This unit of competency specifies the workplace performance required for an entry level employee to participate in occupational health and safety (OHS) processes in the workplace, in order to ensure their own health and safety at work, as well as that of those in the workplace who may be affected by their actions.

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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: - follow clear, logical verbal or clear, logical Plain English written instructions; - interpret selected pictorial/graphical and written signs/instructions; - clarify meaning with peers and supervisors; - give accurate verbal or written descriptions of incidents or hazards, and; - participate in OHS activities, including inspections, meetings and risk assessments.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - applicable commonwealth, state or territory OHS legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and industry standards/guidance notes relevant to own work, role and responsibilities; - safety signs and their meanings, including signs for: personal protective equipment; emergency equipment; dangerous goods class signs and specific hazards, such as sharps and radiation; - legal rights and responsibilities of the workplace parties; - the difference between hazard and risk; - nature of common workplace hazards, such as chemicals, bodily fluids, sharps, noise, manual handling, work postures, underfoot hazards and moving parts of machinery; - standard emergency signals, alarms and required responses; - the elements within the hierarchy of control; - safety measures related to common workplace hazards; - sources of OHS information in the workplace; - the roles and responsibilities of employees, supervisors and managers in the workplace; - roles and responsibilities of OHS representatives, OHS committees and employers, and; - workplace specific information, including: hazards of the particular work environment; potential emergencies relevant to the workplace; designated person for raising OHS issues; organisation and work procedures particularly those related to performance of own work, specific hazards and risk control, reporting of hazards, incidents and injuries, consultation, use of personal protective equipment and emergency response and potential emergency situations, alarms and signals, and required response.

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