This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to develop and maintain a safe workplace in accordance with regulations. It includes planning and implementing safety requirements; informing and training personnel on work health safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation, codes and standards; and establishing and maintaining procedures for assessing and controlling safety risks. It also includes monitoring, adjusting and reporting safety performance, and evaluating the WHS/OHS system and related policies, procedures and programs.

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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: - analysing the working environment to identify hazards and implement appropriate WHS/OHS management systems; - applying fatigue management knowledge and techniques; - applying precautions to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards; - applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures; - communicating effectively with others; - completing relevant documentation; - designing and implementing appropriate WHS/OHS management systems; - interpreting and following instructions and prioritising work; - modifying activities; - monitoring work activities; - operating equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures; - operating electronic communications equipment to required protocols; - planning work activities; - reading and interpreting relevant instructions, procedures, information, labels and signs; - reporting and/or rectifying identified problems, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures; - selecting and appropriately applying technology, information systems and procedures to improve WHS/OHS; - selecting and using required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and WHS/OHS standards; - working collaboratively with others, and; - working systematically without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - appropriate links to other management systems, for example contractors, maintenance and purchasing; - arrangements for participation and consultation over WHS/OHS; - considerations for choosing between different control measures; - elements of an effective WHS/OHS management system; - hazards and associated safety risks that exist in the workplace; - hierarchy of controls; - how to identify when expert advice is needed; - incident and accident investigation arrangements; - principles of risk management; - range of control measures available; - relevant WHS/OHS and environmental protection policies and procedures; - relevant regulatory and code requirements; - role of technical information and experts in designing risk control measures, monitoring systems and health surveillance procedures; - significance of other management systems and procedures for WHS/OHS; - systems of risk control, recognising the significance of WHS/OHS for effective workplace operation; - training, coaching and mentoring approaches appropriate for use in WHS/OHS training programs; - typical problems that can occur when managing WHS/OHS systems and related action that can be taken; - workplace business policies and plans related to WHS/OHS issues, and; - workplace protocols and procedures for managing personal work priorities and professional development.

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