This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use a generic approach to identify hazards, and to assess and control occupational health and safety (OHS) risks.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - identify areas for OHS risk improvement; - analyse relevant workplace information and data; - contribute to the assessment of the resources needed to systematically manage OHS and, where appropriate, access resources; - attention to detail when making observations and recording outcomes; - research skills to access relevant OHS information and data; - numeracy skills to carry out simple arithmetical calculations (e.g. % change), and to produce graphs of workplace information and data to identify trends and recognise limitations; - conduct effective formal and informal meetings and to communicate effectively with personnel at all levels of the organisation, OHS specialists and, as required, emergency services personnel; - prepare reports for a range of target groups including OHS committee, OHS representatives, managers and supervisors; - use language and literacy skills appropriate to the workgroup and the task; - consultation and negotiation skills to develop plans and to implement and monitor designated actions; - project management skills to achieve change in OHS matters; - organisational skills to manage own tasks within a timeframe, and; - information technology skills to access and enter internal and external information and data on OHS and to use a range of communication media.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - organisational behaviour and culture as it impacts on OHS and on change; - basic physiology relevant to understanding mode of action of physical, biological and chemical agents on the body and how they produce harm; - basic principles of incident causation and injury processes; - characteristics of major hazard types; - concept of common law duty of care; - difference between hazard and risk; - ethics related to professional practice; - how the characteristics impact on risk and the systematic approach to managing OHS; - internal and external sources of OHS information and data; - language, literacy and cultural profile of the workgroup; - legislative requirements for OHS information and data, and consultation; - limitations of generic hazard and risk checklists, and risk ranking processes; - methods of providing evidence of compliance with OHS legislation; - nature of workplace processes and hazards relevant to the particular workplace; - organisational culture as it impacts on the workgroup; - organisational OHS policies and procedures; - other function areas that impact on the management of OHS; - principles and practices of systematic approaches to managing OHS; - professional liability in relation to providing advice; - requirements under hazard specific OHS legislation and codes of practice; - risk as a measure of uncertainty and the factors that affect risk; - roles and responsibilities under OHS legislation of employees, including supervisors and contractors; - standard industry controls for a range of hazards; - state/territory and commonwealth OHS legislation (acts, regulations, codes of practice, associated standards and guidance material); - structure and forms of legislation including regulations, codes of practice, associated standards and guidance material, and; - types of hazard identification tools, including job safety analysis (JSA).

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