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Preparing areas for concrete flooring in the workplace

Reference
T/506/3857
Level
Level 2
Credit Value
15
Guided Learning Hours
50
 
Aim
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in Preparing areas for concrete flooring 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 preparing areas for concrete flooring.
  • 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, work instructions, electronic data, manufacturers' information, and current regulations.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when preparing areas for concrete flooring.
  • 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/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 preparing areas for concrete flooring.
  • 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 preparing areas for concrete flooring.
  • 3.2 - Demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when preparing areas for concrete flooring in relation to:
    - safe handling of materials
    - safe use and storage 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 protection, should be used, relating to preparing areas for concrete flooring, 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 prepare areas for concrete flooring.
  • 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:
    - formwork, reinforcement, dowels, membranes, joint formers
    - concrete ancillaries (spacers, tying wires)
    - fill materials and blinding (sand and concrete)
    - hand tools, portable power tools, plant, machinery and ancillary 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, volume and wastage associated with the method/procedure to prepare areas for concrete flooring.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when preparing areas for concrete flooring.
  • 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 preparing areas for concrete flooring.
  • 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 prepare areas for concrete flooring to the required specification.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when preparing areas for concrete flooring:
    - measuring, marking out, trimming, inspecting, compacting, positioning, aligning, levelling, fixing, cutting, installing, locating, securing and protecting.
  • 7.2 - Use and maintain hand tools, portable power tools, plant or machinery and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.3 - Prepare areas to lay concrete floors to given working instructions relating to three of the following:
    - substrate preparation
    - timber formwork erection
    - proprietary formwork erection
    - reinforcement installation
    - membranes installation.
  • 7.4 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - prepare ground bearing and suspended floor areas
    - locate and protect services (water, gas, electric and waste) including overhead utilities
    - protect existing structures
    - work around, in close proximity with, plant and machinery
    - direct and guide plant and machinery.
  • 7.5 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - inspect and test formation
    - determine finish floor levels
    - spread, trim and compact sub-base to line and level
    - measure and confirm sub-base levels
    - inspect and test area to be prepared.
  • 7.6 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    – position and fix timber and proprietary formwork and to line and level including; joint systems, isolation details, box-outs and thresholds
    – form falls and gradients
    – cut joint, install and seal membranes
    – preparation of existing construction joints
    – locate and secure joints / and void formers
    – cut, locate and secure reinforcement and dowels and debonding sleeves.
  • 7.7 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - meet agreed quality criteria
    - protect prepared area
    - record and report
    - recognise and determine when specific skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly
    - use hand tools, portable power tools, machinery and equipment
    - work at height.
  • 7.8 - Describe the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when preparing areas for concrete flooring.
  • 7.9 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when preparing areas for concrete flooring.
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 THREE of the endorsements detailed below;
Substrate preparation
Timber formwork erection
Proprietary formwork erection
Reinforcement installation
Membranes installation