This unit (HLTWHS001) describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others. The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:

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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: - contributed to a WHS meeting or inspection in workplace; - conducted a workplace risk assessment and recorded the results; - consistently applied workplace safety procedures in the day-to-day work activities required by the job role; - followed workplace procedures for reporting hazards, and; - followed workplace procedures for a simulated emergency situation.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state/territory legislation and how it impacts on workplace regulations, codes of practice and industry standards; - safety signs and their meanings, including signs for: dangerous goods classifications; emergency equipment; personal protective equipment (PPE), and; specific hazards such as sharps, radiation; - hazard identification; - workplace emergency procedures, and; - workplace policies and procedures for WHS.

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