This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and maintain a Work Health and Safety management system (WHSMS) or parts of a WHSMS. It applies to individuals with organisational responsibilities and who have advanced practical knowledge required to coordinate, facilitate and maintain the WHS program in an organisation.

NOTE: 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 the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

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: - support and facilitate the implementation of a work health and safety management system; - develop work health and safety (WHS) policy and commitment to a WHSMS; - develop a WHS plan; - implement a WHS plan; - measure and evaluate WHS performance, and; - review and improve the WHSMS. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - give examples of barriers to WHSMS implementation and strategies to overcome them; - describe the nature of information and data that provide valid and reliable measures of WHS performance and WHSMS, including positive performance indicators; - outline relevant Commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards, guidance material and other relevant publications; - outline requirements for recordkeeping that address WHS, privacy and other relevant legislation; - describe the structure and functions of a WHSMS, and; - summarise WHSMS certification and auditing standards, processes and requirements.

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