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OPITO APPROVED STANDARD

Blaster/Painter
Competence Standard

OPITO Approved Standard


Blaster/Painter Competence Standard
OPITO

An industry work group, coordinated by OPITO, developed the contents of this standard.
The following companies were represented on the work group:
BIS Salamis (M & I) Ltd, Aberdeen
Cape Industrial Services Ltd.
RBG Limited, Aberdeen
Guidance and advice on this training standard is available by contacting:
OPITO
Minerva House, Bruntland Road
Portlethen, Aberdeen
AB12 4QL
Tel: 01224 787800
Fax: 01224 787830
Email: industry.standards@opito.net
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J. Cameron

M. Duncan

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J. Cameron

J. Cameron

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content
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Trainee
Blaster/Painter Training Pilot
Course 18-04-08
Changed footer to reflect
amendment numbering scheme
15-Dec 2008
Simplified assessor qualifications
19-Dec 2008

Any amendments made to this standard by OPITO will be recorded above.

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

GLOSSARY

SECTION A

FOREWORD
A.1
A.2
A.3

Development of Standard
Delegate Prior Achievement
Development Process

SECTION B

GUIDANCE TO THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

SECTION C

COMPETENCE STATEMENTS
C.1
C.2

Appendix 1

Functional Map
Competence Statements

Assessors Checklists & Candidates Record

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INTRODUCTION

Not only will a new coat of paint make a structure look fresh, updated and well
maintained, it will also protect the surface underneath the coating.
Despite a history of painting jobs being low on the priority list and practitioners being
regarded as mere brush hands, an industrial painting career now requires fullytrained personnel who can run compressors, blasting equipment and paint spraying
devices with due regard for regulations and the environment.
Blaster/painters could find themselves working in a confined space to coat the inner
surface of a storage tank or they may get to blast clean a helideck on an oil rig in the
vast open spaces of the North Sea. Wherever the work takes them, industry is
turning more and more to trained blaster/painters to provide corrosion resistance and
essential safety features in environments under extreme exposure.
However not all blaster/painters are trained or assessed to a consistent level and it
has been difficult to provide on-the-job experience for personnel to hone their skills.
The OPITO Blaster/Painter Competence Standard (and its predecessor, the OPITO
Trainee Blaster/Painter Training Standard) provides a structured training and
assessment programme embracing the essentials of the blaster/painter role.

GLOSSARY
COSHH

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

CTR

Central Training Register at OPITO

HAVS

Hand & Arm Vibration Syndrome

MSDS

Material Safety Data Sheet

MTDS

Manufacturers Technical Data Sheet

PPE

Personal Protective Equipment

PTW

Permit to Work

RPE

Respiratory Protection Equipment

WAH

Working at Height

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SECTION A FOREWORD
A.1

Development of Standard
The Blaster/Painter Competence Standard was developed by OPITO on behalf of the
fabric maintenance industry in consultation with an industry expert group. The
development of the standard involved the analysis of functions required of personnel
who carry out blasting and painting operations.
The competence standards contained in this document provide a clear description of
performance in the workplace:
(a)

What practitioners are expected to do

(b)

The underpinning knowledge and skills they would require to enable them to
do what was expected

(c)

How they could demonstrate what was expected of them

(d)

How their performance would be assessed

OPITO, as custodian, has a responsibility to the industry to maintain, develop and


update this standard.
The competence standards do not describe the training an individual should receive
whilst following a development process. Training information is contained in the
OPITO Trainee Blaster/Painter Training Standard.

A.2

Delegate Prior Achievement


In order to be assessed against the competence statements delegates must either
have appropriate experience as a blaster/painter or have taken the OPITO Trainee
Blaster/Painter Training course and have subsequently used the skills in the
workplace.

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A.3

Development routes for blaster/painters

Employee has appropriate


experiencee as
Blaster/Painter

Person self sponsors to


become Blaster/Painter

Employee nominated by
company for further
development

Delegate undertakes
Blaster/Painter Training at
OPITO approved training
site
(See OPITO
Blaster/Painter Training
Standard)
Employee
deemed ready
for assessment
Delegate
successfully
completes training

No

Delegate must retake


programme at a later date.

Yes
Yes
Delegate
awarded OPITO
approved certificate and
deemed Blaster/Painter
Trainee ( Information
added to CTR)

Employer sponsored
Trainee transfers to
worksite for on-the-job
development

Blaster/Painter activities
completed byTrainee under
supervision of competent
person

Candidates assessed
against OPITO
Blaster/Painter
Competence Standard

Candidates
assessed as
Competent
by employer

Key:

No

'Designate' completes
appropriate remedial
programme

Responsibility of the employer


Responsibility of the training centre

Yes

Candidate appointed as
Competent Blaster/Painter
to OPITO Standard

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SECTION B GUIDANCE TO THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS


It is essential that candidates, assessors & employers read and understand this
section before commencing the assessment process.

Trainee blaster/painters with a Trainee Blaster/Painter Training certificate from an OPITO


approved training centre, and appropriate experience in the workplace, will be recommended
for assessment. Experienced blaster/painters, with appropriate experience in the
workplace, will also be deemed ready for assessment.
Once the candidates have been assessed as competent they will be appointed as
Competent Blaster/Painters and receive certification from their employer with the
information that they have been assessed by the employer against industry standards
developed by OPITO.

What is in this document?


Section C describes the evidence, in relevant units, which an assessor should seek in order
to make a judgement on each candidate's competence. Assessors checklists are provided
in Appendix 1 along with a Candidates Record. The checklists are for convenience only;
employers and assessors can select other appropriate methods for recording assessment.

Who can be an assessor?


Assessors must be:

Discipline experts trained and qualified in assessment techniques.

Assessors may be assisted by other assessors and competent instructors when gathering
evidence on individual performance.

Where and how will candidates be assessed?


The assessment will take the form of observation of the tasks being performed in the
workplace supported where necessary by oral or written questions.
Prior to the assessment taking place the assessor must:
a) Make the candidate(s) aware that they are to be assessed
b) Ensure that the candidate(s) understands the standard on which they will be
assessed
c) Ensure that the assessment site and conditions for assessment are suitable
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Guidance to the Assessment Process continued


Having ensured (a) and (b) the assessor should clearly explain to the candidate(s) the
task(s) to be performed indicating also how they intend to gather evidence (e.g. observation
of simulated exercises, oral or written questions, and witness statements).
Once the assessment has started, candidates should continue with the tasks unless there is
a breach of safety at which point the assessment should be stopped. The exercise may
continue when safety has been restored in order to identify any future training or
development needs.
Candidates should not be guided or prompted during the assessment. However, it will be
necessary by using an appropriate questioning technique to ensure the candidates have the
necessary underpinning knowledge and understanding to perform the tasks effectively and
safely.
Assessors should be aware that an assessment of competence is a judgement to be
made by the assessor and is not necessarily dependent on a 'tick in every box'.
Assessors are advised to look at the assessment holistically and should not regard
the competence statements as a procedure.
Following the assessment, the assessor should comment to the candidate on the positive
aspects of their performance, identifying the areas where competence has not been
demonstrated and further training/development is required.
Any candidate not yet demonstrating competence in a particular task should be identified in
the assessment records. Any identified tasks will need to be re-assessed following further
coaching and/or practice.

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SECTION C
C.1

COMPETENCE STATEMENTS

Functional Map

Key Role: To prepare surfaces, using manual methods or abrasive blasting, so


coatings can be applied to meet specifications. The blaster/painter role also
comprises the operation of compressor equipment to support blasting & coating
operations.
During the work, you must take account of the relevant worksite operational requirements,
procedures and safe working practices AS THEY APPLY TO YOU.
Unit 1

Contribute to effective work activities

This unit is about interpreting information and developing good working relationships.
Unit 2

Contribute to health, safety and environmental quality

This unit is about working in a safe manner with due regard for the environment.
Unit 2 has two elements:
2.1
2.2
Unit 3

Maintain health & safety practices in the workplace


Protect adjacent surfaces & the environment
Operate compressor equipment

This unit assesses the operation of the compressor equipment in support of abrasive
blasting and paint spraying applications.
Unit 4

Prepare surfaces

This unit is about the preparation of surfaces for coating including cleaning by hand, using
power tools and abrasive blasting.
Unit 4 has two elements:
4.1
4.2
Unit 5

Degrease & clean surfaces & use power tools


Clean surfaces using abrasive blasting
Apply coatings

This unit provides the assessment criteria for coating including the use of materials,
techniques and equipment.
Unit 5 has three elements:
5.1
5.2
5.3

Prepare the work area and materials including appropriate tests


Apply coatings with brush & roller
Apply coatings with paint sprayers

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C.2

Competence Statements

Unit 1

Contribute to effective work activities

This unit is about interpreting information and developing good working relationships.

Standards of Performance
In achieving this unit you must:
1.1.1
1.1.2
1.1.3
1.1.4
1.1.5
1.1.6
1.1.7

Read & understand permits, client safe systems of work, company procedures & risk
assessments
Interpret MTDSs, client specifications and engineering diagrams to decide on the
appropriate blasting or coating method
Use company procedures to control work scope and for ordering equipment,
materials & PPE
Consult a work pack with procedures and previous risk assessments
Attend and contribute to a Tool Box Talk
Treat others in a manner, which promotes and maintains goodwill and is appropriate
to the situation
Back load any equipment after use

Scope:
Others may include co-workers, supervisors, managers, other company employees, and
visitors
Situations may include informal meetings, formal meetings, normal work situations, team
briefings and handovers

Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding


Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

Where to obtain operational policies, procedures, instructions, codes of practice


and standards
Workplace reporting procedures
The specific information required for the project records

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Unit 2

Contribute to health, safety & environmental quality

This unit is about working in a safe manner with due regard for the environment.
Unit 2 has two elements:
2.1

Maintain health & safety practices in the workplace

2.2

Protect adjacent surfaces & the environment

Element 2.1 Maintain health & safety practices in the workplace


Standards of Performance
In achieving this unit you must:
2.1.1
2.1.2
2.1.3
2.1.4
2.1.5
2.1.6
2.1.7
2.1.8

Ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE) is readily available, in good


repair and appropriately used
Ensure tools/equipment are within specification and recall time
Record exposure time for HAVS records
Store materials, tools and equipment safely
Safely, and without damage, transfer tools, paint and equipment to the work
area & return to the storage area using relevant manual handling techniques
Keep the work area as clean as possible and free of hazards
Identify & report unsafe equipment and dangerous occurrences as they happen
Work safely in accordance with operational requirements and associated safe
systems of work

Scope:
PPE items should be chosen in accordance with risk assessments and company procedures
Hazards could include tripping, electrical and weather related
As they happen refers to a persons right & duty to intervene if they felt a situation or
process was unsafe
Safe systems of work must include processes that incorporate hazard identification, risk
assessment, Permit to Work and other associated systems

Continued

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Element 2.1 Maintain health & safety practices in the workplace continued
Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding
Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

Sources of safety information and the safety observation systems of the installation
How to prepare and interpret a task-based risk assessment
Regulations governing current work practices
The use and care of various types of PPE & RPE
RPE tests and how often they should be done
How to inspect certification plates
The nature of hazards for blasting/painting activities
The importance of restricting access to the work area
How to display warning signs and notices
The consequences of faulty or disconnected dead man units
How and when to connect the anti-static earthing lines
Precautions to take for working on live lines
Elements of COSHH, how to interpret an MSDS and how to handle hazardous
substances
How to work in a team with appropriate communications methods
The problems associated with HAVS and the importance of recording exposure times
The hazards of WAH and the use of work positioning equipment or barriers
Safe use of access equipment & the Scafftag system
The sources of manual handling hazards and how to use mechanical aids
About the possibility of confined space work and further training
Methods for controlling risk in confined spaces
To maintain two escape routes for each situation

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Unit 2

Contribute to health, safety & environmental quality

Element 2.2 Protect adjacent surfaces & the environment

Standards of Performance
In achieving this unit you must:
2.2.1
2.2.2
2.2.3
2.2.4

Measure environmental conditions using appropriate equipment


Measure steel temperature using a steel temperature gauge
Protect adjacent surfaces not being cleaned or coated
Protect current work surfaces from personnel, other activities & weather
conditions
Limit access to the area with appropriate signs and barricades
Mix the correct amount of paint to limit waste
Remove masking materials while protecting new surfaces & equipment

2.2.5
2.2.6
2.2.7

Scope:
Measure environmental conditions should include wet & dry bulb temperatures using a
whirling hygrometer and humidity& dew point using hygrometric tables
Protect could include masking up, using polythene sheets or building a habitat in which to
work

Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding


Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

ISO 140001 and environmental protection


How to develop a spill plan and locate spill containers
How to limit dust, debris and hazardous material from contaminating the environment
and harming personnel
Constraints with regard to humidity (dew point)
Constraints with regard to surface temperature
Unacceptable variances in environmental conditions
Prohibiting uncontained spray painting or blasting activities
Prohibiting spray painting or blasting during windy conditions

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Unit 3

Operate compressor equipment

This unit is about operating the compressor equipment in support of abrasive blasting and
coating applications.

Standards of Performance
In achieving this unit you must:
3.1.1
3.1.2
3.1.3
3.1.4
3.1.5
3.1.6
3.1.7

Identify the appropriate compressor and procedures for the method of work
Complete pre-start checks & connect equipment
Ensure the cooling system is functional
Check for clearance and foreign objects in the compressor case
Start up compressor safely & efficiently
Operate compressor in the process of abrasive blasting or spray painting
Shut down compressor and complete post-stop checks

Scope:
Procedures may include manufacturers, company and client documentation
Equipment could include blasting equipment, dead man handles, blast nozzles, blast
helmets, airlines and paint spraying equipment

Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding


Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

The basic working principles of compressors


The different types of compressors and their applications
The protection devices fitted to compressors
How to operate the emergency shut down button
The reason for and use of pre-start up checks
Using the compressor in a team
Routine maintenance
Action to be taken in the event of faults arising
The appropriate colour of lines and style of connectors for each task

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Unit 4

Prepare surfaces

This unit is about the preparation of surfaces for coating including cleaning by hand, using
power tools and abrasive blasting.
Unit 4 has two elements:
4.1

Degrease & clean surfaces & use power tools

4.2

Clean surfaces using abrasive blasting

Element 4.1 Degrease & clean surfaces & use power tools
Performance Statements
In achieving this unit you must:
4.1.1
4.1.2
4.1.3
4.1.4

Identify and put on appropriate PPE and ensure fitness of purpose


Degrease & clean surfaces in accordance with appropriate methods
Apply mechanical power tools
Perform cleanliness checks and rinse surface with fresh water on a regular basis

Scope:
Mechanical power tools could include a sander or a needle gun

Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding


Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

Reasons for correctly preparing a surface


The types of surfaces commonly treated by industrial blaster/painters
How to identify conditions of surfaces & coatings
The selection process and maintenance procedures for tools & equipment
The environmental constraints that influence blasting activities
The consequences of not preparing a surface correctly

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Unit 4

Prepare surfaces

Element 4.2 Clean surfaces using abrasive blasting


Performance Statements
In achieving this unit you must:
4.2.1
4.2.2
4.2.3
4.2.4
4.2.5
4.2.6
4.2.7
4.2.8
4.2.9
4.2.10
4.2.11
4.2.12
4.2.13
4.2.14
4.2.15
4.2.16
4.2.17

Identify appropriate PPE and ensure fitness of purpose


Put on PPE & ensure respiratory equipment is functional
Install tearoffs on the blast hood
Identify appropriate blasting equipment and ensure it meets job specification
Identify abrasives suitable for the task
Load, monitor and maintain the supply of abrasive during the project
Assemble blasting equipment correctly
Monitor the air supply
Use the appropriate technique to blast identified surfaces
Check the blast profile is within agreed specifications
Contain spent materials in a safe & secure manner
Perform cleanliness checks
Ensure that cleaned surfaces are acceptable to the supervisor
Shut down & clean blasting equipment
Transfer used waste materials to the appropriate disposal site
Reinstate the work-site in accordance with operations requirements
Maintain blasting equipment, compressed air equipment & pressurised lines in
safe working order

Scope:
Blasting equipment may include equipment for dry grit blasting or wet slurry blasting
Check the blast profile -Testex tape and a blast profiler should be used
Agreed specifications are for the blast profiles and must incorporate client specifications
and MTDS information
Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding
Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

The necessity of pre-shift checks


The appropriate colour of lines and style of connectors for each task
The importance of a quality air supply to blasting equipment
The differences between dry grit blasting and wet slurry blasting and applicability
The equipment and abrasives required for dry grit blasting and wet slurry blasting
Precautions to take when blasting within a specified area
Pressure relief; starting and stopping the equipment
Specification checks run by the supervisor
The consequences and control of flash rusting in the case of wet slurry blasting

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Unit 5

Apply coatings

This unit provides the assessment criteria for painting and coating including the use of
materials, techniques and equipment.
Unit 5 has three elements:
5.1
5.2
5.3

Prepare the work area and materials including appropriate tests


Apply coatings with brush & roller
Apply coatings with paint sprayers

Element 5.1 Prepare the work area and materials including appropriate tests
Standards of Performance
In achieving this unit you must:
5.1.1
5.1.2
5.1.3
5.1.4
5.1.5
5.1.6
5.1.7
5.1.8

Confirm the surface is not contaminated


Prepare coatings to the manufacturers instructions
Select and correct size components needed for spraying different materials and
surfaces
Check wet film thickness using a wet film gauge
Calibrate dry film thickness gauge and recording calibration of equipment in
register
Accurately measure dry film thickness between coats & after final application
Allow for the correct time between coats
Check for holidays in the coating surface

Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding


Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

Types of coatings including primers, intermediate coats & finishes suitable for
industrial use
To record batch numbers and shelf life of the coatings
How to confirm that the coating surface is not contaminated
Unacceptable variations in environmental conditions
Time allowance between coats
To check wet film thickness during application
How to calibrate a dry film thickness gauge
How to accurately measure dry film thickness between coats & after final application
How to detect holidays in the coated surface
Symptoms, causes and corrections of common coating failures
Recording any variances to the specifications or work scope
Correcting the variances to meet client specifications

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Unit 5

Apply coatings

Element 5.2 Apply coatings with brush & roller

Standards of Performance
In achieving this unit you must:
5.2.1
5.2.2
5.2.3
5.2.4
5.2.5

Identify and put on appropriate PPE and ensure fitness of purpose


Use the appropriate technique to stripe coat surfaces using a brush and/or roller
Use the appropriate technique to apply the coating using a brush and/or roller
Ensure that coated surfaces are acceptable to the supervisor
Clean and store paint brushes and rollers between coats

Scope:
Surfaces may include broad areas, angled areas, linear items or complex shapes

Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding


Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

Types of paint brushes and selecting the correct paint brush for the application
Types of rollers and selecting the appropriate roller for the application
The importance of effective stripe coating
How to clean and store paint brushes and rollers

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Unit 5

Apply coatings

Element 5.3 Apply coatings with paint sprayers

Standards of Performance
In achieving this unit you must:
5.3.1
5.3.2

Put on PPE and ensure respiratory equipment is functional


Select the appropriate paint spraying equipment, and ensure that it conforms to
specific job requirements
Identify the coatings suitable for the task including specialist coatings
Assemble paint spraying equipment
Monitor the air supply
Load, monitor and maintain the supply of paint during operations
Use the appropriate technique to spray surfaces to meet specifications
Perform cleanliness checks and rinse with fresh water on a regular basis
Ensure that coated surfaces are acceptable to the supervisor
Shut down paint spraying equipment
Maintain paint spraying equipment, compressed air equipment & pressurised
lines in safe working order

5.3.3
5.3.4
5.3.5
5.3.6
5.3.7
5.3.8
5.3.9
5.3.10
5.3.11

Scope:
Paint spraying equipment could include conventional or airless sprayers
Specialist coatings could include thermal metal spraying and non-slip coatings
Surfaces may include broad areas, angled areas, linear items or complex shapes

Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding


Within the limits of your responsibility, you must be able to demonstrate that you
know:

The purpose and function of each component in an airless or conventional spray


system
The appropriate colour of lines and style of connectors for each task
Properties and applications of specialist coatings
Levelling a floor before applying a non-slip coating
Methods for applying non-slip coatings including prepared tiles

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Appendix 1

ASSESSORS CHECKLISTS (Provided for guidance only)

Unit 1

Contribute to effective working relationships


Completed

Ref:

Task

1.1.1

Read & understood permits, client safe systems of


work, company procedures & risk assessments
Interpreted MTDSs, client specifications and
engineering diagrams to decide on the appropriate
blasting or coating method
Used company procedures to control work scope
and for ordering equipment, materials & PPE
Consulted a work pack with procedures and
previous risk assessments
Attended and contributed to a Tool Box Talk

1.1.2

1.1.3
1.1.4
1.1.5
1.1.6

Source of Evidence

Treated others in a manner, which promoted and


maintained goodwill and was appropriate to the
situation
Back loaded any equipment after use

1.1.7
Scope:

Others may include co-workers, supervisors, managers, other company employees, third parties
and visitors
Situations may include informal meetings, formal meetings, normal work situations, team
briefings, contingency situations, handovers

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:________________________________Date:____________________________

Candidate:_______________________________

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Unit 2

Contribute to health, safety & environmental control

Element 2.1

Maintain health & safety in the workplace

Completed

Ref:

Task

2.1.1

2.1.3

Ensured that personal protective equipment


(PPE) was readily available, in good repair and
appropriately used
Ensured tools/equipment were within specification
and recall time
Recorded exposure time for HAVS records

2.1.4

Stored materials, tools and equipment safely

2.1.5

Safely, and without damage, transferred tools, paint


and equipment to the work area & returned them to
the storage area using relevant manual handling
techniques
Kept the work area as clean as possible and free of
hazards
Identified & reported unsafe equipment and
dangerous occurrences as they happened
Worked safely in accordance with operational
requirements and associated safe systems of
work

2.1.2

2.1.6
2.1.7
2.1.8

Source of Evidence

Scope:
PPE items should be chosen in accordance with risk assessments and company procedures
Hazards could include tripping, electrical and weather related
As they happened refers to a persons right & duty to intervene if they felt a situation or process
was unsafe
Safe systems of work must include processes that incorporate hazard identification, risk
assessment, Permit to Work and other associated systems

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:_________________________________Date:____________________________
Candidate:________________________________

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Unit 2

Contribute to health, safety & environmental quality

Element 2.2

Protect adjacent surfaces & the environment

Completed

Ref:

Task

2.2.1

Measured environmental conditions using


appropriate equipment
Measured steel temperature using a steel
temperature gauge
Protected adjacent surfaces not being cleaned or
coated
Protected current work surfaces from personnel,
other activities & weather conditions
Limited access to the area with appropriate signs
and barricades
Mixed the correct amount of paint to limit waste

2.2.2
2.2.3
2.2.4
2.2.5
2.2.6
2.2.7

Source of Evidence

Removed masking materials while protecting new


surfaces & equipment

Scope:
Measured environmental conditions should include wet & dry bulb temperatures using a whirling
hygrometer and humidity& dew point using hygrometric tables
Protected could include masking up, using polythene sheets or building a habitat in which to work

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:________________________________Date:____________________________

Candidate:________________________________

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Unit 3

Operate compressor equipment


Completed

Ref:

Task

3.1.1

Identified the appropriate compressor and


procedures for the method of work
Completed pre-start checks and connected
equipment
Ensured the cooling system was functional

3.1.2
3.1.3
3.1.4

Source of Evidence

Checked for clearance and foreign objects in the


compressor case
Started up the compressor safely & efficiently

3.1.5
3.1.6

Operated compressor in the process of abrasive


blasting or spray painting
Shut down compressor and completed post-stop
checks

3.1.7
Scope:

Procedures could include manufacturers, company and client


Equipment could include blasting equipment, dead man handle, blast nozzles, blast helmets,
airlines and spray painting equipment

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:_______________________________Date:_____________________________

Candidate:________________________________

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Unit 4

Prepare surfaces

Element 4.1

Degrease/clean surfaces & use power tools

Completed

Ref:

Task

4.1.1

Identified and put on appropriate PPE and ensured


fitness of purpose
Degreased & cleaned surfaces in accordance with
appropriate methods
Applied mechanical power tools

4.1.2
4.1.3
4.1.4

Source of Evidence

Performed cleanliness checks and rinsed surfaces


with fresh water on a regular basis

Scope:
Mechanical power tools could include a sander or needle gun

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:________________________________Date:_____________________________

Candidate:_______________________________

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Unit 4

Prepare surfaces

Element 4.2

Clean surfaces using abrasive blasting

Ref:

Task

4.2.1

Identified appropriate PPE and ensure fitness of


purpose
Put on PPE & ensured respiratory equipment is
functional
Installed tearoffs on the blast hood

4.2.2
4.2.3
4.2.4
4.2.5
4.2.6
4.2.7
4.2.8

Monitored the air supply

4.2.9

Used the appropriate technique to blast identified


surfaces
Checked the blast profile was within agreed
specifications
Contained spent materials in a safe & secure
manner
Performed cleanliness checks

4.2.11
4.2.12
4.2.13
4.2.14
4.2.15
4.2.16
4.2.17

Source of Evidence

Identified appropriate blasting equipment and


ensure it meets job specification
Identified abrasives suitable for the task
Loaded, monitored and maintained the supply of
abrasive during the project
Assembled blasting equipment correctly

4.2.10

Completed

Ensured that cleaned surfaces were acceptable


to the supervisor
Shut down & cleaned blasting equipment
Transferred used waste materials to the
appropriate disposal site
Reinstated the work-site in accordance with
operations requirements
Maintained blasting equipment, compressed air
equipment & pressurised lines in safe working
order
Continued

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Element 4.2

Clean surfaces using abrasive blasting continued

Scope:
Blasting equipment may include equipment for dry grit blasting or wet slurry blasting
Checked the blast profile -Testex tape and a blast profiler should have been used
Agreed specifications are for the blast profiles and must incorporate client specifications and
MTDS information

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:_______________________________Date:_____________________________

Candidate:______________________________

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Unit 5

Apply coatings

Element 5.1

Prepare the work area & materials

Completed

Ref:

Task

5.1.1

Confirmed the surface was not contaminated

5.1.2

Prepared
coatings
to
the
manufacturers
instructions
Selected the correct size components needed for
spraying difference materials and surfaces
Checked wet film thickness using a wet film gauge

5.1.3
5.1.4
5.1.5

5.1.7

Calibrated dry film thickness gauge and recording


calibration of equipment in register
Accurately measured dry film thickness between
coats & after final application
Allowed for the correct time between coats

5.1.8

Checked for holidays in the coating surface

5.1.6

Source of Evidence

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:_________________________________Date:_____________________________

Candidate:________________________________

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Unit 5

Apply coatings

Element 5.2

Apply coatings with brush & roller

Completed

Ref:

Task

5.2.1

Identified and put on appropriate PPE and ensured


fitness of purpose
Used the appropriate technique to stripe coat
surfaces using a brush and/or roller
Used the appropriate technique to apply the coating
using a brush and/or roller
Ensured that the coated surfaces were acceptable
to the supervisor
Cleaned and stored the paint brushes and rollers
between coats

5.2.2
5.2.3
5.2.4
5.2.5

Source of Evidence

Scope:
Surfaces may include broad areas, angled areas, linear items or complex shapes

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:_______________________________Date:_____________________________

Candidate:______________________________

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Unit 5

Apply coatings

Element 5.3

Apply coatings with paint sprayers


Completed

Ref:

Task

5.3.1

5.3.4

Put on PPE & ensured respiratory equipment was


functional
Selected the appropriate paint spraying
equipment and ensured that it conformed to
specific job requirements
Identified the coatings suitable for the task
including specialist coatings
Assembled paint spraying equipment

5.3.5

Monitored the air supply

5.3.6

Loaded, monitored and maintained the supply of


paint during operations
Used the appropriate technique to spray surfaces
which met specifications
Performed cleanliness checks and rinsed surfaces
with fresh water on a regular basis
Ensured the coating surface were acceptable to
the supervisor
Shut down the paint spraying equipment

5.3.2

5.3.3

5.3.7
5.3.8
5.3.9
5.3.10
5.3.11

Source of Evidence

Maintained the paint spraying equipment,


compressed air equipment & pressurised lines in
safe working order

Scope:
Paint spraying equipment could include conventional or airless sprayers
Specialist coatings could include thermal metal spraying and non-slip coatings
Surfaces may include broad areas, angled areas, linear items or complex shapes

Remarks:

Source of Evidence

O - Observation

S - Simulation

Q Questioning

W Witness

Assessor:_________________________________ Date:_______________________________

Candidate:________________________________

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CANDIDATES RECORD
Blaster/Painter Competence Assessment

Candidate Name:

Company:

Training and Development Needs:

Declaration: The person named was assessed by me against the standards of


performance indicated in this document and in accordance with the assessment guidance.
I consider the above person *has/*has not achieved a level of competence to enable
him/her to work as an industrial blaster/painter.
*I consider the above person requires further training and development in addition to that
which is installation specific.

Assessor's Name

Signature

Date

* delete whichever does not apply

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