This unit (UEECD0007) involves the skills and knowledge required to apply work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations and codes of practices in the electrotechnology workplace.It includes applying safe working practices, following workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control. It also includes electrotechnology worker responsibilities and application for health and safety, risk management and adherence to safety practices as part of electrotechnology work functions when preparing to enter a work area.

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: *applying relevant work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations, legislation, codes of practices and procedures in the workplace, including: *identifying typical hazards associated with work environments and assessing risk/s in an electrotechnology workplace *applying and reviewing risk control measures to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards *reporting hazards to relevant person/s *applying safe working practices/methods *contributing to WHS/OHS consultative processes *following relevant workplace emergency management procedures and instructions relating to WHS/OHS and emergency incidents *selecting and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) *applying correct manual handling techniques *confirming (safe) isolation of an electrical supply and isolation of potential electrical and non-electrical hazards has been completed by an authorised person *demonstrating safe methods of removing an electric shock victim from a live electrical situation *selecting an appropriate ladder for a given situation and performing a safety check before use *completing relevant WHS/OHS documentation.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: *effective verbal and written communication techniques *electrotechnology work environment, including: *appropriate fire extinguisher for a given type of fire *commonly used workplace safety signs *relevant industry standard for safe workplace procedures *risk assessment documentation *typical hazards associated with a range of work environments *use of fire extinguishers *housekeeping and potential hazards in relation to improper housekeeping *workplace procedures used to control the risks associated with workplace hazards *legal requirements relevant to WHS/OHS in the workplace, including: *appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) *asbestos awareness and reporting hazardous gases, including supervisory requirements and duty of care *difference between hazards and risks *duty holder responsibilities, as specified in WHS/OHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice *employer and employee responsibilities, rights and obligations *general aims and objectives of the relevant state or territory legislation relating to WHS/OHS *hazards that may be present in the electrotechnology workplace, the harm they can cause and how this harm occurs *housekeeping and potential hazards in relation to improper housekeeping *major functions of safety committees and representatives *powers of health and safety inspectors *relevant WHS/OHS regulations, codes and practices *underlying principles of WHS *life support - cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the workplace, including: *first aid *responsibilities of the first aider *priorities of first aid management for any accident or injury *procedures required at an accident scene *legal and ethical issues, which may impact on the management of care *'duty of care' *examination of a casualty for injuries *effect of cardiopulmonary arrest on the body *managing simulated conditions of airway obstruction, respiratory arrest and cardiopulmonary arrest *single and two-person CPR *signs and symptoms of an altered level of consciousness *management of simulation of a casualty with an altered level of consciousness *signs and symptoms of shock *management of simulation of a casualty in shock *relevant safe work method statements (SWMS)/job safety analysis (JSA) or risk mitigation processes, including: *emergency management plan *hierarchy of WHS/OHS hazard risk control measures *principles of risk assessment/management and required documentation *typical hazards associated with electrotechnology work environments and their control, including: *asbestos, including: *common types of asbestos containing building materials *warning signs used to identify the presence of asbestos *effects of asbestos on the human body *requirements for reporting the presence of asbestos *silica, including: *types of materials that contain crystalline silica (silica dust) *methods of releasing silica dust *recommended levels of exposure to crystalline silica *effects of crystalline silica on the human body *hazardous gases *chemicals in the workplace, including: *hazardous substances and dangerous goods and their classifications *labelling and storage requirements for chemicals *purpose and interpretation of safety data sheets (SDS)/material safety data sheets (MSDS) *confined spaces, including: *control measures for working in a designated confined space *hazards associated with working in a confined space *workplace situations that could be classified as a confined space *physical and psychological hazards, including excessive noise, vibration, thermal stress, radiation, lasers, occupational overuse syndrome, stress, drugs and alcohol *safe manual handling principles, including: *procedures and methods for manual handling *situations that may cause manual handling injuries *types of manual handling injuries and their effect *working at heights, including: *hazards and precautions associated with working on ladders, elevated work platforms (EWP) and scaffolds *identification of work area as a height risk and use appropriate safety equipment to prevent a fall *working safely with electricity, including: *effects of electric shock on the human body *protection offered by a residual current device (RCD) *need for ensuring the (safe) isolation of an electrical supply *appropriate method of removing an electric shock victim from a live electrical situation *precautions that can minimise the chance of electric shock (earthing, extra-low voltage (ELV), fuses, circuit breakers and RCDs) *common causes of electrical accidents.

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