance test (PAT)
    – work at height
    – use access equipment.
  • 7.5. - Describe the needs of other occupations in the proximity of the area and how to communicate effectively within a team when installing fire resisting ductwork systems.
  • 7.6. - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when installing fire resisting ductwork systems.
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.
One or more of the following endorsements required:
- Kitchen extraction
- Smoke extraction
- Ventilation
- Pressurisation systems
- Car park ductwork.

Qualifications offering this unit

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