This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply workplace policies and procedures to maintain a safe work environment for self and others.  The unit of competency covers identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assessing risk and following safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision.

Compliance with legislative requirements and duty of care are embedded in this unit through workplace instructions and procedures. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, instruction, training and appropriate supervision regarding the relevant state/territory WHS legislation, codes of practice, relevant industry standards, workplace procedures and work instructions.

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: - identify hazards; - assess risks associated with the hazards; - identify and apply standard controls; - check that controls are in place and operational; - select and use personal protective equipment (PPE); - identify and interpret signs and symbols, including emergency alarms; - correctly handle and store items/materials relevant to job, and; - interpret and apply relevant material safety data sheets (MSDS).Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - organisational work health and safety (WHS) procedures, including procedures for reporting WHS problems and taking action; - rights and responsibilities of employees and employers under the relevant WHS legislation; - hazards that may arise in the job/work environment; - types and application of PPE; - hazard and emergency signs, labels and alarms, and; - appropriate responses to non-standard situations.

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