This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to participate in the processes of work health and safety (WHS) hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control. It includes participating in worker consultation and support to contribute to a healthy and safe workplace.

The unit applies to those who assist with identifying workplace hazards and assessing and controlling WHS risks as part of their WHS responsibilities, which are in addition to their main duties.

  1. 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 model WHS laws have not been implemented, registered training organisations (RTOs) are advised to contextualise this unit of competency by referring to existing WHS legislative requirements.
  2. The model WHS laws include the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model WHS Codes of Practice. See Safe Work Australia for further information.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Study level:
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: - participate in selecting and using required methods to identify, report and record hazards; - assess and record risks for identified hazards; - promote and support worker consultation and participation in hazard identification and risk assessment, and; - participate in developing, selecting and implementing risk control options and plans for identified hazards.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - work health and safety (WHS) legislative requirements, regulations, codes of practice and standards; - internal and external sources of WHS information and data, and procedures for accessing them; - concept of hazards, risks and risk factors; - basic principles of incident causation and injury processes, and; - WHS organisational policies and procedures relating to identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks.

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