Materials Control


To provide the participants with the skills and knowledge to perform their job roles safely and competently BY UNDERSTANDING RECEIPT, HANDLING, STORAGE, INSPECTION AND PLACING FOR PRODUCTION. 


At the end of the course the participants will be able to explain:


  • What a wire/strand/tendon is
  • Its properties and uses
  • The limitations of use
  • Problems that may occur and their remedial actions


  1. Undertake relevant checks within their remit with regard to receipt of material, these to include, where relevant

    • Paperwork

    • Test Certificates

    • Load Quantity

    • Load Type, Size etc.

    • Are Coils etc. Identifiable?

    • Visible Damage

    • General Condition

  2. Explain the Hazards and Risks associated with

    • Tools/Materials/COSHH

    • Safe Handling of Coils to include directional markers and visual inspection

    • Storage of Coils to include environment

    • Untrained Personnel

  3. Explain the safe system of work (SSOW) relating to the lifting and handling of prestressing tendons

  4. Explain the safety checks required prior to the handling/lifting of prestressing tendons

    • Suitable Handling/Lifting Equipment

    • Fit for Purpose

    • Tested

    • Capacity

    • Visual Damage


    Operations using specialised plant i.e. cranes or lift trucks should be trained outside this scheme and the operators should hold the relevant CTA or similar.

    Although manual handling is not covered by the scheme, correct handling techniques should be demonstrated throughout the training, and where required, evidence of having attended a manual handling course may be requested.


  5. Explain the relevant quarantine requirements and the reasons for them and demonstrate what is required, including reporting

    • Damage

    • Unidentified Coils

    • Lack of Paperwork e.g. Test Certification

    • General Condition

  6. Explain the storage requirements laid down by the factory SSOW and the reason behind these

    • Stock Rotation

    • Storage position – benefits of storing off the ground

    • Environmental impact on stock including damage and contamination

    • Benefits of covered storage

    • Use of storage systems, i.e. racking systems or lobster pots



Assessment will be based on multiple choice questions and observation of the delegate.


  1. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
  2. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002) (COSHH)
  3. Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE)
  4. Manual Handling Operation Regulations 1992
  5. Risk assessments should have been carried out in relation to the above as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 2013.

Personal and Protective Equipment

Relevant and correct PPE should be worn at all times.