Operate and control operations of road plant, machinery or equipment for pavement marking

Business Sectors (Suites): Road building and Maintenance
Developed by: Construction Skills
Approved on: 29 Feb 2016


​This standard is about interpreting information, adopting safe, healthy and environmentally responsible work practices, selecting and using materials, components and tools, preparing, setting up, completing pre-use checks and operating plant, machinery or equipment for pavement marking

This standard is for people working independently or as part of a team  in the occupational area of pavement construction and maintenance and can be used by operatives, technicians, supervisors and managers

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

​P1  interpret the given operating information relating to the use of plant or machinery and confirm its relevance
P2  organise with others the sequence in which the work is to be carried out
P3  comply with the relevant, current legislation, special legal status documents, official guidance and organisational procedures to maintain safe and healthy work practices
P4  request resources to sustain plant or machinery operations to complete the programme of work
P5  select plant or machinery resources for the methods of work and operations to be carried out
P6  comply with organisational procedures to minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area
P7  comply with the given contract information to carry out the work efficiently to the required specification
P8  complete the work within the allocated time, in accordance with the programme of work

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Performance Criteria 1
Interpretation of information

K1  the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources, and how they are implemented
K2  the types of information, their source and how they are interpreted
K3  the organisational procedures to solve problems with the information and why it is important they are followed
Performance Criteria 2
Organise with others

K4  communication of ideas between team members
K5  organisation of resources in conjunction with the progress of work
K6  the skills required to carry out the work
Performance Criteria 3
Safe work practices

K7  the level of understanding operatives must have of information for relevant, current legislation, Approved Codes of Practice and official guidance and how it is applied
K8  the types of fire extinguishers and how and when they are used
K9  how emergencies should be responded to and who should respond
K10  the organisational security procedures for plant and/or machinery, tools, equipment and personal belongings
K11  what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making the report
K12  why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used
K13  how to comply with environmentally responsible work practices to meet the requirements of current legislation and official guidance

Performance Criteria 4*

Request resources**

K14  the organisational procedures for requisitioning consumables and other resources
Performance Criteria 5
Selection of resources

K15  the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with plant resources and how defects should be rectified
K16  how the resources should be used and how any problems associated with the resources are reported
K17  the organisational procedures to select resources, why they have been developed and how they are used
K18  the hazards associated with the resources and methods of work and how they are overcome
Performance Criteria 6
Minimise the risk of damage

K19  how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection
K20  why disposal of waste should be carried out safely and how it is achieved
Performance Criteria 7
Meet the contract specification

K21  how methods of work, to meet the specification, are carried out and problems reported
K22  how maintenance of plant and/or machinery, tools and equipment is carried out

Performance Criteria 8*

Allocated time**

K23  what the programme is for the work to be carried out in the estimated, allocated time and why deadlines should be kept


Performance Criteria 1

1  interpretation of drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments and manufacturers' information related to the plant, machinery or equipment operations and the work to be carried out

Performance Criteria 2

2  organisation of own work
3  communication with team members and other associated occupations about the plant, machinery or equipment operations and the work to be carried out

Performance Criteria 3

4  avoidance of risk by complying with the given safety information relating to the following
4.1  methods of work
4.2  safe use of health and safety control equipment
4.3  safe use, storage and handling of plant, machinery, equipment and tools
4.4  safe use, storage and handling of materials
4.5  specific risks to health

Performance Criteria 4

5  follow organisational procedures for the requisition of consumables, materials and other resources

Performance Criteria 5

6  selection of resources associated with own work
6.1  tools and ancillary equipment and/or accessories

Performance Criteria 6

7  protection of the work and its surrounding area from damage
8  maintain a clear and tidy work space
9  disposal of waste in accordance with current legislation

Performance Criteria 7

10  demonstration of work skills to check, set up, adjust, align, communicate, operate, control, secure and lay
11  use and maintain hand tools, ancillary equipment and/or accessories
12  prepare, operate, or control the operations of at least one of the following items of plant, machinery or equipment for at least one of the following to given working instructions
12.1  applicator steersman reacting to signals to maintain speed, direction and line
12.2  applicator operator maintaining feed, flow, coverage, quantity and thickness of materials and communicating with steersman
12.3  feeder vehicle operator supplying materials to the applicator
13  shut down and secure plant, machinery or equipment

Performance Criteria 8

14  completion of own work within the estimated, allocated time to meet the needs of other occupations and/or client

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge


1  discussions, sketches, electronic information and briefings

Disposal of waste

2  environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance


3  operative's response to situations in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with
3.1  fires, spillages, injuries
3.2  emergencies relating to occupational activities

Fire extinguishers

4  water, CO2, foam, powder and their uses


5  those identified by methods of work, risk and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessments, manufacturers' technical information, statutory regulations and official guidance

Health and safety control equipment

6  identified by the principles of prevention for occupational use, types and purpose of each type, work situations and general work environment
6.1  collective protective measures
6.2  personal protective equipment (PPE)
6.3  respiratory protective equipment (RPE)


7  drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, manufacturers' information, verbal, written and graphical instructions, current regulations and official guidance governing the operation of plant, machinery and equipment for pavement marking

Legislation, Approved Codes of Practice and official guidance

8  this relates to the operative's responsibilities regarding potential accidents, health hazards and the environment whilst working in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement and storage of materials by manual handling and mechanical lifting


9  operative care of plant or machinery, hand tools, ancillary equipment and/or accessories

Methods of work

10  application of knowledge for safe and healthy work practices, procedures and skills relating to the method and area of work and materials used to
10.1  identify installation requirements
10.2  conform to agreed specifications
10.3  confirm the area and location of work, the operations, safety and security requirements including temporary traffic management and immediate area protection
10.4  ensure clean and dry surfaces for pavement marking application
10.5  identify types of pavement marking materials; spray, rib, extrusion, cold applied systems and wet visibility

10.6  prepare, set up and carry out pre-start and running checks of the plant, machinery and equipment
10.7  check and monitor ambient conditions and adjust work in relation to prevailing weather conditions
10.8  recognise the test criteria for pavement marking materials
10.9  carry out and control operations according to your role and the required performance of plant, machinery and equipment
10.10  work around street furniture and ironwork
10.11  recognise the duties of other operators; applicator steersman, applicator operator and feeder vehicle operator to ensure cohesive operations
10.12  recognise, monitor and control processes e.g. preparation, line thickness and finishes
10.13 work around street furniture and ironwork
10.14  recognise and determine when specialist skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly
10.15  record and report, machine operation factors, work progress and completions
10.16  shut down and secure plant, machinery and equipment
10.17  use hand tools, ancillary equipment and accessories
11  team work and communication
12  needs of other occupations associated with operating plant, machinery and equipment for pavement marking


13  those arising from information, resources and methods of work
13.1  own authority to rectify
13.2  organisational reporting procedures


14  types of productivity targets and time scales
15  how times are estimated
16  organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme

Protect work

17  protect work against damage from general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions


18  materials, components and equipment relating to types, quantity, quality, sizes and the sustainability of standard and/or specialist
18.1  consumables, lubricants and fuels
18.2  attachments
18.3  pavement marking materials

18.4  hand tools, ancillary equipment and accessories
19  identify weight, pressure, quantity, length and area associated with the method and procedure to operate plant, machinery and equipment for pavement marking

20  how to confirm resources and materials conform with agreed specification

Security procedures

21  site, workplace, company and operative


22  own occupation and occupations related to the work





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Indicative Review Date

29 Jan 2021





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Relevant Occupations

Construction Operatives, Road Construction Operatives

SOC Code



Applicator steersman; Applicator operator; Feeder vehicle operator