(QRN ref: 600/3691/6)

Unit Code QCF574
Title Guiding, Positioning and Placing Suspended Loads in the Workplace
Level 2
Credit Value 14
Guided Learning Hours 47
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 guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads. 1.1 Interpret and extract information from drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements and risk assessments.
1.2 Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statement.
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, method statements, risk assessments, technical and manufacturers' information and regulations governing the guiding and placing of suspended loads.
2 Organise the sequence and operation for guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads. 2.1 Organise the guiding, positioning and placing of suspended loads 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 guiding and placing suspended loads.
2.4 State how to organise appropriate resources prior to directing and guiding suspended loads.
3 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads. 3.1 Describe their responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working:
- in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
3.2 Describe the organisational security procedures 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 guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads. 4.1 Use personal protective equipment (PPE) safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads.
4.2 Explain why and when personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads, 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 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to guide, position and place suspended loads. 5.1 Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects, and how they should be used correctly, associated with the resources in relation to:
- signalling and communication equipment
- hand tools and ancillary equipment.
5.2 Select resources associated with own work in relation to ancillary, signalling and/or communication 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 methods of work.
5.5 Describe how to calculate weight and/or bearing pressure, quantity, length and area associated with the method/procedure to guide, position and place suspended loads.
6 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads. 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 guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads. 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 guide, position and place suspended loads to the required specification. 8.1 Demonstrate the following work skills when guiding and placing suspended loads:
- measuring, gauging, calculating, selecting, interpreting, judging, explaining, commanding, directing, informing, indicating, instructing, signing, moving, positioning, signalling, relaying and securing.
8.2 Direct and guide a range of loads using at least one of the following methods:
- hand signals
- hand signalling equipment
- electronic communication equipment.
8.3 Position and place a range of loads to given working instructions by guiding the movement of loads.
8.4 Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
- assess and determine the movement of loads
- guide, position and place suspended loads
- signal and communicate following recognised/agreed operational procedures
- work at height.
8.5 Safely use and store hand tools and ancillary, signalling or communication equipment.
8.6 State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when guiding and placing suspended loads.
8.7 Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when guiding and placing suspended loads.


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 guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads in 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 'Guide and Place Suspended Loads' (VR 574)
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 guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads to be effective and reliable when confirming a learner's competence.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.
Unit reference number J/601/1546
Exemption(s) for this unit No exemption