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Unit: Preparing floor coverings

LMFFL2002A: Receive and prepare floor covering materials for installation

Preparing floor coverings

General health and safety

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There are lots of on-site safety requirements that you need to think about before you set off for the jobsite.

Large commercial projects have more safety requirements than small domestic jobs, particularly if they involve multi-storey construction.

For example, you may have to wear a hard hat and high visibility clothing just to enter the site.

You might also have to present a range of documents to the site manager before you can start work.

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But even in someone's home, you still need to wear appropriate PPE and follow safe work practices.

The main differences are that you're not being monitored by a site safety officer and you don't have to worry as much about other workers in the area.

Below are the sorts of questions you should ask yourself when you're getting ready for a jobsite.

The size of the project will be a factor in how you answer the questions.

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Questions to ask yourself

  • Will I need to take any signage to indicate where the team is while we're working?

  • Have all team members been inducted and received authorisation to come on-site?

  • Do all team members have a White Card?

  • Have the necessary documents been completed and signed off, such as the Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and any relevant Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs)?

  • Are there Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) on hand for all chemicals and hazardous substances being taken to the site?

  • Have all electrical tools been tested and tagged?

  • Will there be a first aid kit on-site, or am I responsible for taking one myself?

  • Will there be a fire extinguisher on-site, or should I take one myself?

  • Does there need to be a qualified first-aider on-site at all times?
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Learning activity

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We talked about the different types of safety documentation in the unit: Safety at work. Can you remember what their purpose is?

Briefly describe what each of the following documents is designed for:

  • White Card

  • Safe Operating Procedure (SOP)

  • Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

  • Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
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