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CPCCWHS1001: Prepare to Work Safely in the
Construction Industry


This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) induction training within the construction industry. It requires the ability to demonstrate personal awareness of OHS legislative requirements, and the basic principles of risk management and prevention of injury and illness in the construction industry. Licensing requirements will apply to this unit of competency depending on the regulatory requirements of each jurisdiction.

Application Of Unit

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the basic OHS knowledge required prior to undertaking designated work tasks within any of the sectors within the construction industry. The unit relates directly to the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2006).

What the course will cover

Identify health and safety legislative requirements of construction work

1 Basic roles, responsibilities and rights of duty holders are identified and explained according to jurisdictional health and safety legislative requirements.
2. Duty of care requirements are identified.
3. Construction safe work practices are identified and explained.

Identify construction hazards and risk control measures.

1. Basic principles of risk management are identified.
2. Construction hazards are identified and discussed.
3. Purpose and use of PPE are identified and demonstrated.
4. Measures for controlling hazards are identified.

Identify health and safety communication and reporting processes

1.Health and safety documents are identified and discussed.
2. Roles of designated health and safety personnel are identified and explained.
3. Safety signs and symbols are identified and explained.
4. Procedures for reporting hazards, incidents and injuries are identified.

Identify incident and emergency response
  1. Procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies are identified and explained.
  2. Procedures for accessing first aid are identified.
  3. Types and purpose of fire safety equipment are identified and discussed.

Skills and Knowledge

Click to Learn Skills you will gain from completing this course
  • The person must:
     identify and orally report two construction hazards
     orally explain how risk could be reduced or removed in relation to those two hazards
     select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to control the risk
     orally explain basic procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies, including types and purpose of the following fire safety equipment:
     fire blankets
     fire extinguishers, including water, carbon dioxide, powder and foam
     hose reels and mains
     identify and orally explain the meaning of required safety signs and symbols
     orally explain the purpose of job safety analyses (JSAs), safe work method statements
    (SWMS) and safety data sheets (SDS)
     orally explain the roles of the following designated health and safety personnel:
     first aid officers
     work health and safety representatives
     work health and safety committee members
     supervisors.
    The person must also demonstrate correctly fitting to themselves the PPE listed below:
     eye protection
     hearing protection
     hard hat
     high visibility retro reflective vest.
Click to Learn Knowledge you will gain from completing this course

A person must demonstrate knowledge of:
 basic duty of care, and the roles, rights and responsibilities of business owners and workers in relation to working safely while undertaking construction work
 basic meaning of the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’
 basic principles of risk management, including the following five steps in order:
 identify hazard
 assess risk
 consult and report
 control hazard
 review
 basic procedures for accessing first aid
 construction hazards, including those relating to:
 asbestos
 confined spaces
 electrical: power lines, cords and equipment
 excavations and trenches, including underground services
 dust
 falling objects
 hazardous substances and dangerous goods
 hot and cold work environments
 manual handling
 noise
 plant and equipment operation
 traffic and mobile plant
 unplanned collapse
 ultraviolet radiation
 working at heights, including scaffolding
 construction work that requires a high risk work licence
 types, purpose and use of PPE used in construction, as specified in the performance evidence, and including safety footwear, harnesses and respiratory protection, and ultraviolet (UV) protective clothing and sunscreen
 construction emergencies, including:
 chemical spill
 fire
 injury to personnel
 structural collapse
 toxic or flammable vapour emission
 vehicle or mobile plant accident
 construction incidents, including:
 incidents resulting in personal injury or damage to property
 near misses or dangerous occurrences that do not cause injury but may pose an
immediate and significant risk to persons or property, and need to be reported so that action can be taken to prevent recurrence
 safe work practices that should be followed in construction work, including:
 accessing and using site amenities for drinking water, hand washing and toilets
 following safety procedures when performing work tasks and using equipment
 identifying and reporting hazards, incidents and injuries in the workplace
 keeping the work area clean, tidy and free from debris
 not using or being affected by drugs and/or alcohol while at work
 preventing bullying and harassment in the workplace
 selecting and using required PPE
 smoking only in designated areas
 storing and removing waste and debris in designated areas
 meanings and symbols associated with construction safety signs, symbols and tags, including:
 emergency information signs: exits, emergency equipment and first aid
 fire signs: location of fire alarms and firefighting equipment
 hazard signs and symbols: danger and warning
 regulatory signs and symbols: prohibition, mandatory and limitation or restriction
 safety and lockout tags: danger and out-of-service tags


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