This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices.  This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts.

This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section.  This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

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: - find out resources used in own job, including one or more of: - making simple measurements, consistent with the job; - counting the number of items entering/leaving a work area; - reading indicators in the work area; - obtaining relevant information from support personnel; - follow environmental policies and identify potential breaches of environmental regulations, and; - suggest improvements within the limit of own authority.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - sustainability; - the contribution to climate change and other macro threats that can arise from materials and work processes used; - the environmental hazards/risks, resource use and inefficiencies associated with own workplace and job; - the relevant environmental and resource efficiency policies and procedures for own work area, and; - the impact of laws and regulations at a level relevant to the work context.

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