Course Title: Conduct safe handling of dry cleaning chemicals and solvents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OHTH5640C

Course Title: Conduct safe handling of dry cleaning chemicals and solvents

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3285 - Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 70

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


Course Description

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to perform spotting techniques on articles received for dry cleaning. It includes identifying a wide range of stains on a variety of fabrics, determining spotting requirements and suitable spotting agents, and carrying out spotting procedures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTDC2012A Conduct safe handling of dry cleaning chemicals and solvents


1. Access workplace information on dry cleaning chemicals and solvents

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant regulations and codes of practice relating to the control
of hazardous substances are identified
1.2 Workplace information regarding the safe handling of cleaning chemicals is accessed
1.3 Workplace procedures relating to cleaning chemicals are identified
1.4 Personal responsibilities in working with cleaning chemicals are identified
1.5 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for cleaning chemicals are identified and common terminology interpreted
1.6 Procedures for using chemicals in a cost effective manner are identified


2. Identify control measures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Risks associated with cleaning chemicals and operator use are
2.2 Measures for controlling risks associated with cleaning chemicals and operator use are identified
2.3 Personal Protective Equipment relevant to the use of cleaning chemicals are identified
2.4 Correct procedures for calculating quantities and measuring cleaning chemicals are implemented
2.5 Environmental considerations and procedures are identified
2.6 Procedures for identifying chemicals are identified


3. Apply safe handling of dry cleaning chemicals and solvents

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Personal Protective Equipment is used correctly
3.2 Work area is adequately ventilated and ignition sources eliminated
3.3 Cleaning chemicals are identified, measured, handled and stored according to OH&S practices and workplace requirements
3.4 Machinery and equipment associated with use of cleaning chemicals are operated safely
3.5 OH&S issues, faults, or emergencies are reported to the relevant personnel
3.6 Accidents and emergencies are acted upon according to procedures for the cleaning chemical
3.7 Housekeeping is conducted and work area standards maintained
3.8 Cleaning chemicals are disposed of according to regulatory
requirements and environmental considerations, including MSDS

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to Identify stains on articles, identify and understand the uses of spotting agents, determine spotting requirements and carry out spotting procedures using the equipment in a dry cleaning enterprise.

Details of Learning Activities

In general your training is contextualised according to the company’s production processes undertaken as a part of the trainees normal work duties.

Your tasks are selected for training and explanation of the task to be undertaken is given by the trainer and the correct procedure discussed. The task is demonstrated by the trainer and underpinning skills and knowledge are developed.

When the trainer is confident you are capable of undertaking the task safely you will then do the task. During this time your work would be monitored by the trainer and questioning and further instruction given.

You will also be given workplace based tasks and activities to complete and practice between visits. Any activities and work performed between visits are reviewed and further training is undertaken accordingly.

RMIT University learning resources are used to support your training.

Teaching Schedule

In general the course is taught over 6 means:

1 Introduction and overview of course. Basics of skills required and course content 2 hrs
2 Use of learning resources and basic skills development 2 hrs
3 Workshop 6 hrs
4 Complete manuals 4 hrs
5 Supervised skill development to competency 54 hrs
6 Consolidation of skills and assessment 2 hrs

You will practice skills and understanding as a part of your workplace duties between sessions. Activities and work performed between visits are reviewed in the following session and further training is undertaken accordingly.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be in the form of observation of work you have performed and by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed by observation as you demonstrate your ability to inspect articles for quality outcomes and special requirements (you can check the performance criteria above for ore details of these skills). You will be questioned for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Matrix

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