Ag Chemical Handling Project

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Case for change

“Chemical application and management” was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast (see page 52). Skills Impact and the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 52)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and update units of competency and skill sets for chemical handling, to reflect current industry skills standards and practices, so that all job functions are accurately described.

Scroll down to view the list of units and skill sets that will be reviewed in this project, and the various skilled activities they cover.

The importance of skills in safe chemical application and handling will be considered in light of new practices, technology and industry standards, including the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for classifying and labelling of chemicals and techniques for spray drift mitigation.

 

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Relevant Occupations

Those people responsible for planning and risk management associated with the spray application of chemicals in primary production and individuals responsible for applying agricultural chemicals.

 

Key deliverables
  • Review and improvement of 12 units
  • Review and improvement of 2 Skills Sets
  • Development of up to 5 new units and/or skill sets, as identified during review

 

Timeline

August 2017
Initial scoping

September, October 2017
Review process commencement

November, December 2017
Industry consultation of draft materials

February 2018
Industry validation of final drafts

March 2018
Finalisation of Training Package components

April, May 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Sam Papasidero Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact spapasidero@skillsimpact.com.au
Wayne Jones Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact wjones@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron Barrow Skills Development Specialist, Nestor Consulting

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units and qualification.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to spapasidero@skillsimpact.com.au

Opportunities for stakeholder input:

Below is a list of the current and existing skill sets and units of competency that will be reviewed as part of this project. To view a specific skill set or unit, please click on the title.

We are seeking your feedback on how the skill sets and units could be reviewed or improved to address skills relating to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals, spray application and drift, and new technology and management strategies used to reduce drift and increase spray efficiencies.

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised skill sets and units.

To provide feedback, please email Wayne Jones wjones@skillsimpact.com.au

 

Development

Subject Matter Experts are currently being consulted to draft revised units of competency and skill sets for chemical handling. Feedback from industry on the existing documents is also being considered as part of this process.

Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence in November, when drafts will be made available for comment on this webpage.

Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place in November across states and territories, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you or a webinar by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

9 Nov 17, 13:00 – 15:00 – Adelaide, SA – register here

14 Nov 17, 15:30 – 17:30 – Perth, WA – register here

16 Nov 17, 15:30 – 17:00 – Darwin, NT – register here

22 Nov 17, 16:00 – 18:00 – Brisbane, QLD – register here

23 Nov 17, 16:00 – 18:00 – Orange, NSW – register here

29 Nov 17, 15:00 – 17:00 – Launceston, TAS – register here

30 Nov 17, 15:00 – 17:00 – Bendigo, VIC – register here

Consultation Webinar

27 Nov 17, 12:45 – 13:30 AEST – Webinar – register here

 

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Drafts Available

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft units of competency and skill sets. The drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website from 9 November – 10 December 2017. A series of face-to-face consultation workshops and a webinar also took place throughout November.

The units and skill sets were revised in light of new practices, technology and industry standards, including the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for classifying and labelling of chemicals and techniques for spray drift mitigation. Feedback was sought on whether the draft units and skill sets reflect the current skills and knowledge requirements of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. The feedback will inform the work on the final drafts, which will be available for industry validation in February 2018.

The draft units and skills sets that were available for industry review and feedback are listed below.

AHCSS00026 Advanced Chemical Spray Application Skill Set Download draft skill set
AHCSS00027 Agricultural Chemical Skill Set Download draft skill set

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Please note that all units have been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Packages, 2012.  Minor changes to the Performance Criteria for some units has also occurred, where required; foundation skills have been added; Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified; and more details provided in the Assessment conditions.

AHCCHM101 Follow basic chemical safety rules Download draft unit
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision Download draft unit
AHCCHM301 Use application equipment to apply fumigant in confined spaces Download draft unit
AHCCHM302 Fumigate soil Download draft unit
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals Download draft unit
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals Download draft unit
AHCCHM305 Conduct manual fumigation of vertebrate and invertebrate pests Download draft unit
AHCCHM306 Prepare and apply chemicals for hand held application equipment Download draft unit
AHCCHM401 Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals Download draft unit
AHCCHM402 Plan and implement a chemical use program Download draft unit
AHCCHM403 Prepare safe operating procedures for calibration of equipment Download draft unit
AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy Download draft unit

 

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Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft skill sets and units of competency. The final drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website from 25 January 2018 – 8 February 2018. The final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project, which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities, before the final drafts are forwarded to the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. They will then be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate. They have been re-written in light of new practices, technology and industry standards, including the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for classifying and labelling of chemicals and techniques for spray drift mitigation.

The final draft qualifications and units that were available for industry validation are listed below. A summary of the feedback that was received during the consultation period (between 9 November – 10 December 2017) and a description of its consideration and application in these final drafts can be downloaded below.

 

The following skill sets have been updated to reflect Standards for Training Package 2012.

AHCSS00026 Advanced Chemical Spray Application Skill Set Download final draft skill set
AHCSS00027 Agricultural Chemical Skill Set Download final draft skill set

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
AHCCHM101 Follow basic chemical safety rules
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria with the combination of 2.5 and 2.6 into one and others moved to more appropriate Elements. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM301 Use application equipment to apply fumigant in confined spaces  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Removal of the pre-requisites as the knowledge component of these is embedded in the Knowledge Evidence.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Removal of specific reference to integrated pest management in the unit and has been moved to the Knowledge Evidence as it is a control strategy.
  • Moved Performance Criteria 2.1 and 2.2 to Element 1.
  • Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • Standardised wording to Off Target to represent the movement of chemicals away from their source (i.e. spray drift, bait shift, treated soil or surface and ground water movement etc.).
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM302 Fumigate soil  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Removal of the pre-requisites as the knowledge component of these is embedded in the Knowledge Evidence.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria with deletion of unnecessary content. Removal of specific reference to integrated pest management in the unit and has been moved to the Knowledge Evidence as it is a control strategy.
  • Moved Performance Criteria 2.1 and 2.2 to Element 1.
  • Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • Standardised wording to Off Target to represent the movement of chemicals away from their source (i.e. spray drift, bait shift, treated soil or surface and ground water movement etc.).
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  •  There has been changes to wording in the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • Standardised wording to Off Target to represent the movement of chemicals away from their source (i.e. spray drift, bait shift, treated soil or surface and ground water movement etc.).
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been changes to wording in the Performance Criteria, with Performance Criteria 3.4 being removed as procedural/specification. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM305 Conduct manual fumigation of vertebrate and invertebrate pests  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Recommend removal of the Pre-Requisites as the knowledge component of these is embedded in the Knowledge Evidence.
  • Combined Performance Criteria where duplication. Deleted 7.3 as unnecessary to the unit. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • Standardised wording to Off Target to represent the movement of chemicals away from their source (i.e. spray drift, bait shift, treated soil or surface and ground water movement etc.).
  • The unit is deemed equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM306 Prepare and apply chemicals for hand held application equipment  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been changes to wording in the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • Standardised wording to Off Target to represent the movement of chemicals away from their source (i.e. spray drift, bait shift, treated soil or surface and ground water movement etc.).
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM401 Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Recommend removal of the pre-requisites as the knowledge component of these is embedded in the Knowledge Evidence. Performance of the level 3 units is unnecessary for developing procedures.
  •  Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • Standardised wording to Off Target to represent the movement of chemicals away from their source (i.e. spray drift, bait shift, treated soil or surface and ground water movement etc.).
  • The unit is deemed equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM402 Plan and implement a chemical use program  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Recommend removal of the pre-requisites as the knowledge component of these is embedded in the Knowledge Evidence. Performance of the level 3 units is unnecessary for developing procedures.
  • Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • Standardised wording to Off Target to represent the movement of chemicals away from their source (i.e. spray drift, bait shift, treated soil or surface and ground water movement etc.).
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM403 Prepare safe operating procedures for calibration of equipment
  • Recommend removing this Unit. Advised it is not currently used and a level 3 unit is more appropriate.
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy  

  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • Standardised wording to Off Target to represent the movement of chemicals away from their source (i.e. spray drift, bait shift, treated soil or surface and ground water movement etc.).
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit

 

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Next stage of the project

Once industry has validated all final drafts they will be submitted to the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Finalisation

The final draft skill sets and units of competency are currently undergoing an edit and equity and independent quality assurance process. Part of this process involves the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) providing support for the final documents. Once this process has been completed, the skill sets and units will be forwarded to the State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs) for their consideration and to seek their support for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

Comments from the STAs/TTAs will be reviewed before the final drafts are forwarded to the Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management IRC. After consideration and signoff by the IRCs, the final drafts will be submitted to the AISC as part of the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package version 3.0 Case for Endorsement, for their consideration. This Case for Endorsement also includes qualifications, skill sets and units reviewed as part of the Ag Machinery – Safety and Technology Project, the Apiculture (Bees) Project, and the Pest Management Project.

The Case for Endorsement will provide information about what changes have been made to the Training Package including, where relevant, information on new or updated units, skill sets and qualifications. It will also outline who has been consulted and provided feedback throughout the project, why the changes were made, and what the implications of the changes are. 

A Companion Volume Implementation Guide is also being produced as part of this project. It will contain key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units and skill sets, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.

What is involved in the Edit and Equity and Quality Assurance Process? 

The final draft units of competency and skill sets are reviewed to ensure they are of high quality and comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy and the Training Package Development and endorsement Process Policy. This process ensures that any barriers to training have been identified, acknowledged, addressed and reduced as far as possible, to enable people to gain the skills required to participate in the workforce and society.  

This process also ensures the Companion Volume Implementation Guide provides key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units and skill sets, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications. 

Once submitted to the AISC, the final draft documents will be made available for download below. 

 

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