Assessor Resource

Maintain workplace safety

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: January 2019

Frontline managers have a key role in maintaining workplace safety within the context of the organisation. In their role, they closely monitor aspects of work associated with the safe delivery of products and services, meaning that they have an important responsibility in influencing the ongoing safety within the workplace.

At this level, work will normally be carried out within known routines, methods and procedures, and may also involve a number of complex or non routine activities that require some discretion and judgement.

This unit is concerned with OHS responsibilities of employees with supervisory responsibilities to implement and monitor the organisation's Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs in a small team to meet legislative requirements. This unit has been adapted from Generic Competency B in the National Guidelines for Integrating Occupational Health and Safety Competencies into National Industry Competency Standards [NOHSC:7025 (1998) 2nd edition].

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Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

organisational management systems and procedures to Occupational Health and Safety within work group area

Occupational Health and Safety legal and organisational requirements

procedures for identifying hazards in the work area

procedures for assessing and controlling risks to health&safety associated with those hazards, in accordance with the hierarchy of control

specific, clear and accurate information and advice on workplace hazards to work group

appropriate supervision of work group.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

access to safety processes, hazards and risk which are relevant to the area of work

access to relevant information and documentation on compliance requirements such as:

organisational policies, standard operating procedures, procedures and plans

relevant legislation, regulations, licensing requirements, codes of practice, standards

access to relevant internal and external data files

access to appropriate office equipment and resources used in the identification and rectification of OHS compliance breaches.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate

review of documents on workplace OHS legislation, codes, standards, policies and procedures relevant developed and communicated to employees

analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios

demonstration of the application of OHS legislation in conducting work safely

oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of research and data collection methods to obtain evidence of compliance with OHS legislation

assessment of duty of care arrangements.

Guidance information for assessment

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

Copy and paste from the following data to produce each assessment task. Write these in plain English and spell out how, when and where the task is to be carried out, under what conditions, and what resources are needed. Include guidelines about how well the candidate has to perform a task for it to be judged satisfactory.

Required skills

literacy skills to understand workplace procedures and work instructions for identifying and reporting hazards and interpreting Occupational Health and Safety signs and symbols

analytical skills to identify hazards and assess risks in the work area

data analysis skills including:

incident (accident) monitoring

environmental monitoring

evaluation of effectiveness of risk control measures

assessment skills to assess resources required to apply risk control measures

technology skills including the ability to operate and shut down equipment

coaching and mentoring skills to provide support to colleagues

Ability to relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and physical and mental abilities.

Required knowledge

relevant legislation from all levels of government that affects business operation, especially in regard to Occupational Health and Safety and environmental issues, equal opportunity, industrial relations and anti-discrimination

hazards and associated risks which exist in the workplace

organisation policies and procedures relating to hazard management, fire, emergency, evacuation, incident (accident) investigating and reporting

Occupational Health and Safety management to other organisational systems and procedures

characteristics and composition of the workgroup.

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Occupational Health and Safety legislation may include:

legislation relevant to the workplace, occupation and industry, for example, mining safety, electrical legislation

relevant commonwealth and state/territory OHS specific acts and regulations such as:

common law

contract law

criminal law

dangerous goods

environmental protection

equal opportunity and anti-discrimination law

industrial relations law


workers compensation

Organisation's Occupational Health and Safety policies procedures and programs may include:

procedures for hazard identification

procedures for risk assessment, selection and implementation of risk control measures

incident (accident) investigation

OHS audits and safety inspections

consultative arrangements for employees in work area

hazard reporting procedures

safe operating procedures/instructions

use & care of personal protective equipment

emergency & evacuation procedures

purchasing policy & procedures

plant & equipment maintenance & use

hazardous substances use and storage

dangerous goods transport & storage

OHS arrangements for on site contractors, visitors and members of public

first aid provision/medical practitioner contact & attention

site access

Identifying hazards and outcomes of risk assessment may occur through activities such as:

workplace inspections in area of responsibility

consulting work team members


checking equipment before and during work

review of records, eg injury, hazardous substances including labels and Materials Safety Data Sheet register, dangerous goods storage list, training, plan and equipment maintenance, etc

Training needs relating to Occupational Health and Safety may include:

coaching, mentoring and/or supervision

formal/informal learning programs

internal/external training provision

personal study

Organisational consultative procedures may include:

formal and informal meetings

health and safety committees

attendance of health and safety representatives at management meetings

other committees, for example, planning and purchasing

early response to employee suggestions, requests, reports and concerns put forward to management

counselling/disciplinary processes

Coaching and mentoring assistance may include:


respecting the contribution of all participants and giving credit for achievements

presenting and promoting a safe workplace

problem solving

providing encouragement

providing feedback to another team member

Hazards in work area may include:

blocked exits

slippery and uneven floors

untidy and or noisy work areas

lack of adequate storage

reliance on low order control measure (eg PPE) to reduce worker risk exposure instead of controlling the hazard itself

unguarded /poorly maintained machinery and equipment

unlabelled chemicals and substances

ergonomically unsuitable work stations and task design, eg. repetitive work, poor lighting/ glarey surfaces, non-adjustable work surfaces & seating

internal/external threat of occupational violence and bullying

Procedures to control risks may include actions such as:

application of the hierarch of control, namely:

eliminate the risk

reduce/minimise the risk through:

engineering controls

administrative controls

personal protective equipment

regular consultation with workers

Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.

Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Demonstrate basic requirements of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in area of responsibility appropriate for health and safety needs of a small work team 
Provide information and clearly explain to the work group the organisation's Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs 
Regularly provide information and clearly explain to the work group information about identifying hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment 
Implement and monitor organisational consultative procedures to facilitate participation of work group in management of work area hazards 
Promptly dealt with issues raised through consultation in accordance with organisational procedures for issue resolution 
Encourage and assist team members to contribute to the management of Occupational Health and Safety at the workplace 
Engage with individuals and teams to identify and implement improvements in the management of Occupational Health and Safety Feedback 
Provide advice on Occupational Health and Safety training needs of individuals and workgroup 
Provide advice on strategies and opportunities for development of workgroup's competencies in relation to Occupational Health and Safety 
Provide coaching and mentoring assistance to team members to support the effective development of individual and group competencies in Occupational Health and Safety 
Provide advice on hazards in work area in line with organisation's Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures 
Support the implementation of procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of controls and in accordance with organisational procedures 
Identify and reported inadequacies in existing risk control measures are in accordance with the hierarchy of controls 
Accurately complete and maintain Occupational Health and Safety records of incidents in the work area are in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety legal requirements 


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