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Re-open a grave

Unit Descriptor This unit covers the ability to re-open graves in accordance with legislation and regulations, OHS procedures and hygiene and infection control procedures. It is applicable to cemetery and crematoria staff involved in burial works as part of their role and involves working under supervision as part of a team with some responsibility.

1 . Prepare to re-open a grave
  1. Legality of reason for re-opening a grave is determined or confirmed.

  2. Applicable legislation and regulations regarding grave re-opening are identified and complied with.

  3. Correct gravesite is identified from cemetery map or plan.

  4. An appropriate team of workers is assembled to conduct the grave re-opening.

  5. Above and below ground lines of communication are identified in case of an emergency.

  6. Personal protective equipment is prepared and used in accordance with OHS procedures and workplace policies and procedures.

  7. Tools, equipment and machinery are selected and assembled consistent with job requirements, checked for serviceability and any faults reported.

  8. A sludge pump is provided on site where water is present.

  9. Safety hazards are identified and correct procedures used to reduce hazard to self and others.

  10. Protective restraints are placed to restrict access to the site to authorised personnel in accordance with workplace policies and procedures and applicable legislation and regulations.

  11. Monuments, masonry or headstones that threaten the stability of the work site and/or inhibit access are removed in accordance with supervisor's instructions.

  12. Protective strategies are used to protect adjacent graves as required.

2 . Re-open a grave
  1. The role of each team member is identified and clearly communicated.

  2. Grave shoring requirements are assessed in relation to depth of excavation and soil conditions in accordance with workplace policies and procedures and applicable legislation and regulations.

  3. Grave is excavated to required depth using appropriate tools, machinery and equipment in accordance with OHS procedures and applicable legislation and regulations.

  4. Displaced earth is placed on truck, vacant site or other appropriate location.

  5. Grave is shored to prevent collapse using an appropriate shoring method and appropriate tools, machinery and equipment in accordance with OHS procedures and workplace policies and procedures.

  6. Access and egress from confined spaces is undertaken using an approved ladder as required by AS1892 and AS2865.

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?By communicating ideas and information with colleagues about legal issues, safety, equipment selection and use and implementation associated with a grave re-opening.2
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?By gathering legal, safety, equipment and technique related information associated with re-opening a grave, selecting and collating this data in a suitable format.2
How are activities planned and organised?By organising activities associated with preparation for and re-opening of a grave, for colleagues.2
How are problem solving skills applied?By involving colleagues in the preparation for and implementation of a grave re-opening and by encouraging participation and contribution.2
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?By reading plans, operating machinery and making measurements.1
How is use of technology applied?By independently resolving all routine issues with preparation, safety, legal requirements and excavation associated with re-opening a grave; accessing suitable support within or outside the cemetery to resolve non-routine problems.2
How is team work used within this competency?By using technology to keep records and to communicate internally and externally.1

Range Statement

Applicable legislation and regulations may be Federal, State specific or Local Government specific and may include:

A gravesite is a place:

Personal protective equipment may include:

OHS procedures are to be in accordance with State/Territory legislation and regulations and may include:

Workplace policies and procedures may include:

Tools, equipment and machinery may include:

Safety hazards may include:

Protective restraints may include:

Protective strategies may include:

Soil conditions may include:

Shoring systems may include:

Evidence Guide

Critical Aspects of Evidence

Evidence of the following knowledge and skills is considered essential to demonstrate competency in this unit. This includes demonstration of the Key Competencies at the performance level identified at the end of this unit:

Underpinning Knowledge and Skills

The following knowledge, understanding and skills are essential to perform this unit to the required standard:

Context of Assessment

For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, competency should be consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor and/or the technical expert working in partnership with the assessor. The technical expert may include an experienced person at the workplace.

Competency should be demonstrated in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment through a range of situations which may include interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the work environment.

Assessment should be undertaken in an environment that meets industry codes of practice and relevant industry regulations and legislation.

Interdependent Assessment of Unit

Pre-requisite units:

WFSPCS103A Carry out gravedigging and grounds maintenance OHS procedures

WFSBCR311A Prepare for gravedigging

WFSBCR312A Perform manual gravedigging OR WFSBCR313A Perform gravedigging using machinery

WFSBCR314A Backfill and make good graves

All units which relate to a job function can be considered as co-requisites to assist with an integrated approach to assessment.

For advice on integrated assessment of units within and across qualifications, refer to the Assessment Guidelines.

Assessment Methods

Assessment Resources

All resources must be provided for the assessment. If workplace based, the resources should relate specifically to policies, procedures and range of tools and equipment. If an off the job or simulated work environment is used then resources should be applicable to the work environment.

Resources may include: