RIIWHS205E Control traffic with stop-slow bat

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This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to control vehicle and pedestrian traffic using stop-slow bats, hand signals and approved communication devices in the resources and infrastructure industries.

It applies to those working in operational roles. They generally work in teams in live traffic environments under some degree of supervision.

Note: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented registered training organisations are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing state/territory OHS legislative requirements

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare to control traffic

1.1 Select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities

1.2 Access, interpret and confirm work instructions and plan work

1.3 Access, interpret and apply required workplace policies, procedures, jurisdictional safety and environmental protection requirements

1.4 Obtain and interpret site emergency procedures and prepare for accidents and emergencies

1.5 Select tools and equipment, check for serviceability, and rectify faults and report according to workplace policies and procedures

2. Control traffic and operate communication devices

2.1 Adjust approved communication devices according to site requirements

2.2 Direct traffic using hand held stop-slow bat and visibly clear and unobstructed hand signals as required

2.3 Monitor traffic, make adjustments for changing traffic conditions and position waiting vehicles as required

2.4 Communicate messages to other personnel, confirm recipient understanding and clarify as required

2.5 Check and perform maintenance on approved communication devices according to requirements

2.6 Check communications contact after nominated period of non-contact

2.7 Report traffic offenders according to workplace policies and procedures

3. Conduct housekeeping activities

3.1 Confirm and remove signs and devices in line with job requirements and cover as required

3.2 Clean, check and store tools and equipment

3.3 Report environmental damage and potential for future damage as required

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance but not explicit in the performance criteria.




  • Applies basic mathematical problem solving processes, including simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Oral communication

  • Listens to short, explicit instructions for work procedures and asks questions to clarify and confirm


  • Identifies and interprets information from workplace procedures, documentation, legislation and regulations


  • Identifies purposes, specific functions and key features of common digital systems and tools and operates them as required


  • Produces and completes workplace reports using appropriate vocabulary, grammatical structures and conventions