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Control measure

Safe system of work: Working near water or other liquids

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Mitigate the risk of accidentally entering water or other liquids

Understand: 

  • The methods used to mitigate the risk of accidentally entering water or other liquids

The use of PPE when working near water or other liquids

Understand:

  • The appropriate use of PPE when working near water or other liquids

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Identify and communicate the presence of water or other liquids to all responders

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify any water or other liquids that require the implementation of a safe system of work
  • Ensure all responders are aware of the presence of water or other liquids

Ensure that personnel operate on the safe side of suitable existing or improvised guarding or barriers near water or other liquids

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use cordons to reduce the risk or isolate the hazard when working near water or other liquids
  • Operate in a safe position to reduce the risk of accidental entry when working near water or other liquids

Assess hydrology and status of water or other liquids – depth, temperature, type of liquid, speed of flow

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use sources of information to identify the nature of the water or other liquids

Investigate the possibility of rising waters and increased flow from tides, flooding, sluice gates

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use sources of information to identify and predict any physical changes to the water or other liquids

Use work restraint or fall arrest systems for personnel working near water or other liquids

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use work restraint or fall arrest systems to reduce the risk of accidental entry into water or other liquids

Appoint a safety officer to monitor the hazard presented by water or other liquids

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appoint a safety officer to monitor the water or other liquids

Ensure that personnel wear suitable PPE and personal flotation devices when working near water or other liquids

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and use appropriate PPE when working near water or other liquids