This unit (SITXWHS004) describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and sustain effective, professional and contemporary work health and safety (WHS) management practices. It requires the ability to establish and review systems, policies and procedures designed to ensure a safe workplace. The unit applies to all tourism, travel, hospitality and event sectors and to any small, medium or large organisation. It applies to those 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.

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: - establish and implement a complete work health and safety (WHS) system 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 and safety; - evaluate and identify improvements to WHS practices within the above system; - develop comprehensive WHS system documents to support above system, and; - demonstrate management practices that must be established and maintained for compliance of above system with state or territory occupational health and safety (OHS) or WHS legislation.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - structure, characteristics and needs of the organisation that the WHS system must address; - objectives, components and comprehensive details of relevant state or territory OHS or WHS legislation; - objectives, components and comprehensive details of WHS codes of practice and standards developed by industry or regulatory bodies; - ramifications of failure to observe OHS or WHS laws and codes of practice; - methods of receiving updated information on OHS or WHS laws and codes of practice; - components of WHS management systems; - considerations in the formulation of WHS policies and procedures; - consultative processes; - time requirements for hazard identification; - approaches to assessing the effectiveness of WHS management systems; - methods used by the specific industry sector and organisation; - sources of assessment criteria for assessing risks; - WHS information, and; - WHS record requirements.

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