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Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

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You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.
The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing. With colleges and schools now closed and the country in effect ‘locked down’, other than essential services, we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

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All our staff are working from home, so we are still offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.
Certificates for regulated qualifications and cards are being issued to centres in the normal way.
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We are providing digital on-line support, including offering WebEx interviews, developing online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and digital content support.

Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you on or 0300 999 1177 (Option 1).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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Utilising Provision of Fall Protection Systems and/or Equipment 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 utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment.
  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract information from plans, drawings, specifications, method statements, risk assessments, schedules and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2 - Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statement.
  • 1.3 - State 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, method statements, risk assessments, schedules, manufacturers' information, regulations and official guidance associated with the provision of fall protection systems.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment.
  • 2.1 - Describe their responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, 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 - State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
3 Avoid risk by maintaining safe working practices when utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment.
  • 3.1 - Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and access equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment.
  • 3.2 - Explain why, when and how personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type.
  • 3.3 - State 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.
4 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to utilise provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment.
  • 4.1 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - collective protective equipment
    - full body harness
    - lanyard with and without shock absorber
    - associated hooks, rings and buckles
    - tools and equipment.
  • 4.2 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials and components, tools and equipment.
  • 4.3 - State how the resources should be used correctly, how problems associated with the resources are reported and how the organisational procedures are used.
  • 4.4 - Outline potential hazards associated with the resources and method of work.
  • 4.5 - Describe how to calculate quantity associated with the method/procedure to utilise provision of fall protection systems.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment.
  • 5.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
  • 5.2 - Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 5.3 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 5.4 - Dispose of waste in accordance with legislation.
  • 5.5 - State why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance.
6 Complete the work within the allocated time when utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment.
  • 6.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 6.2 - State 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.
7 Comply with the given contract information to utilise provision of fall protection systems to the required specification and/or equipment.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment:
    - wearing, attaching, setting out, positioning, securing, checking and removing.
  • 7.2 - Employ and utilise fall protection systems and/or equipment to given working instructions, using recognised anchor points for two of the following:
    - scaffold/rigging
    - secured steelwork structures
    - wire and rope systems
    - permanently installed anchorage points
    - temporary anchorage points
    - track systems
    - proprietary systems.
  • 7.3 - Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - locate and position fall protection systems
    - wear safety harnesses, attach and secure to fall protection system's equipment
    - identify the differences between, fall arrest, restraint and access systems and harnesses
    - identify the differences between shock absorbent and restraining lanyards
    - visually inspect the fall protection system and equipment for security, safety and operational movement
    - identify the thorough examination and test criteria for fall protection equipment (inertia reels, eyebolts and anchor points)
    - apply hierarchy of control measures for working at height
    - detach and remove fall protection attire and equipment
    - comply with a rescue plan
    - use hand tools
    - use access equipment.
  • 7.4 - Safely use and store materials, hand tools, and fall protection systems and equipment.
  • 7.5 - State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when utilising provision for fall protection systems.
  • 7.6 - Describe how to maintain the tools, systems and equipment used when utilising provision of fall protection systems and/or equipment.
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.

This unit must be assessed against own occupational area of work and two of the following endorsements:
- Scaffold/rigging
- Secured steelwork structures
- Wire and rope systems
- Permanent anchorage points
- Temporary anchorage points
- Track systems
- Proprietary systems.

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