This unit (CUAPPR505) describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond effectively to broad and specific safety requirements in a professional practice. It applies to individuals who are sole practitioners or working in collaborative teams across all sectors and areas of expertise, who are responsible for managing safety. The practitioner applies a self-directed approach to ensuring safety. The unit could apply to a range of internal and external work environments, including workshops, studios, offices, field locations and performance venues. The unit does not apply to individuals employed by organisations to manage the safety of a practice.

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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: - analyse the needs of a particular practice and develop a set of systems, procedures and practices to support safety in that context; - identify key safety issues, including specific hazards and risks in the relevant area of practice, and; - apply general work health and safety (WHS) legislation and specific codes, standards or guidelines relevant to own practice. 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: - explain essential components of work health and safety (WHS) legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the specific area of practice; - explain essential WHS responsibilities of employers, manufacturers, suppliers, employees and other parties with legal responsibilities; - explain relevant industry or process-specific safety guidelines that apply to particular fields of work and particular work environments; - describe hazards and their associated risks that exist in the specific professional practice; - explain the potential impact of not addressing hazards and risks in the specific area of practice; - explain organisational systems, procedures and practices that support WHS management and regulatory compliance for a professional practice; - business planning, especially new technology and organisational change; - purchasing policies and procedures; - reporting on financial, technical and other resource needs, and; - maintenance of WHS systems and procedures.

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