This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and comply with work health and safety (WHS) Acts, regulations and codes of practice in the workplace.  This unit applies to individuals who contribute to actions to achieve compliance with WHS legislation as part of their WHS responsibilities, which are in addition to their main duties.

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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 and apply work health and safety (WHS) legislative requirements applicable to the workplace, occupation and industry, including keeping up to date with legislation and relevant publications; - identify and act on non-compliances with WHS legislation; - identify duty holders; - communicate WHS information to others, and; - refer issues of non-compliance to responsible persons or authorities and seek advice from appropriate sources.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain the WHS legislative duties of self and others including limits on own expertise; - outline the key organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems; - outline the key requirements in relevant commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidance material, and other relevant publications; - identify obligations and duties for consultation and who must be consulted; - identify people who could be accessed for help; - identify the consequences of non-compliance, and; - explain ways to get information about compliance with legislation.

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