• MSAENV272B - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

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Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

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Version 1.0
Issue Date: April 2018

This competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures so as to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This ensures regulatory compliance and also aims at minimising environmental risks and maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation.

It includes:

Resources used

Potential environmental hazards

Improving environmental performance (within scope of competency and authority).

This competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office, warehouse etc. This unit will need to be appropriately contextualised as it is applied across an organisation and across different industry sectors.

This competency covers the outcomes required to effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements including those reducing negative environmental impacts of work practices.

This unit is based on the sustainability guideline standard GCSSUS01A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.

You may want to include more information here about the target group and the purpose of the assessments (eg formative, summative, recognition)


This unit has no prerequisites

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

A person who demonstrates competence in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to follow workplace procedures according to instructions given and to participate in the improvement of environmental and resource efficient work practices at own level of responsibility. Evidence must be strictly relevant to the particular workplace role.

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

It is essential that competence is demonstrated in the knowledge and skills defined in this unit. These may include the ability to:

identify and measure resources used in their job

identify situations likely to lead to an environmental incident

follow procedures related to environmental performance.

Consistent performance should be demonstrated. For example, look to see that:

work is routinely to procedures

the minimum of resources is used consistent with the job requirements, good practice and the procedures.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole, as defined by the Elements, Performance Criteria and skills and knowledge.

Depending on the selected methods of assessment access may be required to:

workplace procedures and plans

documentation in relation to production, waste, overheads, hazard control/management

reports from supervisors/managers

case study/scenarios

Method of assessment

A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment.

Competence in this unit may be assessed:

by demonstration in the workplace

using targeted questioning for appropriate portions

by use of a suitable simulation and/or a range of case studies/scenarios

by a combination of these techniques.

In all cases it is expected that practical assessment will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge and theoretical assessment will be combined with appropriate practical/simulation or similar assessment.

Guidance information for assessment

Assessors need to be aware of any cultural issues that may affect responses to questions. Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and appropriate to the oracy, language and literacy capacity of the assessee and the work being performed.

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

Required skills include the ability to:

report as required by procedures

follow procedures and instructions and respond to change

ask questions and seek clarifications relating to work requirements

Reading and writing is required in order to interpretrequired procedures and complete required workplace forms/reports.

Numeracy is required to interpret numeric workplace information, readings and measurements, handle data as required and complete numeric components of workplace forms/reports.

Required knowledge

Competency includes sufficient knowledge to:

have a basic understanding of sustainability

know the environmental hazards/risks, resource use and inefficiencies associated with own workplace (at an appropriate level)

know the relevant environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures for own work area

know the impact of laws and regulations to a level relevant to the work context

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.


All operations are performed in accordance with procedures including all relevant workplace procedures, work instructions, temporary instructions and relevant industry and government codes and standards.

Environmental and resource efficiency issues

Environmental and resource efficiency issues include minimisation of environmental risks and maximisation of opportunities to improve business environmental performance and to promote more efficient production and consumption of natural resources, for example by:

minimisation of waste, through implementation of the waste management hierarchy

efficient and effective use of energy and other resources

seeking alternative sources of energy

efficient use of materials and appropriate disposal of waste

use of controls to minimise the risk of environmental damage from hazardous substances

efficient water use

reducing emissions

life cycle analysis applied to issues such as energy supply, materials, transport, production


Measure should be interpreted in a manner consistent with the scope of the job and may include things like:

counting the number of items entering/leaving a work area

reading indicators in the work area

obtaining relevant information from support personnel

other simple means

Appropriate techniques

Appropriate techniques include:

material fed to/consumed by plant/equipment

plant meters and gauges

job cards including kanbans

examination of invoices from suppliers

measurements made under different conditions

examination of relevant information and data.


Compliance includes meeting relevant federal, state and local government laws, by-laws, regulations and mandated codes of practice. It also includes any codes and standards that the enterprise applies voluntarily.


Incidents include:

breaches or potential breaches of regulations

occurrences outside of standard procedure which may lead to lower environmental performance.

Enterprise plans

Enterprise plans include:

documented policies and procedures

work plans to minimise waste, increase efficiency of water/energy use, minimise environmental hazards


Suggestions include ideas that help to:

prevent and minimise environmental risks and maximise opportunities

reduce emissions of greenhouse gases

reduce use of non-renewable resources

improve energy efficiency

increase use of renewable, recyclable, reusable and recoverable resources

reduce waste

increasing the reusability/recyclability of wastes/products

reduce water usage and/or water wastage.

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
Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues. 
Identify resources used in own work role. 
Measure and record current usage of resources using appropriate techniques. 
Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel. 
Follow procedures to ensure compliance. 
Report environmental incidents to appropriate personnel. 
Follow enterprise plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency. 
Make suggestions for improvements to workplace practices in own work area. 


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