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Preparing Background Surfaces for Plasterwork in the Workplace

Level 1
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in preparing background surfaces for plasterwork in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when preparing background surfaces for plasterwork.
  • 1.1 - Describe the different types of instruction used with the method/procedure to prepare background surfaces for plasterwork.
  • 1.2 - Describe their responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below ground level, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 1.3 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
  • 1.4 - State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
2 Maintain safe working practices when preparing background surfaces for plasterwork.
  • 2.1 - Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and access equipment/working platforms safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when preparing background surfaces for plasterwork.
  • 2.2 - Explain why and when personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to preparing background surfaces for plasterwork, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type.
  • 2.3 - 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.
3 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to prepare background surfaces for plasterwork.
  • 3.1 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - hand and/or powered tools and equipment.
  • 3.2 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to tools and equipment.
  • 3.3 - State how the resources should be used correctly.
  • 3.4 - Outline potential hazards associated with the resources and method of work.
  • 3.5 - Describe how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method/procedure to prepare background surfaces for plasterwork.
4 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when preparing background surfaces for plasterwork.
  • 4.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
  • 4.2 -  Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 4.3 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 4.4 - Dispose of waste in accordance with legislation.
  • 4.5 - State why the disposal of waste should be carried out in relation to the work.
5 Complete the work within the allocated time when preparing background surfaces for plasterwork.
  • 5.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 5.2 - State the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to agreed starting and finishing times.
6 Comply with the given contract information to prepare background surfaces for plasterwork to the required specification.
  • 6.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when preparing background surfaces for plasterwork:
    - measuring, marking out, cutting, keying and brushing.
  • 6.2 - Prepare brick, stone and/or block backgrounds to receive solid and/or fibrous plaster to contractor's working instructions, relating to:
    - removing loose or semi-loose material
    - removing obstructions.
  • 6.3 - Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - prepare solid plaster backgrounds and/or fibrous plaster backgrounds to receive plasterwork
    - method of calculating area of background to be prepared
    - work at height
    - use hand tools, power tools and equipment.
  • 6.4 - Safely use and store hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 6.5 - State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when preparing background surfaces for plasterwork.
  • 6.6 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when preparing background surfaces for plasterwork.
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.
This unit must be assessed against one of the following endorsements:
- Solid
- Fibrous.

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