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Stabilising steep slopes in the workplace

Reference
L/615/6040
Level
Level 2
Credit Value
25
Guided Learning Hours
83
Grading Type
Pass/Fail
Aim
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and
understanding required to confirm competence in stabilising steep
slopes 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 stabilising steep slopes.
  • 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, site specific safety rules, current regulations governing buildings and official guidance associated with the stabilisation of slopes.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when stabilising steep slopes.
  • 2.1 - Describe their responsibilities regarding potential accidents, health hazards and the environment whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below cut slope level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement and 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 - Explain what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
3 Maintain safe and healthy working practices when stabilising steep slopes.
  • 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 stabilising steep slopes.
  • 3.2 - Demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when stabilising steep slopes in relation to two of the following:
    - safe use of access equipment
    - safe use, storage and handling of materials, tools and equipment
    - specific risks to health.
  • 3.3 - Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of prevention, should be used, relating to stabilising steep slopes, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation and general work environment, in relation to:
    - collective protective measures
    - personal protective equipment (PPE)
    - respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
    - local exhaust ventilation (LEV).
  • 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.
4 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to stabilise steep slopes.
  • 4.1 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings, tools and equipment.
  • 4.2 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - soil nails, grout and grouting equipment
    - plates, nuts and proprietary facing units
    - mats, barriers and ancillaries
    - erosion protection materials
    - hand tools, portable power tools and equipment.
  • 4.3 - Describe how the resources should be used correctly and how problems associated with the resources are reported.
  • 4.4 - Explain why the organisational procedures have been developed and how they are used for the selection of required resources.
  • 4.5 - Describe any potential hazards associated with the resources and methods of work.
  • 4.6 - Describe the methods of calculating quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method and procedure to stabilise steep slopes.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when stabilising steep slopes.
  • 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.
6 Complete the work within the allocated time when stabilising steep slopes.
  • 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 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 stabilise steep slopes to the required specification.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when stabilising steep slopes:
    - measuring, setting out, trimming, grouting, securing and placing.
  • 7.2 - Use and maintain hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.3 - Stabilise steep slopes as a retaining structure to given working instructions relating to the following:
    - carry out earthworks
    - install soil nails in drilled holes
    - align and secure facing
    - install safety, protection and erosion measures
  • 7.4 - Describe how to apply safe and heathy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    – identify installation quality requirements
    – conform to agreed specification
    – store and prepare equipment and materials
    – confirm location and protection of services
    – identify the characteristics of steep slope stabilisation for cuttings and embankments
    – identify and confirm datum
    – mark out to line and level
    – set out for slope and soil nails
    – excavate, set aside and dispose of spoils
    – work with, around and in close proximity to plant and machinery
    – direct and guide the operations of plant and machinery
    – install soil nails into drilled holes
    – apply grout
    – assemble and position proprietary facing units (PFU)
    – fix head plates to soil nails
    – align and secure facings
    – secure soil separation mats
    – install barriers and erosion protection measures
    – recognise and determine when additional specialist skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly
    – determine specific requirements for structures of special interest, traditional build (pre 1919) and historical significance
    – use hand tools, portable power tools and equipment
    – work at height
    – use access equipment.
  • 7.5 - Describe the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when stabilising steep slopes.
  • 7.6 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when stabilising steep slopes.
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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