This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements.  This unit applies to workers who have responsibility for WHS as part of their role, including workers with obligations under WHS legislation, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), or their officers (as defined by relevant legislation). 

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

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: - conducted a workplace risk assessment and recorded the results; - conducted the following consultative activities with at least two workers: identification of hazards and potential hazards; risk assessment; evaluation of policy/procedure in line with state/territory legislation and industry guidelines, and; development of risk controls and measures; - monitored workplace compliance with WHS procedures; - developed a WHS action plan, including strategies for monitoring and review, and; - coordinated 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; - hazards common to the work environment and strategies for minimisation; - requirements for WHS policies, and; - principles of hazard and risk management.

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