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Placing and Finishing Non-Specialist Concrete in the Workplace

Reference
R/504/6774
Level
Level 2
Credit Value
21
Guided Learning Hours
70
 
Aim
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in Placing and Finishing Non-specialist 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 finishing non-specialist concrete.
  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, risk assessments, method statements, specifications, schedules 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, risk assessments, method statements, specifications, schedules, manufacturers' information and current regulations associated with placing and finishing non-specialist concrete.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when placing and finishing non-specialist concrete.
  • 2.1 - Describe their responsibilities regarding potential accidents and health hazards, 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.
  • 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 finishing non-specialist concrete.
  • 3.1 - Use health and safety control equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when placing and finishing non-specialist concrete.
  • 3.2 - Comply with information relating to specific risks to health when placing and finishing non-specialist concrete.
  • 3.3 - Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection, should be used, relating to placing and finishing non-specialist 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 hazards.
4 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to place and finish non-specialist concrete.
  • 4.1 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components and fixings, and tools and equipment.
  • 4.2 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - concrete, fabric reinforcement, timber, plywood, proprietary slab edgings and fixings
    - hand 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 how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method/procedure to place and finish non-specialist concrete.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when placing and finishing non-specialist concrete.
  • 5.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.
  • 5.2 - Minimise damage and 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 finishing non-specialist 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 finish non-specialist concrete to the required specification.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when placing and finishing non-specialist concrete:
    - measuring, marking out, laying, compacting, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • 7.2 - Lay and finish concrete to given working instructions for three of the following:
    - concrete slabs/bases (footing, oversites or paths)
    - form slab edging
    - position reinforcement
    - form surface finish (tamped, floated, brushed and trowelled).
  • 7.3 - Safely use materials, hand tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.4 - Safely store the materials, tools and equipment used when placing and finishing non-specialist concrete.
  • 7.5 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    – handle, transport and test concrete
    – transport, lay, compact, cure and protect concrete with tamped, floated, brushed and trowelled finishes
    – cure and protect
    – place fabric reinforcement
    – concrete mix ratios (volume and gauge boxes)
    – place concrete into formwork and shuttering
    – form slab edging
    – work with plant and machinery
    – use hand tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.6 - Describe the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when placing and finishing non-specialist concrete.
  • 7.7 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when placing and finishing non-specialist 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:
– Concrete slabs/bases
– Form slab edging
– Position reinforcement
– Form surface finish.

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