Information Plumbing Apprentices
All apprentices are required to adhere to standard safety dress standards when attending their blocks. This attire includes:
- Australian standard safety footwear (recommended steel cap boots with non-skid soles).
- Non-flammable workwear - cotton drill shirts and pants are recommended.
- Ear plugs
- Safety glasses (clear)
- Peaked cap
For common stream oxy and arc welding you must have the following:
- 1 x 'Proban' welders cap (yellow)
- 1 x lift front welding goggles
- 1 x lift front welding helmet with no.11 shade filter
- 1 x pair of long leather welding gloves
- 1 x pair of clear safety glasses
- 1 x pair of ear muffs with attenuation of 27dB (Welding Goggles, Safety Glasses, Welding Helmet and Earmuffs must comply with relevant Australian Standards)
- Protective Clothing – cotton long sleeve shirt, cuffless trousers and steel capped boots (required for welding, roofing, water, drainage, sanitary and gas stream requirements)
The dress standards listed represent the minimum standard which will provide adequate protection against certain hazards in the working environment. In addition to these standards regulations 61 - 71 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act, in part VII, "Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment" apply.
Jewellery and watches shall be removed during practical work in metal machining, or while undertaking any activity which may result in injury as a result of jewellery becoming caught or entangled.
All safety shoes shall conform to AS 2210 (all safety footwear shall incorporate protective steel toecaps complying with the relevant requirements of this standard). Protective shoes shall have covered uppers and non-slip soles for the working environment.
Sunscreen shall be used to provide protection for exposed skin in outdoor activities.
Clothing worn by persons who may come in contact with fire, heat and molten metal shall be manufactured from a fire resistant material such as 100% cotton drill.
Equipment and Resource Material
Apprentices are required to bring along the the following equipment to their blocks:
- Training record book
- Notebook or notepad
- Drawing equipment including pens, pencils, ruler, sharpener, eraser, set square (60x30, 45) compass and dividers.
- Scale rule - Kent No. 63m
Personal Protective Equipment
Eye protection in the form of safety spectacles or safety clip-ons (if you wear non-safety prescription spectacles) is to be provided by each apprentice. It must carry the Australian Standards Approval for the Code AS1337 "Industrial Eye Protection". If there is any doubt you will be required to obtain a pair that does comply with code.
If wearing prescription spectacles then safety clip-ons must be worn, unless the lenses are industrially hardened or made of CR39. Your optometrist will be able to advise you on this. However, if there is doubt then you will be required to obtain and wear a pair of safety clip-ons.
Hair protection shall be worn, when working around moving machinery and/or when a designated area is in operation. The hair protection should be in form of a peak cap especially designed for industrial use. It should also come with a snood capable of fully containing the hair. A cap of fire resistant material shall be worn when working in the various welding areas. You will be responsible for providing this protection.
Ear protection will be provided by the campus. If you wish to purchase your own, please ensure that it carries the Australian Standard Approval.
Codes and Standards
Due the changing nature of Australian Standards and reference material, you will be advised of the necessary books required for each stream at the commencement of your common stream TAFE block.
For any enquires regarding Australian Standard requirements please contact the University to be put in touch with a member of the teaching staff.
Use of mobile and electrical devices
Please be aware that the use of mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players and other electrical devices is not permitted in the classroom at any time. The only exception is if a student has sought special permission from the teacher prior to class due to an emergency situation. The use of a mobile phone as a calculator is also not acceptable.
This regulation has been implemented by all teaching staff and management of CQUniversity. The directive is in line with industry standards and clause 8.15 Student Responsibilities and Obligations in the CQUniversity Student Rules Policy (TAFE). Regulations will be monitored by teaching staff.
Signs have been posted in all classrooms and workshops to remind students of this regulation. Any student failing to abide by this directive will be referred to the Manager – Vocational Training.
Conditions and behaviour while on campus
Conditions and behaviour in campus workplaces are governed by the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 and the provisions of this Act will be strictly applied.
Section 28 of this Act states: While at work, a worker must—
- Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and
- Take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons; and
- Comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the person to comply with this Act; and
- Co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the business or undertaking.