This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to monitoring a range of physical agents and conditions relating to work health and safety (WHS) in the workplace. It involves the use of a range of measuring devices to collect, interpret and report on workplace information and data in relation to those physical agents and conditions.

The unit applies to those working in a broad range of WHS roles across all industries.

The unit does not extend to hazard identification, risk assessment or developing risk controls based on the outcomes of monitoring, which are covered in BSBWHS414 Contribute to WHS risk management.

This unit does not qualify individuals to perform duties as a registered officer under any legislation.

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: - contribute to monitoring at least three different physical agents or conditions relating to work health and safety (WHS) typically found in the workplace. During each of these occasions, the candidate must: - identify regulatory requirements and standards that apply to monitoring physical agents and/or conditions relevant to WHS; - identify context of measurements to be undertaken, including, physical agents and/or conditions to be measured and their characteristics. where measurements will be taken, area or space available, movements of people and equipment, tasks or activities being undertaken, number of persons occupying area, and other factors that may impact on the sampling or data-collection processes and the health and safety of self and others and physical features of equipment, such as emitting sources; - prepare and collect WHS data and information; - consult and communicate with individuals and parties regarding monitoring process, and; - seek expert advice, support and equipment as required.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - internal and external sources of WHS information and data; - typical physical agents and/or conditions relevant to WHS, including biological agents, such as insects, mites and bacteria, electricity, fibres, dusts and particulates, fumes, mists, gases and vapours, heat and humidity, light, noise, radiation, including ionising, non-ionising and laser and vibration; - aspects of WHS laws and standards relevant to using testing equipment and measuring physical agents and/or conditions and how they apply to the organisation; - mode of action of common physical agents and/or conditions on the body and how they produce discomfort and harm; - characteristics, modes of action and units of measurement for major physical agents and/or conditions; - environmental conditions that impact on measurements; - types of measuring and monitoring equipment and techniques for correct and safe use, including limitations on use and output, adjustment, maintenance and any in-built alarms; - personal communication strategies to facilitate engagement with workplace parties and individuals, and; - organisational policies and procedures for identifying physical agent and/or condition to be measured, determining sampling process and defining a plan, checking operability of equipment to ensure it meets organisational and work activity requirements, maintaining own health and safety and that of others present during process described in the performance evidence, reinstating equipment to pre-use condition, including for dismantling and cleaning equipment and parts, storing and re-using equipment and retaining results and records.

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