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CPCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry.

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This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work.


1 Day


Pre-requisite Unit



Performance Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy the requirements of the elements, performance criteria, foundation skills, and range of conditions of this unit, in addition to the specific performance and knowledge evidence described below.

The person must:

  • identify and orally report two construction hazards
  • explain how risk could be reduced or removed in relation to those two hazards
  • select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to control the risk
  • explain basic procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies, including types and purpose of the following fire safety equipment:
  • fire blankets
  • fire-extinguishers, including water, carbon dioxide, powder and foam
  • hose reels and mains
  • identify and orally explain the meaning of required safety signs and symbols
  • explain the purpose of job safety analyses (JSAs), safe work method statements (SWMS) and safety data sheets (SDS)
  • explain the roles of the following designated health and safety personnel:
  • first aid officers
  • work health and safety (WHS) representatives
  • WHS committee members
  • supervisors.

The person must also demonstrate correctly fitting to themselves the PPE listed below:

  • eye protection
  • hearing protection
  • hard hat
  • high visibility vest, shirt or jacket.


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