This unit (MSMWHS100) of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to recognise hazards commonly occurring at the workplace and follow work health and safety (WHS) instructions and procedures. It covers recognising known hazards, such as those identified in procedures or training, and identifying the underlying causes of these identified hazards. This unit of competency applies to people on-site who are required to follow WHS instructions and procedures relating to the activity being undertaken. They will be aware of the importance of maintaining their own health and safety and the health and safety of others in the workplace and will also be capable of dealing with incidents and emergencies within their own scope of responsibility and under the direction of their supervisor for the site activity. While the instructions and procedures must be derived from the relevant organisation WHS policies, the person is not required to understand or interpret these policies. This interpretation should be undertaken by their supervisor for the site activity when informing them of the WHS requirements. This unit of competency applies to an individual who will be accompanied or directly supervised while on-site.

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: - recognise hazards; - use required personal protective equipment (PPE); - take the action specified in the procedures, and; - report the situation as specified in the procedures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - the rights and responsibilities of personnel under the WHS legislation; - hazard and emergency signs, labels and alarms; - hazards that may arise in the job/work environment, including: their possible causes; potential consequences; appropriate risk controls; - types and application of PPE; - procedures for reporting WSE problems and taking action, and; - emergency procedures.

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