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Supervising Highways Maintenance or Repair Activities in the Workplace

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in supervising highways maintenance or repair activities in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Carry out programmed maintenance or repair which will minimise disruption and maintain optimum performance.
  • 1.1 - Undertake supervision duties for at least two of the following maintenance activities and at least five of the following repair activities for at least one of the following highways:
    - scheduled and preventative
    - unscheduled and corrective
    - emergency
    - structure
    - surface
    - materials
    - markings
    - fittings
    - power and light
    - drainage
    - telecommunications
    - special services and equipment
    - landscaping
    - traffic controls
    - fencing
    - dual carriageway
    - single carriageway
    - carriageway with footway
    - motorway
    - cycle way
    - carriageway with hard shoulder.
  • 1.2 - Explain how programmed highway maintenance or repair should be supervised and carried out.
  • 1.3 - Explain how disruption to the works and general public can be minimised during maintenance or repair activities on highways.
  • 1.4 - Describe different methods that can optimise work performance during maintenance or repair activities on highways.
2 Observe current legislation and official guidance appropriate to the work environment.
  • 2.1 - Protect the workforce, the general public, visitors and the environment by the applying information from at least three of the following:
    - methods of work
    - risk assessment
    - safe use and storage of tools and materials
    - traffic management
    - emergency plans
  • 2.2 - List and describe the current legislation and official guidance that applies directly to maintenance or repair activities on highways.
3 Identify and assess faults and problems, and recommend and implement corrective action which conforms to safe working methods and practices.
  • 3.1 - Observe and evaluate preparation and work activities against given requirements and methods of work to identify highway maintenance faults and problems.
  • 3.2 - Apply corrective actions that follow safe working methods and practices to least three of the following highway maintenance faults and problems:
    - limitations of design choices
    - manufacturing and construction errors
    - installation errors
    - incorrect use
    - incorrect maintenance
  • 3.3 - Describe types of common faults and problems that can occur on highways
  • 3.4 - Explain methods that can be used to identify potential faults and problems with highways
  • 3.5 - Explain techniques and methods that allow recommendations to be made and corrective actions applied on identified highway faults and problems.
  • 3.6 - Explain how and why safe working methods and practices must be conformed to when implementing corrective actions for faults and problems with highways.
4 Update maintenance recording systems, implement them and monitor their use.
  • 4.1 - Amend maintenance recording systems whilst following organisational procedures for at least one of the following highway maintenance activities:
    - regular programmes
    - tendered works
    - responsive works
    - winter maintenance
    - traffic maintenance (signing, lighting, guarding)
    - lump sum or fixed price
  • 4.2 - Describe the types and formats of highway maintenance record systems.
  • 4.3 - Explain how maintenance record systems are updated and why they need to be updated.
5 Conduct pre-work checks to meet statutory requirements and maintain performance using safe working methods and practices.
  • 5.1 - Carry out inspections on at least one of the following during preparation work for highway maintenance or repair:
    - condition
    - performance
    - health and safety
  • 5.2 - Explain the procedures that can apply when conducting pre-work checks to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.
  • 5.3 - Explain how performance can be maintained and how safe working practices are applied whilst conducting inspections on highways.
6 Keep accurate records of work progress checks, faults, problems, corrective action and quantities involved.
  • 6.1 - Implement recording systems following organisational procedures that identifies work progress checks, faults, problems and quantities involved.
  • 6.2 - Explain the methods that can be used to keep accurate records of work progress which can detail faults and problems, corrective actions and quantities of resources involved.
  • 6.3 - Give reasons why accurate records should be kept.
7 Identify, assess and maintain the necessary resources for maintenance activities.
  • 7.1 - Select and/or acquire and maintain at least two of the following resources for at least two of the following activities:
    - people
    - plant, equipment or machinery
    - materials and components
    - sub-contractors
    - information
    - work and facilities
    - waste management
    - utility providers
    Maintenance activities
    - regular programmes
    - tendered works
    - responsive works
    - winter maintenance
    - traffic management (signing, lighting, guarding)
    - lump sum or fixed price.
  • 7.2 - Explain different ways that the necessary resources for highway maintenance or repair activities can be identified.
  • 7.3 - Explain how resources can be assessed for quality and how to maintain necessary resources for highway maintenance or repair activities.
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.

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