This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with managing the work health and safety (WHS) implications of using contractors. It involves identifying contractor duties, establishing organisational WHS compliance requirements associated with those duties, establishing and communicating the requirements expected of contractors, monitoring contractor compliance with WHS requirements, and implementing required responses to identified non-compliance.

The unit applies to those who work in a broad range of WHS roles across all industries in organisations that use contractors to supply services, including labour hire and temporary workers, cleaning, catering, security, maintenance, repairs, installations and alterations, and major contracts and projects, as relevant to the organisation. This includes casual and volunteer workers. It does not cover visitors, or outworkers or suppliers of goods, materials or products to workplaces.

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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: - assist with managing the work health and safety (WHS) compliance of two contractors, each providing different services. During the above, the candidate must assist with: - identifying contractor WHS arrangements, including required organisational WHS policies, procedures and systems, WHS induction and guidance information; - reviewing contractor work processes, procedures and activities, and; - addressing within scope of own role and reporting contractor non-compliance with WHS requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - internal and external sources of information and data relevant to contractor WHS arrangements, and procedures for accessing them; - organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems relevant to contractors; - contexts, situations and arrangements where contractor services are supplied to the organisation; - contractor WHS arrangements with reference to relevant commonwealth and state/territory WHS laws; - key WHS requirements about workplace, contracted work, and organisational policies and procedures to be covered in contractor induction; - workplace documentation required for managing contractor WHS compliance with services involved in the performance evidence, including formal contracts and agreements to supply services or relevant parts thereof, supporting documents about contracts and agreements, organisational WHS policies and procedures, WHS laws, and; - duties, rights and obligations of individuals and parties as specified in relevant WHS laws with regard to supply of services by contractors.

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