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Unit Code QCF572
Title Checking and Preparing Lifting Accessories to Carry Out Lifting Operations in the Workplace
Level 2
Credit Value 8
Guided Learning Hours 27
Learning outcomes
The learner will be able to:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when checking and preparing lifting accessories for lifting operations. 1.1 Interpret and extract information from drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, technical and manufacturers' information.
1.2 Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statements.
1.3 State 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, risk assessments, method statements, technical and manufacturers' information and regulations governing the preparation and setting up of lifting accessories.
2 Organise the sequence and operation for checking and preparing lifting accessories. 2.1 Organise the checking and preparation work according to given information or instructions.
2.2 Describe how to communicate ideas between team members.
2.3 Organise and communicate the sequence and operation with team members and/or other associated occupations when checking and preparing lifting accessories for relevant lifting operations.
3 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when checking and preparing lifting accessories for lifting operations. 3.1 Describe their responsibilities under current legislation, approved Codes of Practice and official guidance whilst working:
- in the workplace, below ground level, at height, with materials and substances, with tools and equipment, and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
3.2 Describe the organisation security procedure for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
3.3 State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
4 Maintain safe working practices when checking and preparing lifting accessories for lifting operations. 4.1 Use personal protective equipment (PPE) safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when checking and preparing lifting accessories.
4.2 Explain why and when personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to preparing lifting accessories, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type.
4.3 State how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.
5 Request and select the required quantity and quality of resources to check and prepare lifting accessories for lifting operations. 5.1 Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources, and how they should be used correctly, in relation to:
- lifting accessories (including wire rope, chain, fabric, web hooks, shackles, beams, clamps and other specialist equipment)
- hand tools and ancillary equipment.
5.2 Request and select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, consumables, attachments, accessories and ancillary equipment.
5.3 State how the resources should be used correctly, how problems associated with the resources are reported and how the organisational procedures are used.
5.4 Outline potential hazards associated with the resources and method of work.
5.5 Describe how to calculate weight/bearing pressure, quantity, length and area, and identification of centres of gravity associated with the method/procedure to prepare and set up lifting accessories for lifting operations.
6 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when checking and preparing lifting accessories for lifting operations. 6.1 Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
6.2 Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
6.3 Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
6.4 State why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance.
7 Complete the work within the allocated time when checking and preparing lifting accessories for lifting operations. 7.1 Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
7.2 State 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.
8 Comply with the given contract information to check and prepare lifting accessories to carry out lifting operations to the required specification. 8.1 Demonstrate the following work skills when preparing lifting accessories for lifting operations:
- fitting, checking, setting up, adjusting, securing, inspecting, confirming and removing.
8.2 Check, prepare and set up a range of lifting accessories to given working instructions to allow various lifting operations to be carried out.
8.3 Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
- identify the characteristics of lifting equipment and accessories
- complete pre-use checks
- select ancillary equipment
- prepare, set up and adjust for relevant lifting operations
- fit and remove ancillary equipment
- dismantle and store lifting accessories
- use tools, ancillary equipment and accessories.
8.4 Safely use and store hand tools, ancillary equipment and lifting accessories.
8.5 State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when checking and preparing lifting accessories for lifting operations.
8.6 Describe how to maintain the tools, lifting accessories and equipment used when preparing lifting accessories for the lifting operation.
8.7 List typical faults that could be found when checking relevant lifting accessories and describe procedures that should be followed to remove them from service.


Additional information about this unit
Purpose and aim of unit The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in checking, preparing and setting up lifting accessories for relevant lifting operations the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.
Details of the relationship between the unit and relevant national occupational standards or other professional standards or curricula (if appropriate) This unit is based on the National Occupational Standard 'Prepare Lifting Accessories for Operational Performance' (VR 572)
Assessment requirements or guidance specified by a sector or regulatory body (if appropriate) This unit must be assessed in a work environment and in accordance with:
- the Additional Requirements for Qualifications using the title NVQ in QCF
- the ConstructionSkills' Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment - Craft, Supervisory, Technical, Managerial and Professional Units and Qualifications with NVQ in the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) title and SVQs.
Assessors for this unit must use a combination of the following assessment methods:
- observation of normal work activities within the workplace that clearly confirms the required skills
- questioning the learner on knowledge criteria that clearly confirms the required understanding
- review other forms of evidence that can clearly confirm industry required skills, knowledge and understanding.
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of occupational expertise and knowledge of preparing lifting accessories for operational performance to be effective and reliable when confirming a learner's competence.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.
Unit reference number F/601/1531
Exemption(s) for this unit No exemption