Gas membrane unloading, storage and preparation

The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge and understanding to interpret relevant information required to unload, store and prepare gas membrane installation.


Gas membrane unloading, storage and preparation 


Minimum half day of 3 learning hours  


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge and understanding to interpret relevant information required to unload, store and prepare gas membrane installation.     

The scope of this standard covers the following:  

  • risk assessment 
  • lifting aids  
  • safe manual handling techniques 
  • safe working practice & safety legislation 
  • resource, materials and equipment 
  • condition perimeter 

Occupational relevance 

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s): 

  • operative and craft 


There are no delegates pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, a basic knowledge of Health & Safety, and practical (Installation) techniques would be beneficial. 

Instruction/ supervision 

As a minimum, course Trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have: 

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate  
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience 
  • a verifiable CV 


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment. 

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation. 

The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes.  

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • classroom 
  • workshop  
  • courses mapped to this standard cannot be delivered remotely as there are practical activities 

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.  

This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.                                               


For the successful completion of training, delegates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that must cover all learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria 

Quality assurance 

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.  

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.  

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team. 


Recommended refresher 3 years 

Approval date 

September 2020 

Review cycle 

3 year(s) from approval date or on request 

Learning outcomes

The delegates will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome  

Describe considerations and risk assessment for planning the loading work 


To include: 

  • access 
  • hazards 
  • risks 
  • control 
  • start point 
  • exit 
  • foot traffic 
  • communication 
  • materials 
  • equipment 
  • other trades 

Access methods to and from the work area, working at height, working below ground, PPE, to include: 

  • leaning ladders 
  • trestles 
  • guard rails 
  • mobile scaffold 
  • fixed scaffold 

Describe risks of stresses and strains whilst handing materials and carrying out installation work 


To include: 

  • body movement mechanics 
  • body stressors 
  • good/bad postures  
  • team communication  
  • potential injuries  
  • cause of injuries  

Describe safe manual handling techniques for: lifting, moving, pushing, pulling, carrying and placing the membrane  


To include:  

  • rolls of membrane – confirming size, weight and associated hazards. (transit, in storage and whilst in use) 
  • box materials – Confirming size, weight and associated hazards (COSHH, transit regulations) 
  • large power tools and equipment -  

(In lifting options in loading/offloading vehicles, when on site and in the working area. Use of other occupations, kinetic methods and use of lifting aids) 

  • video in classroom of good and bad practice 

Demonstrate safe manual handling techniques for: lifting, moving, pushing, pulling, carrying and placing on the roof 


To include:  

  • rolls of membrane – from stored locations and vehicles, in-situ locations with associated details to negotiate i.e. pipes, corners, changes in formation  
  • box materials – removing product from packaging and disposal of packaging 
  • large power tools and equipment  
  • candidate practice with coaching – complete practical task(s) 

Describe the use of equipment for lifting and moving materials 


To include: 

  • pump truck  
  • telehandler 
  • mobile cranes 
  • tower cranes  

List the safety and safe working practices 

To include examples of but not limited to: 

  • personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • interpretation of risk assessments 
  • safe work practices or procedures 
  • spills and clean up 
  • environmental legislation 
  • safety legislation 

Describe techniques for safe setting out of gas membranes  


Demonstrate safe setting out techniques 

To include: 

  • safe places to locate materials within the structure prior to installation 
  • practical demonstration in workshop 
  • candidate practice with coaching 

Describe what to do if the weather deteriorates whilst installing gas membranes 


Additional information about this standard

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Related standards

  • Gas membranes - preparing to install

  • Ground gas protection measures - getting it right