- BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
This unit applies to operators/team members under supervision or guidance, who are required to follow workplace procedures and instructions, and to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. It covers:
efficient resource use
potential environmental hazards
improving environmental performance (within the scope of competency, authority and own level of responsibility).
It addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Identify current resource use
1.1. Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues
1.2. Identify resources used in own work role
1.3. Document and measure current usage of resources using appropriate techniques
1.4. Record and file documentation measuring current usage, using technology (such as software systems) where applicable
1.5. Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel
2. Comply with environmental regulations
2.1. Follow workplace procedures to ensure compliance
2.2. Report breaches or potential breaches to appropriate personnel
3. Seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency
3.1. Follow organisational plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency
3.2. Work as part of a team, where relevant, to identify possible areas for improvements to work practices in own work area
3.3. Make suggestions for improvements to workplace practices in own work area
analytical skills to comply with all relevant legislation associated with job specifications and procedures
communication and problem-solving skills to question, seek clarification and make suggestions relating to work requirements and efficiency
communication and teamwork skills to recognise procedures; to follow instructions; to respond to change, such as current workplace environmental/sustainability frameworks; and to support team work and participation in a sustainable organisation
literacy, numeracy and technology skills to interpret workplace information in relation to work role, and to document and measure resource use
technology skills to select and use technology appropriate for a task.
environmental and resource hazards/risks
environmental or sustainability legislation, regulations and codes of practice applicable to own work role
OHS issues and requirements
organisational structure, and reporting channels and procedures
relevant environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures
sustainability in the workplace
terms and conditions of employment including policies and procedures, such as daily tasks, employee and employer rights, equal opportunity.
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:
accessing, interpreting and complying with a range of environment/sustainability legislation and procedural requirements relevant to daily responsibilities
accurately following organisational information to participate in and support an improved resource efficiency process and reporting as required
developing and/or using tools such as inspection checklists, to collect and measure relevant information on organisation resource consumption, within work role
identifying organisational improvements by applying efficient resource use to daily activities
knowledge of environmental and resource hazards/risks.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
evidence is relevant to the particular workplace role, including work area, equipment, systems, and documentation
review of current work area directly relating to own work, to assess measurement of resources used, hazards and compliance
individual or team discussion about potential for increased resource efficiency within current work area
access to workplace documents, information and resources (such as compliance obligations, enterprise plans, work responsibilities).
Method of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used t 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 workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
observation of demonstrated techniques over time and in a range of situations
analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
review of documentation measuring current resource usage
evaluation of techniques used to document and measure current usage of resources
review of identified and reported workplace environmental hazards
evidence of active participation in organisational plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.
Guidance information for assessment
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:
BSBINN201A Contribute to workplace innovation
BSBSMB301A Investigate micro business opportunities
BSBWOR202A Organise and complete daily work activities.
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.
Environmental and resource efficiency issues may include:
maximising opportunities to improve business environmental performance
minimising environmental risks
promoting more efficient production and consumption of natural resources, for example minimising waste by participating in or using a waste management system
using resources efficiently such as material usage, energy usage (seeking alternative sources of energy or energy conservation) or efficient water usage
Appropriate techniques may include:
examining and documenting resources in work area
examining invoices from suppliers
examining relevant information and data
measuring resource usage under different conditions
reports from other parties involved in the process of identifying and implementing improvements
Compliance may include:
meeting relevant laws, by-laws and regulations or best practice to support compliance in environmental performance and sustainability at each level as required (such as Environmental Protection or Biodiversity Conservation Act):
Organisational plans may include:
documented policies and procedures
work plans to minimise waste or to increase efficiency of resources such as a green office program, supply chain program for purchasing sustainable products or an environmental management framework
Suggestions may include ideas that help to:
improve energy efficiency
increase use of renewable, recyclable, reusable and recoverable resources
maximise opportunities such as use of solar power or other alternative forms of energy, where appropriate
prevent and minimise risks
reduce emissions of greenhouse gases
reduce use of non-renewable resources
Industry Capability - Sustainability
This unit contains employability skills.