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Shift materials safely by hand

Unit Descriptor This competency covers the shifting of materials by hand in a safe manner. It applies to all sectors of the industry. This competency is typically performed by all operators working either independently or as part of a work team.

1 . Plan operations.
  1. Correctly identify type and quantity of produce or material to be moved.

  2. Identify the safest and most efficient and appropriate movement route.

2 . Manually transfer products or materials.
  1. Manually shift products or materials to and from production processes according to procedures and OHS State regulations.

  2. Manually load specified products or materials at specific points during the manufacturing process, according to procedures and OHS State regulations.

3 . Store, stack and/or relocate products or materials.
  1. Manually stack products or materials according to procedures and OHS State regulations.

  2. Manually store products or materials in correct locations.

  3. Document and/or report material movements as required.

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?
How are activities planned and organised?
How are problem solving skills applied?
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?
How is use of technology applied?
How is team work used within this competency?

Range Statement


This competency applies to all work environments and sectors within the plastics, rubber and cablemaking industry. It includes the operation of all relevant ancillary equipment.

The processes covered by this unit include, but are not limited to:

Loads to be shifted may be, but are not limited to:


All operations are performed in accordance with procedures.

Procedures include all relevant workplace procedures, work instructions, temporary instructions and relevant industry and government codes and standards.

All operations are performed in accordance with standard procedures and work instructions

Tools and equipment

This competency includes tools and equipment such as:


Typical hazards include:


Typical problems include:

Appropriate action for problems outside of area of responsibility may be reporting to an appropriate person.

Appropriate action for solving problems within area of responsibility includes asking questions and seeking assistance from appropriate persons/sources.

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

It is essential that manual handling principles are applied and that the importance of safe manual handling techniques is known. Competence must be demonstrated in the ability to recognise and analyse potential situations requiring action and then in implementing appropriate action.

It is essential that competence is demonstrated in the knowledge and skills defined in this unit. These may include the ability to apply and/or explain:

Competence includes the ability to be able to distinguish between jobs which:

Consistent performance should be demonstrated. For example, look to see that standard operating procedures and all safety procedures are adhered to

Assessment method and context

A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment.

Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole, as defined by the Elements, Performance Criteria and skills and knowledge.

Competence in this unit may be assessed:

In all cases it is expected that practical assessment will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge and theoretical assessment will be combined with appropriate practical/simulation or similar assessment. Assessors need to be aware of any cultural issues that may affect responses to questions.

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and appropriate to the oracy, language and literacy capacity of the assessee and the work being performed.

Specific resources for assessment

This section should be read in conjunction with the Range Statement for this unit of competency. Resources required include suitable access to an operating plant or equipment that allows for appropriate and realistic simulation. A bank of case studies/scenarios and questions will also be required to the extent that they form part of the assessment method. Questioning may take place either in the workplace, or in an adjacent, quiet facility such as an office or lunchroom. No other special resources are required.

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required. Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.