This unit applies to managers working in a range of contexts. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements.
Those who have or are likely to have responsibility for WHS as part of their broader management role should undertake this unit.
The unit is relevant for people with obligations under WHS legislation, for example persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) or their officers (as defined by relevant legislation).
NOTE: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Establish and maintain a WHS management system
1.1 Locate, adapt, adopt and communicate WHS policies that clearly define the organisation’s commitment to complying with WHS legislation
1.2 Identify duty holders and define WHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel according to WHS legislation, policies, procedures and programs
1.3 Identify and approve financial and human resources required by the WHS management system (WHSMS)
2. Establish and maintain effective and compliant participation arrangements for managing WHS
2.1 Work with workers and their representatives to set up and maintain participation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation
2.2 Appropriately resolve issues raised through participation and consultation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation
2.3 Promptly provide information about the outcomes of participation and consultation to workers and ensure it is easy for them to access and understand
3. Establish and maintain procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks
3.1 Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks
3.2 Include hazard identification at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created by the proposed changes and existing hazards are controlled
3.3 Develop and maintain procedures for selecting and implementing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements
3.4 Identify inadequacies in existing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements, and promptly provide resources to enable implementation of new measures
3.5 Identify requirements for expert WHS advice, and request this advice as required
4. Evaluate and maintain a WHS management system
4.1 Develop and provide a WHS induction and training program for all workers as part of the organisation’s training program
4.2 Use a system for WHS recordkeeping to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation, and to maintain a record of WHS decisions made, including reasons for the decision
4.3 Measure and evaluate the WHSMS in line with the organisation’s quality systems framework
4.4 Develop and implement improvements to the WHSMS to achieve organisational WHS objectives
4.5 Ensure compliance with the WHS legislative framework so that, as a minimum, WHS legal requirements are achieved
analytical and problem solving skills to examine relevant workplace information and data to identify hazards, and to assess and control risks
communication skills to consult with staff and to promote a safe workplace
information technology skills to store and retrieve relevant workplace information and data
literacy skills to adapt and communicate WHS policies that reflect WHS legislative requirements
problem-solving skills to deal with complex and non
hazard identification and risk-management processes
hierarchy of risk control
in-house and WHS legislative reporting requirements
relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice that apply to the business operation.
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:
detailed knowledge and application of all relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
establishing and maintaining arrangements for managing WHS within the organisation's business systems and practices
identifying requirements for expert WHS advice.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure access to:
appropriate documentation and resources normally used in the workplace.
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:
analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
assessment of written reports
demonstration of techniques
direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
review of WHS policies, information provided on the WHSMS, and information about the outcomes of participation and consultation provided to workers
oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of WHS and WHS legislation
evaluation of WHS induction and training
review of WHS recordkeeping system.
Guidance information for assessment
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.
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.
WHS legislation may include:
applicable commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
common law duties to meet general duty of care requirements
WHS legislative and regulatory requirements for:
effectively managing hazards
establishing consultation arrangements, including those for health and safety representatives and health and safety committees
providing information and training, including training in safe operating procedures; procedures for workplace hazards; hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control; and emergency and evacuation procedures
WHS legislative, regulatory and other requirements for the maintenance and confidentiality of records of occupational injury and disease.
Duty holders may include:
as specified in WHS Acts:
PCBUs or their officers
other persons at a workplace.
Control of associated risks may include:
as specified in WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
counselling/disciplinary processes, such as those associated with alcohol and other drugs
education about alcohol and other drugs work-related issues
housekeeping and storage
personal protective equipment
purchasing of supplies and equipment
workplace inspections, including plant and equipment.
WHS recordkeeping may relate to:
audit and inspection reports
consultation, such as:
meetings of health and safety committees
work team meeting agendas, including WHS items and actions
first aid/medical post records
hazardous chemicals registers
induction, instruction and training
manufacturer and supplier information, including dangerous goods storage lists
plant and equipment maintenance and testing reports
workers’ compensation and rehabilitation records
workplace environmental monitoring records.
Regulation, Licensing and Risk – Work Health and Safety
This unit contains employability skills.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.