Assist with workplace monitoring processes


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with monitoring a range of physical agents and conditions relevant to work health and safety (WHS).

It applies to individuals working in a broad range of WHS roles across all industries who assist with using a range of measuring devices to collect, interpret, evaluate and report on workplace information and data in relation to physical agents and conditions.

It does not extend to hazard identification, risk assessment or developing control measures based on the outcomes of monitoring, which are covered in BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control.

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 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 Assist with selecting measuring devices

1.1 Assist with identifying regulatory requirements and standards that apply to monitoring

1.2 Identify agent and/or condition to be measured through consultation with relevant individuals and parties

1.3 Identify characteristics of agent and/or condition

1.4 Determine the area where measurements are to be taken

1.5 Assist with identifying types of appropriate measuring equipment

1.6 Assist with the selection of measuring equipment according to the agent and/or condition, the environment, the activities being carried out and the level of risk to self

1.7 Recognise limits of own expertise and available equipment and seek expert advice and equipment as required

2 Assist with preparations to collect workplace information and data

2.1 Determine a sampling process

2.2 Consult with and advise those involved in workplace activities to collect information and data about the requirements, nature and purpose of the monitoring

2.3 Assist with defining a sampling plan after inspecting area and consulting with workers and affected parties about the nature of the problem

2.4 Assist with checking the operability of equipment

3 Assist with collecting workplace information and data

3.1 Assist with selecting and calibrating monitoring equipment, and selecting appropriate scale

3.2 Assist with tests

3.3 Assist with correct use and maintenance of equipment to collect information and data

3.4 Ensure own health and safety while collecting information and data, and record readings using expert support and advice as required

3.5 Assist with dismantling and cleaning equipment and parts, or dispose of appropriately

3.6 Assist with correctly storing equipment or making it ready for re-use as required

4 Assist with documenting and evaluating results of monitoring

4.1 Assist with interpreting and evaluating results against a recognised standard and documenting results

4.2 Assist with preparing reports on the monitoring process, including any regulatory requirements, and consider purposes of report and the target audiences

4.3 Assist with presenting required information and data clearly and logically

4.4 Assist with retaining results and records in a format that enables them to be readily retrieved according to regulatory requirements and standards

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.






1.1, 1.3

Interprets and analyses complex legal organisational and technical texts relevant to monitoring


1.2, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Uses appropriate structure, layout and language for reporting and recording information about WHS monitoring

Oral communication

1.2, 1.7, 2.2, 2.3, 3.4

Uses structure and language suitable for audience to present or seek information about monitoring


3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.3

Selects and flexibly uses a range of tools, hand-held devices, computers and technological processes to perform calculations

Collects, represents, summarises and interprets a range of statistical data appropriately

Uses a range of informal and formal oral and written mathematical language and symbols to communicate mathematically

Navigate the world of work

1.1, 4.1, 4.2

Takes responsibility for adherence to legal and regulatory responsibilities in relation to WHS role and responsibilities

Keeps up to date on changes to WHS legislation or regulations

Interact with others

1.1,1.2, 1.7, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Understands what to communicate, with whom and how in context of WHS monitoring

Cooperates with others as part of WHS monitoring processes, and contributes to specific activities requiring joint responsibility and accountability

Collaborates with others to achieve individual and team outcomes

Offers assistance and shares information and resources voluntarily

Get the work done

1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

With assistance, determines priorities and sequences the steps in clearly defined tasks and identifies and assembles the resources required in relation to planning for WHS monitoring

Uses formal decision making processes, setting or clarifying goals, gathering information and identifying and evaluating choices against a set of criteria

Uses familiar digital systems and tools to access, organise, analyse and display information relevant to role

Manages and maintains files securely in appropriate storage media and formats to enable retrieval according to regulations and standards


Regulation, Licensing and Risk – Work Health and Safety