This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to handle dangerous goods and hazardous substances in accordance with relevant work health safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations concerning the safe handling of dangerous goods and hazardous substances, within the transport and logistics industry.

It includes identifying requirements for working with dangerous goods and/or hazardous substances, confirming site incident procedures and selecting handling techniques.  Work is performed under general supervision.

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: - communicating and working effectively with others; - completing relevant documentation; - determining required permits; - estimating weight and dimensions of load and any special requirements; - identifying and assessing handling and storage precautions and requirements for dangerous goods/hazardous substances; - identifying and selecting safety requirements for handling dangerous goods/hazardous substances; - identifying containers and goods coding, markings and emergency information panels for mode of transport storage selected; - identifying dangerous goods/hazardous substances using labels, International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code markings, HAZCHEM signs and other relevant identification criteria; - identifying job and site hazards, and planning work to minimise risks; - implementing contingency plans; - maintaining workplace records and documentation; - modifying activities depending on operational contingencies, risk situations and environments; - monitoring and prioritising work activities in terms of planned schedule, predicting consequences and identifying improvements; - operating and adapting to differences in equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures; - operating electronic communications equipment to required protocol; - reading, interpreting and following relevant instructions, procedures, regulations, information and signs;- recognising hazards and applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate recognised hazards; - reporting and/or rectifying identified problems, faults or malfunctions promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures; - selecting and using required personal protective equipment (PPE) conforming to industry and work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) standards; - selecting appropriate equipment and work systems including PPE, and; - working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - equipment applications, capacities, configurations, safety hazards and control mechanisms; - housekeeping standards and procedures; - permit and licence requirements; - problems that may arise when handling of dangerous goods and hazardous substances and actions that should be taken to prevent or solve these problems; - relevant aspects of current Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code and relevant Australian Standards; - relevant regulations and codes concerning handling dangerous goods/hazardous substances; - risks when handling dangerous goods/hazardous substances and related precautions to control risk, and; - workplace procedures for handling and storing dangerous goods/hazardous substances.

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