Maintain a safe forensic working environment

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver POLFOR023, 'Maintain a safe forensic working environment'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.

1. Identify potential health/safety risks

1.1 Identify potential physical, chemical and biological hazards to develop risk management strategies.

1.2 Apply WHS guidelines to contain/control exposure levels.

1.3 Identify personnel and members of the public at risk of exposure to communicate potential hazard.

1.4 Control hazards to minimise exposure.

1.5 Report WHS hazards, incidents or near misses to notify stakeholders.

1.6 Assess forensic situation to identify considerations for potential referrals.

2. Identify specialist/external agency requirements

2.1 Assess need for specialist and/or external agency assistance.

2.2 Access specialist/external agencies and other relevant personnel in order to respond to hazards.

3. Use protective clothing and safety equipment

3.1 Identify protective clothing and safety equipment required to minimise exposure to hazards.

3.2 Maintain protective clothing and safety equipment to facilitate accessibility and usability.

3.3 Replace protective clothing and safety equipment in accordance with jurisdictional replacement programs.

4. Apply collection/packaging procedures safely

4.1 Identify safe collection and packaging procedures to contain health and safety risks and maintain integrity of exhibits.

4.2 Assess packaging procedures for relevance to the type and scope of hazard and potential periods of storage.

5. Use equipment and substances

5.1 Identify potential hazards relating to equipment, consumables and substances.

5.2 Document potential hazards identified during the use/operation of equipment.

5.3 Cease use/operation of faulty equipment pending inspection/repair.

5.4 Secure operational equipment, consumables and substances to ensure only restricted/authorised access at all times.

5.5 Maintain operational equipment, consumables and substances in accordance with maintenance regimes.

5.6 Ensure requisite warning labels/notices along with relevant HAZCHEM/safety symbols are made clearly visible.

5.7 Adhere to material safety data information as appropriate to tasks undertaken.

5.8 Dispose of operational equipment, consumables and substances to minimise risks.

5.9 Decontaminate workspace and equipment in accordance with quality systems and requirements.