Follow OHS policies and procedures

This unit describes the outcomes required to work safely adhering to defined Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and procedures to ensure own safety and that of others. The unit includes emergency, risk and hazard response proceduresGeneral 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 FPICOR2205A Follow OHS policies and procedures


The unit involves following OHS policies and procedures in a variety of work settings including a forest environment, a saw mill, wood chip mill, veneer mill, board/plywood mill, timber treatment plants, downstream processing of timber, forest products factory, forest products sales and service, horticultural, domestic, local council, emergency services environment

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. Follow safe work practices

1.1. Applicable OHS, environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to following OHS policies and procedures are identified and followed

1.2. Work tasks are performed following safe operating procedures in line with organisational policies and procedures

1.3. Operation and use of tools, equipment and machinery is appropriate to work task requirements and in line with manufacturer's recommendations and organisational policies and procedures

1.4. Personal protective equipment and clothing is selected and used appropriate to work task requirements, and stored in line with organisational procedures

1.5. Plant and equipment guards are used in line with manufacturer's specifications

1.6. Safety signs and symbols are identified and followed

1.7. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with organisational policies and procedures

2. Identify risks

2.1. Existing and potential hazards in the work area are identified and reported to appropriate personnel

2.2. OHS issues and risks in the work area are identified and reported to appropriate personnel

2.3. Hazard, accident or incident reports are completed accurately and clearly in line with organisational policies and procedures

3. Follow emergency procedures

3.1. Appropriate personnel are notified in the event of an emergency

3.2. Workplace procedures and work instructions are followed for controlling risks and protecting the environment

3.3. Safe workplace procedures for dealing with accidents and emergencies are followed within scope of responsibilities

3.4. Emergency and evacuation procedures are practised and carried out in the event of an emergency

3.5. Emergency and evacuation procedures are recorded and reported accurately and clearly in line with organisational policies and 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 personal protective equipment and clothing

Communication skills sufficient to accurately follow emergency and evacuation procedures; use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues; accurately identify and follow safety signs and symbols

Literacy skills sufficient to accurately complete and maintain workplace information, records and reports

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

Problem solving skills sufficient to identify potential or existing risks and hazards in the workplace and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

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 OHS policies and procedures

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for OHS policies and procedures

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 safely and efficiently follow OHS policies and 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 OHS policies and procedures

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to OHS policies and procedures

effective communication and safe work practices

response procedures to workplace risk, hazards and emergencies

accessing and applying workplace safety 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 isolation and 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)

Operation and use of tools, equipment and machinery may include:


the impact of their use on the environment

carbon emissions


Personal protective equipment and clothing may include:

that prescribed under legislation, regulation and workplace policies and practices including:


steel capped boots

high visibility vest



safety glasses

safety visors

hard hats


dust masks


ear muffs

ear plugs

cut resistant leg protection

Plant and equipment guards may include:

those prescribed by the manufacturer of the plant or equipment and specified to be used under OHS legislation

Safety signs and symbols may include:

hazard identification

site safety



warning signs and symbols

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

Hazards may include:

chemical spills


liquids under pressure

moving machinery and equipment

hazardous materials

work at heights

high temperatures






sharp equipment

overhanging beams


Work area may include:

forest site

manufacturing plant

retail outlet





Appropriate personnel may include:

safety officers






Controlling risks and protecting the environment must ensure:

own safety and safety of others takes priority over environmental protection

Records and reports may include

but not be limited to:

OHS policies and procedures

quality outcomes



equipment malfunctions

and may be:


using a computer-based system or another appropriate organisational communication system


Not Applicable

Competency Field


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor