This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to WHS risk management, which includes the processes for identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards and assessing and controlling the risk relating to those identified hazards.

It involves contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of risk controls according to legislative and organisational requirements.

The unit applies to those working in a broad range of roles across all industries. WHS hazard identification and risk control processes are those defined in written workplace procedures.

Unit details

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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: - identifying at least two different (WHS) hazards and controlling the risks associated with those hazards, and; - evaluating the effectiveness of the above risk controls. During each of the above occasions, the candidate must: - identify and interpret information and data about WHS requirements and apply them to the selection and application of techniques, tools and processes for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control; - contribute to documenting processes; - communicate with required people about WHS requirements and compliance; - comply with WHS requirements for hazard identification, risk assessment, and risk control activities, and; - identify WHS duty holders and their duties.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - internal and external sources of WHS information and data relating to the performance evidence, and procedures for accessing them; - WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes specified in required WHS laws, organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes, and systems; - risk management requirements, including identifying duty holders and their roles and responsibilities, selecting and using hazard identification tools and techniques, undertaking, documenting and communicating risk assessments, evaluating risk controls and documenting and communicating risk control plan; - differences between hazards and risks in the workplace; - range of common workplace hazards, and the nature, severity and likelihood of those hazards, and; - risk assessment and controls that can eliminate or minimise risks.

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