Course Title: Prepare and maintain the work area

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2008

Course Code: EMPL5432C

Course Title: Prepare and maintain the work area

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3178 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing)

Course Contact : Paul Ross

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9422

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Nominal Hours: 30

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

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

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICPSU203A Prepare and maintain the work area


1. Perform general cleaning duties

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Requirements for cleaning duties are identified

1.2  Personal safety equipment, where needed, is selected and used according to OHS and enterprise  procedures

1.3 Appropriate cleaning equipment and chemicals / detergents for specific tasks are determined, prepared and mixed to manufacturer’s specifications and OHS procedures

1.4  Procedures for handling, storage and correct disposal of cleaning liquids are carried out according to enterprise, OHS and EPA specifications

1.5 Cleaning is carried out to OHS and enterprise requirements


2. Maintain supplies of materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Requests are received, where relevant, and tasks are confirmed and organised according to specific procedures

2.2  Tools and equipment are identified, stored and maintained according to manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure ease of access and operator safety

2.3  Appropriate equipment for transferring material or equipment is identified and organised, where relevant 

2.4  Material or equipment is loaded and unloaded using suitable equipment (other than forklift) according to materials handling requirements, safe work practices and correct manual handling techniques

2.5  Material is transferred to correct destination in a safe manner


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Inventory control procedures are followed to ensure correct filing and retrieval of artwork, information, used plates and film

3.2  Artwork and other materials are stored and retrieved according to enterprise procedures to ensure preservation 


4. Handle chemicals and liquid waste

Performance Criteria:

4.1  Material safety data sheets are used to identify safe chemical handling procedures

4.2  Chemicals and liquid waste are handled according to manufacturer’s specifications and enterprise OHS requirements

4.3  The correct procedure for dealing with spilt chemicals is demonstrated according to OHS requirements

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

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is applicable to all sectors of pre-press, printing, screen printing, corrugating, and converting and finishing and will give the learner the opportunity to perform housekeeping and cleaning duties in a workplace simulated environment.

It will cover the use of manual, mechanical and electronic equipment used in the production process.

Learners will be given instruction in the safe handling and use of both wet and dry chemicals.

Teaching Schedule

The unit is delivered as a support unit and is intergrated into and delivered over the course of the Program.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.

Assessment Tasks

Learners will be required to prepare and maintain the area around machines, ensuring that all tripping, slipping, dust and fire hazards are rectified in a timely manner.

Tools required for the process are put back in place prior to production commencing.

Chemicals, rags and other cleaning materials required for the process are brought to the operating area.

Response sheets are completed accurately.

Students must achieve competency in all aspects of the assessment.

Assessment Matrix

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