Follow environmental care procedures

This unit describes the outcomes required to identify, maintain and monitor positive environmental work practices. Competency requires recognition of basic environmental risks and hazards, and the following of OHS, environmental policies and workplace or industry practices with the aim of improving environmental care practices where necessaryGeneral workplace legislative and regulatory requirements apply to this unit; however there are no specific licensing or certification requirements at the time of publicationThis unit replaces FPICOR2203A Follow environmental care procedures


This unit involves following environmental care procedures in a variety of work settings including a forest environment, saw mill, wood chip mill, veneer mill, board/plywood mill, timber treatment plants, forest products factory, forest products sales and service, horticultural, domestic, local council and emergency services environment as applicable to the unit

The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify environmental care requirements

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to environmental care procedures are identified

1.2. Work order is reviewed and environmental carerequirements are identified and clarified with appropriate personnel

1.3. Existing and potential environmentalrisks and hazards are identified and reported to relevant personnel

1.4. Communication with others about environmental care requirements is established and maintained in line with OHS requirements

2. Ensure work practices follow environmental care requirements

2.1. Applicable OHS, environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to following environmentalcareprocedures are followed

2.2. Resources used in own work role are selected appropriate to work and environmental care requirements in line with site procedures

2.3. Procedures for dealing with environmental incidents, accidents, and emergencies are followed within scope of own responsibilities

3. Seek opportunities to improve environmental care practices

3.1. Work plans to improve environmental care practicesand resource efficiency are followed

3.2. Specific improvements to environmental care practices and resource efficiency are suggested to relevant personnel

3.3. Breaches or potential breaches of environmental regulations are reported to relevant personnel in line with workplace procedures

3.4. Breaches or potential breaches of environmental care procedures are recorded and reported in line with workplace procedures

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit

Required skills

Technical skills sufficient to use and maintain relevant tools, machinery and equipment

Communication skills and interpersonal techniques sufficient to interact appropriately with colleagues and others in the workplace

Literacy skills sufficient to accurately locate, record and report information

Numeracy skills sufficient to estimate, measure and calculate time required to complete a task

Problem solving skills sufficient to identify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures, review and accurately identify and interpret work requirements

Required knowledge

Applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices relevant to the full range of processes for environmental care procedures

Environmental protection requirements

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures relevant to environmental care procedures

Environmental policies and practices, risks and hazards

Environmental risks and hazard identification

Established communication channels and protocols

Problem identification and resolution strategies and common fault finding techniques

Types of tools and equipment and procedures for their safe use and maintenance

Appropriate mathematical procedures for estimating and measuring, including calculating time to complete tasks

Procedures for recording and reporting workplace information

Evidence Required

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

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence that they can follow environmental care procedures

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to, and satisfy, all of the requirements of the elements of this unit and include demonstration of:

following applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practice relevant to following environmental care procedures

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to following environmental care procedures

effective communication and safe work practices

following environmental care procedures in line with environmental legislation and workplace procedures

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or realistically simulated workplace

Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints

Assessment of required knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context

Assessment is to follow relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available:

workplace location or simulated workplace

materials and equipment relevant to undertaking work applicable to this unit

specifications and work instructions

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the FPI11 Training Package

Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of required knowledge

Assessment must be by direct observation of tasks, with questioning on required knowledge and it must also reinforce the integration of employability skills

Assessment methods must confirm the ability to access and correctly interpret and apply the required knowledge

Assessment may be applied under project-related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process

Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances

Assessment may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality, gender or language backgrounds other than English

Where the participant has a disability, reasonable adjustment may be applied during assessment

Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role

Range Statement

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.

OHS requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

personal protective equipment and clothing

safety equipment

first aid equipment

fire fighting equipment

hazard and risk control

fatigue management

elimination of hazardous materials and substances

safe forest practices including required actions relating to forest fire

manual handling including shifting, lifting and carrying

machine guarding

Environmental requirements may include:


organisational policies and procedures

workplace practices

Legislative requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice and may include:

award and enterprise agreements

industrial relations

Australian Standards

confidentiality and privacy


the environment

equal opportunity


relevant industry codes of practice

duty of care

heritage and traditional land owner issues

Organisational requirements may include:


organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

quality assurance

procedural manuals

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

OHS, emergency and evacuation procedures

ethical standards

recording and reporting requirements

equipment use and maintenance and storage requirements

environmental management requirements (waste disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

Environmental care procedures may include:

integrating environmental considerations into everyday duties such as preventing and minimising the production of pollution (discharges to air, land and water, hazardous waste, reducing burning off activities, recycling materials, conservation practices)

improving workplace maintenance practices (such as using a broom instead of a hose, using environmental friendly cleaning agents)

Work order is to include:

instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Environmental care requirements may include:

environmental sustainability

protection of water courses and water quality

soil and salinity management

reduction and disposal of waste

energy efficiency

biodiversity and habitat protection

conservation of natural resources

fire management

and actions to limit the impact of:

water pollution

soil erosion

land contamination


and actions to limit the impact to:

air quality

Appropriate personnel may include:


safety officers





environmental officers

Environmental risks and hazards may include:




planned and unplanned emissions

soil compaction

disturbance and erosion


disposal of waste

damage or disruption to eco-systems

displacement of plants or animals

changes in land use

fire risks and hazards

damage to habitats

illegal vegetation clearing

seed collection

firewood gathering

Communication may include:

verbal and non-verbal language

constructive feedback

active listening

questioning to clarify and confirm understanding

use of positive, confident and cooperative language

use of language and concepts appropriate to individual social and cultural differences

control of tone of voice and body language

Improving environmental care practices and resource efficiency may include:

assessing existing work practices and resource usage

implementing new policies and procedures

using resources in new ways

Environmental regulations are specified in:

work orders

work plans

relevant policies and procedures

Recording and reporting breaches of environmental care procedures may include:

referring to OHS policies and procedures

referring to quality outcomes

identifying risks and hazards

identifying incidents or equipment malfunctions

and may be compiled:

using a computer-based or other appropriate organisational communication system

Work practices in relation to methods/techniques/tools/equipment may include:

preventing and minimising risks

improving resource/energy efficiency

conserving energy

reducing carbon emissions

reducing use of non-renewable resources

re-using and recycling

minimising and reducing waste

reducing material consumption

eliminating or reducing the use of hazardous and toxic materials

reducing chemical use


Not Applicable

Competency Field


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor