This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to follow and apply work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures when carrying out work activities in compliance with the relevant WHS/OHS regulations and procedures.  It includes following workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control, contributing to WHS/OHS management arrangements and completing WHS/OHS records.

Unit details

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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: - applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate hazards that may exist during work activities; - applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures; - communicating effectively with others when following WHS/OHS procedures; - completing documentation related to WHS/OHS in the workplace; - implementing WHS/OHS workplace procedures; - reporting and/or rectifying identified problems, faults or malfunctions promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures; - reading and comprehending simple statements in English; - reading and interpreting relevant safety-related information including safety labels, instructions for safe work, relevant safety data sheets (SDSs)/material safety data sheets (MSDSs), workplace procedures and codes of practice; - selecting and using required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and WHS/OHS standards; - working collaboratively with others when following WHS/OHS procedures, 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: - emergency and evacuation procedures; - HAZCHEM symbols and implications for safe work and storage; - housekeeping standards and procedures; - location and use of safety alarms, manifests, emergency shut-off systems, emergency communications systems; - manual and mechanically-assisted lifting and load shifting procedures; - procedures for handling broken or damaged equipment; - relevant terms used in SDSs/MSDSs; - relevant WHS/OHS procedures and guidelines; - reporting procedures for unsafe situations, fire hazards, broken or damaged equipment or fittings, sickness and accidents; - site layout and obstacles; - storage and use of hazardous substances, and; - WHS/OHS warning signs and signals.

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