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Placing and compacting concrete in the workplace

Reference
M/615/6032
Level
Level 2
Credit Value
11
Guided Learning Hours
37
 
Aim
The aim of the unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in placing and compacting concrete 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 placing and compacting concrete.
  • 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, oral and written instructions, current regulations governing buildings and official guidance associated with the placement and compaction of concrete.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when placing and compacting concrete.
  • 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 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 placing and compacting concrete.
  • 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 placing and compacting concrete.
  • 3.2 - Demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when placing and compacting concrete in relation to 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 placing and compacting concrete, 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 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 place and compact concrete.
  • 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:
    - aggregates, cements, concrete, reinforcement, membranes, release agents, anti-heave materials, moulds, additives and retardants
    - hand tools portable power tools and equipment, slump test equipment, skips, compaction equipment, poker vibrator, tampers, floats and trowels.
  • 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 place and compact concrete.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when placing and compacting concrete.
  • 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 placing and compacting concrete.
  • 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 place and compact concrete to the required specification.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when placing and compacting concrete:
    - measuring, marking out, inspecting, receiving, handling, transporting, placing, spreading, levelling, vibrating, compacting, testing and protecting.
  • 7.2 - Use and maintain hand tools, portable power tools, plant or machinery and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.3 - Place, lay and compact concrete to given working instructions using three of the following placement methods
    - chute
    - elephant's trunk
    - skip
    - pump
    - mono-rail
    - manually.
  • 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 installation quality requirements
    – conform to agreed specification
    – confirm integrity of formwork and temporary supports
    – handle and transport concrete
    – place concrete using shuts, elephant’s trunk, skip, pump, mono-rail and manually
    – visually assess the quality of the concrete prior to and during pouring and placement
    – extract samples for testing
    – work with, around and in close proximity to plant and machinery
    – direct and guide the operations and movement of plant and machinery
    – compact and finish concrete
    – protect concrete to assist the curing process
    – apply curing accelerants and aids
    – recognise requirements for working with concretes containing additives for waterproofing and retardants
    – 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, plant, machinery 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 placing and compacting concrete.
  • 7.6 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when placing and compacting concrete.
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 - https://www.citb.co.uk/qualifications-standards/qualification-framework/
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 THREE of the following endorsements:
- Chute
- Elephants trunk
- Skip
- Pump
- Mono-rail
- Manual.

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