Hire equipment service technician (HEST) - non-mechanical equipment


Overview
The purpose of this standard is to give the Hire Service technician the required skills and knowledge to safely complete inspections and conduct service and routine repairs on a range of specified non-mechanical equipment.

Title 

Hire equipment service technician (HEST) - Non-Mechanical Equipment 

Duration 

Minimum 1/2 day of 3 learning hours  

Purpose/scope 

The purpose of this standard is to give the Hire Service technician the required skills and knowledge to safely complete inspections and conduct service and routine repairs on a range of specified non-mechanical equipment 

Scope: 

  • Overview of types of equipment available and their use / application 
  • Inspection and cleaning of equipment - Why? - safety and image driven 
  • Access equipment inspection - understand factors affecting strength of tower scaffold components, ladders, podiums, trestles, boards  and staging and be able to correctly identify those which require attention or mark for disposal 
  • Basic repairs - know how to and carry out basic repairs across a range of non-mechanical equipment 
  • Record keeping - know what records must be kept according to legislation and company procedures 
  • Legislation - Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act - companies have broad responsibilities for the safety of the products they hire out. This includes (so far as reasonably practicable) pre-hire testing and inspection to ensure continued safety, and the provision of information. 

Occupational relevance 

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

  • operative and craft 
  • supervision 

Candidate pre-requisites 

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, some plant mechanic experience and a basic knowledge of terminology and techniques would be beneficial 

Instruction/ supervision 

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

  • a qualified trainer 
  • be a qualified plant mechanic (VQ level 2) 
  • a verifiable CV 

Delivery 

Delivery will be in an off the job environment. 

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

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes. 

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

  • a blend of classroom and e-learning.

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

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level. 

Assessment 

Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:  

For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes.  

Quality assurance 

Assured  

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. 

Renewal 

Non-mandatory refresher every 3 years  

Approval date 

March 2020 

Review cycle 

Either on request or 3 years from approval date 

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome  

 

Overview  

Types of equipment available and their use / applications in general  

Specifically - range of products available for hire by employer 

Useful guidance available in HAE Safety Guidance notes: 

1201    Mobile access towers alloy and GRP 

1207    Ladders 

1208    Step Ladder 

1209    Roof Ladder 

1210    Trestles stagings & scaffolding boards 

1215    Fall protection equipment 

1217    Podium steps 

Access equipment inspection 

The purpose - safety and image - hire/no hire and repeat business 

Describe factors affecting strength of tower scaffold components, ladders, podiums, trestles, boards and staging 

Correctly identify those which require attention or mark for disposal 

Basic repairs  

Describe what can be legally repaired;  

Describe how to and then carry out basic repairs across a range of non-mechanical equipment 

Record keeping 

Describe what records must be kept to comply with current legislation and company procedures 

Legislation  

Describe employer duties under Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act