This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate an organisation's work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in a work area to ensure a safe workplace, according to WHS legislative requirements. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements.

The unit applies to those working in a range of contexts who have, or are likely to have, responsibility for WHS as part of their broader management role. It is relevant for people with obligations under WHS laws, for example persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) or officers, as defined by WHS laws.

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: - establish, implement, maintain and evaluate one work health and safety management system (WHSMS) for a work area of an organisation that complies with WHS laws, and organisational policies and procedures. During the above, the candidate must: - establish, implement, maintain and evaluate effective and compliant consultative arrangements for managing WHS, including, identifying duty holders, identifying and approving required resources, developing and implementing a training program, and; - establish, implement, maintain and evaluate procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks using the hierarchy of control measures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - details of relevant WHS laws relating to ensuring a safe workplace; - WHS organisational policies, procedures, programs and practices required for the performance evidence; - hazard identification and risk-management processes; - key principles, uses and components of the hierarchy of control measures and procedures for applying it in the workplace, and; - organisational and WHS legislative reporting requirements.

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