SITXWHS008 - Establish and maintain a work health and safety system

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Unit code: SITXWHS008 | Study level: TAFE
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The unit applies to all tourism, travel, hospitality and event sectors and to any small, medium or large organisation.
It applies to senior managers who operate with significant autonomy and are responsible for making a range of strategic management decisions.This unit incorporates the requirement, under state and territory WHS legislation, for businesses to take a systematic approach to managing the safety of their workers and others in the workplace.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each units learning outcomes & 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:

  • establish and implement a complete work health, safety and security system for one organisation, that covers the following components:
  • adequate facilities for the welfare of employees
  • appropriate management of incidents or accidents and notification to WHS government regulators
  • availability of information, instructions, training and supervision that ensure employees’ health, safety and security
  • safe:
  • machinery, equipment and materials
  • premises
  • entrances and exits
  • systems of work
  • work environment
  • evaluate and identify improvements to health, safety and security practices within the above system
  • develop comprehensive health, safety and security system documents to support above system
  • apply management practices that must be established and maintained for compliance of above system with state or territory WHS legislation.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.

As part of a course

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