Conduct initial investigation at incident scene

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 PUALAW002B, 'Conduct initial investigation at incident scene'.
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



1. Conduct initial assessment of scene

1.1 Scene is assessed with regard to occupational health and safety and all actions are undertaken in line with organisation's policies, procedures, guidelines and duty of care requirements

1.2 Communication is established with the senior investigating officer and liaison is maintained throughout the investigation

1.3 Circumstances surrounding the scene are ascertained from visual assessment and reports from other personnel

1.4 Scene boundary is defined/redefined as required to preserve physical evidence for collection

1.5 Obvious and accessible physical evidence is located and, where appropriate, protected from possible contamination

2. Control integrity of scene

2.1 Appropriate arrangements for scene access and egress are established and maintained

2.2 All non-essential persons are removed from the scene and relevant details are recorded accurately and legibly in accordance with organisation and regulatory procedures

2.3 Additional resources are identified and accessed to secure incident scene

2.4 The personal and health and safety needs of those involved in the incident are attended to

3. Examine scene

3.1 An appropriate search pattern is instigated in accordance with instructions from senior investigating officer to ensure all evidence is located and preserved

3.2 Details of the scene are recorded comprehensively and accurately in line with organisation's operating procedures

3.3 Evidence is located, collected, packaged, labelled and stored to ensure preservation for further post-scene examination

3.4 An accurate log of all evidence is maintained

3.5 Scenes are correctly assessed for future investigative requirements and appropriate persons notified

4. Identify potential witnesses and initial statements recorded

4.1 Bystanders are canvassed to identify potential witnesses

4.2 Details of potential witnesses are recorded

4.3 Appropriate recording practices are used that are in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements and organisation's policies and procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

PUALAW002B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA30701 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)
  • PUA41004 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)
  • PUA30601 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)
  • PUA30510 - Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Operations)
  • PUA60909 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation)
  • PUA40210 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership)
  • PUA50410 - Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management)
  • PUA30410 - Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Rescue)
  • CSC40107 - Certificate IV in Correctional Practice
  • FPI30105 - Certificate III in Forest Growing and Management
  • FPI40105 - Certificate IV in Forest Operations