This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the processes of identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assessing WHS risks, and developing, implementing and evaluating risk controls according to legislative and organisational requirements.
It applies to individuals who contribute to WHS risk management processes in their work role in a range of industry and workplace contexts.
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 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.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
1 Access information to identify hazards and assess and control risks
1.1 Identify sources of information and data
1.2 Obtain information and data to determine the nature and scope of workplace hazards, the range of harms they may cause and how these harms are caused
1.3 Obtain information and data to determine the nature and scope of workplace risks and risk controls
2 Contribute to compliance and workplace requirements
2.1 Contribute to identifying and complying with requirements of workplace policies, procedures, processes and systems for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control activities
2.2 Contribute to identifying and complying with requirements of WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice and guidelines for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control activities
2.3 Identify duty holders and their range of duties
3 Contribute to workplace hazard identification
3.1 Use knowledge of hazards to advise individuals and parties of workplace hazards, the harms they may cause and how these harms are caused
3.2 Apply knowledge of hazard identification to contribute to selecting techniques, tools and processes to identify workplace hazards
3.3 Contribute to applying selected techniques, tools and processes
3.4 Contribute to documenting hazard identification process and results
4 Contribute to WHS risk assessment
4.1 Apply knowledge of risk assessment to contribute to selecting techniques, tools and processes for risk assessment of hazards
4.2 Contribute to applying techniques, tools and processes to identified hazards
4.3 Contribute to documenting the results of risk assessments
5 Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of risk control
5.1 Apply knowledge of risk control to contribute to developing risk control options for identified hazards, using the results of risk assessments
5.2 Contribute to developing and implementing a risk control plan
5.3 Contribute to evaluating implemented risk controls
This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2
Locates, interprets and analyses complex WHS legislative and organisational texts
3.1, 3.4, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
Uses structure, layout and language suitable for audience to document WHS risk-management processes
Uses appropriate organisational formats and industry specific vocabulary to document risk control plans
2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 4.2
Uses structure and language suitable for audience to communicate information and contribute ideas about WHS risk-management processes
Navigate the world of work
2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Takes responsibility for adherence to legal and regulatory responsibilities and organisational policies and procedures in relation to WHS risk-management processes
Keeps up to date with WHS legislation or regulations and related organisational policies and procedures
Interact with others
2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
Understands what to communicate, with whom and how in the context of advising on hazards and harms Cooperates with others as part of WHS risk-management processes, and contributes to specific activities requiring joint responsibility and accountability
Collaborates with others to achieve individual and team outcomes
Get the work done
2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 4.1,
Applies formal processes to plan, sequence and prioritise risk control tasks, showing awareness of time and resource constraints and the needs of others
Uses formal decision-making processes in risk management processes, setting or clarifying goals, gathering information and identifying and evaluating choices against a set of criteria
Applies formal problem-solving processes, identifying and evaluating several options for action
Uses formal and informal processes to monitor and reflect on outcomes of decisions
Regulation, Licensing and Risk â€“ Work Health and Safety