This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others and to respond to emergency incidents. It covers following work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, implementing WHS requirements and participating in WHS consultative processes.  It applies to individuals who require a basic knowledge of WHS to carry out work in a defined context under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility, in a range of industry and workplace contexts.


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 Model WHS Act has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:
BSBWHS201

Assessment

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: - follow all relevant procedures and instructions relating to work health and safety (WHS) and emergency incidents; - identify and report hazards to designated personnel, and; - contribute to WHS consultative processes. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain workplace safety procedures and instructions; - explain emergency procedures including those for fires and incidents; - define the meaning of commonly used hazard signs and safety symbols; - summarise the duty holder responsibilities, as specified in WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice; - explain the difference between hazards and risks; - describe typical WHS hazards that may be present in the workplace, the harm they can cause and how this harm occurs, and; - outline the process of hazard identification and risk reduction.

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