Course Title: Prepare and maintain the work area

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3178

Course Title: Prepare and maintain the work area

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 30.0

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Design (TAFE)

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term2 2008

Course Contact: Paul Ross

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9422

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake basic housekeeping functions and retrieve and deliver materials including chemicals and liquid waste within the workplace.

This unit requires the individual to prepare and maintain the work area according to OHS and enterprise procedures.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this unit, but it is an intergral part of other units such as:

ICPSU202A Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine
ICPSU201A Prepare, load and unload reels and cores

ICPSU261A Follow OH&S Practices and identify environmental hazards

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICPSU203A Prepare and maintain the work area


1.  Perform general cleaning duties

2.  Maintain supplies of materials

3. Store and retrieve artwork, information, used plates and film

4.  Handle chemicals and liquid waste

Learning Outcomes

OHS in relation to operating machinery such as safely switching off machinery before cleaning is started

Communication of ideas and information by suppling materials when needed and conveying information between production workers and stores people

Sorting and removing waste from the production area; before, during and after production

Collecting, analysing and organising information by accessing and using MSDSs; using basic inventory procedures

Planning and organising activities by confirming and organising tasks

Teamwork when working with others to ensure that correct consumables and materials are available when needed

Mathematical ideas and techniques by calculating dilution factors for cleaning materials / chemicals to ensure correct and safe handling; calculating weights of materials to ensure safe handling

Problem-solving skills by applying the correct procedure for dealing with spilt chemicals

Use of technology by using manual handling equipment to move supplies

Overview of Assessment

Evidence for assessment may be gathered from assessment of the unit of competency alone or through an integrated assessment activity

Demonstrate cleaning, delivery of materials, equipment, artwork, information, necessary for production.

Used plates, film, chemical and liquid and solid waste handling (if relevant to the workplace) are treated, stored and removed according to the listed Performance Criteria .

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge.

The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Demonstration of the Performance Criteria in a workplace or simulated workplace environment. 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.