Reinstate the work area after completing the maintenance of process plant and equipment

Business Sectors (Suites): Process Engineering Maintenance
Developed by: Cogent
Approved on: 27 Mar 2018


This standard is about your competence in restoring the work area to a safe condition prior to returning to operations. 

This standard deals with the following:
1. identifying and separating waste materials for disposal
2. identifying and separating out materials suitable for storage and further use
3. restoring the work area to a safe condition prior to returning to operations

During this work you must take account of the relevant operational requirements and safe working practices AS THEY APPLY TO YOU.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 work safely at all times, complying with health and safety and other relevant regulations and guidelines
P2 separate equipment, components, and materials for re-use from waste items and materials
P3 store reusable materials and equipment in an appropriate location
P4 dispose of waste materials in line with organisational and environmental safe procedures
P5 restore the work areas to a safe condition in accordance with agreed requirements and schedules
P6 deal promptly and effectively with problems within your control and report those that cannot be solved​

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

K1 a working knowledge and understanding of what your responsibilities are in respect of health, safety and environment. This should include the limits of your personal responsibility, your legal responsibility for your own health and safety and the health and safety of others
K2 a working knowledge of the relevant regulations and the safe working practices and procedures required within your work area
K3 an appreciation of the work area restoration requirements and the relevant health and safety, and organisational safe working practices and procedures
K4 an appreciation of the material and equipment stores procedures and organisational procedures which you have to follow
K5 an appreciation of the appropriate waste disposal methods and procedures for different types of waste, in accordance with current health and safety regulations, relevant legislation and organisational practice
K6 an appreciation of your responsibilities with regard to the reporting lines and procedures


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge

The Knowledge and Understanding levels expressed indicate the minimum level of knowledge and understanding sufficient to perform your role in a manner that would normally be associated with the minimum acceptable performance of a competent person undertaking your role.

The expression “an appreciation” is intended to indicate a level of knowledge and understanding equating to:
1 An awareness of the existence, the scope and the background to the content covered by the knowledge and understanding statement
2 How and where to find further detail and information that you will need
3 Having obtained the information, you will be expected to check your interpretation and then to be able to apply it to your situation
The expression “working knowledge and understanding” indicates you are able to:
4 Identify and apply relevant information, procedures and practices to your usual role in your expected working environments needing only occasional recourse to reference materials
5 Describe, in your own words, the principles underlying your working methods. This does not mean the ability to quote “Chapter and verse”. Rather you must know what supporting information is available, how and where to find it and from whom to seek further guidance and information confirm any additional required detail

6 Interpret and apply the information obtained to your role, your working practice and in your expected working environment

Key Terms

7 The resources to be stored

These are materials and equipment for use at sometime in the future and retained either in secure, enclosed containment or unenclosed within a work area or storage facility. Resources could be identified, sorted, protected and evaluated for further use. Appropriate storage facilities should be used where necessary. Typical resources could include:
7.1 Consumables
7.2 Assembly/alignment aids
7.3 Storing/stacking equipment
7.4 Lifting equipment
7.5 Safety equipment
7.6 Personal Protective Equipment/ shielding equipment
7.7 Process and ancillary equipment
7.8 Industrial gas cylinders
7.9 Tools/equipment
7.10 Protection sheeting
7.11 Re-usable components assemblies
7.12 Excess materials

8 The disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous materials, this could include:

8.1 Packaging/protecting materials
8.2 Swarf
8.3 Material offcuts
8.4 Replaced “lifed” consumables
8.5 Chemicals and fluids e.g. solvents and cleaning agents
8.6 Sharp objects/offcuts
8.7 Asbestos or asbestos based
8.8 Oils and greases

9 Resources, these could include:
9.1 Consumables
9.2 Assembly/alignment aids
9.3 Storing/stacking equipment
9.4 Lifting equipment
9.5 Safety equipment
9.6 Personal Protective
9.7 Equipment/shielding equipment
9.8 Excess materials
9.9 Process and ancillary equipment
9.10 Industrial gas cylinders
9.11 Tools/equipment
9.12 Protection sheeting
9.13 Re-usable components assemblies
10 Non-hazardous materials, to include
10.1 Packaging/protecting materials
10.2 Swarf
10.3 Material offcuts
10.4 Replaced “lifed” consumables

11 Hazardous materials, to include:
11.1 Chemicals and fluids e.g. solvents and cleaning agents
11.2 Sharp objects/offcuts
11.3 Asbestos or asbestos based
11.4 Oils and greases





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Indicative Review Date

27 Mar 2022





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Relevant Occupations

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Engineering Professionals, Professional Occupations

SOC Code



reinstate, maintenance, plant, equipment