Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures

This unit describes the outcomes required to implement SHE policies and procedures on a site adhering to defined policies and procedures to ensure own safety and that of others, together with protection of the environment. The unit includes implementation of recognised environmental care principlesGeneral 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 FPICOR3201A Implement SHE policies and procedures


The unit involves the implementation of SHE policies and procedures in a variety of work settings including forest environment, 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. Apply SHE practices

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to the implementation of SHE policies and procedures are identified and followed

1.2. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with SHE requirements

1.3. Tasks are performed in a safe manner and in line with legislative requirements and environmental care principles, organisational policies and procedures

1.4. Duties, equipment and materials are organised in line with SHE requirements and organisational procedures

2. Assess and control risks

2.1. SHE issues and Hazards in the work area are detected, assessed and reported to appropriate personnel

2.2. Work practices and processes are analysed to identify areas for improvement in relation to SHE issues and hazards

2.3. Changes to work practices and processes to improve SHE concerns are proposed, provided to appropriate personnel and acted on as directed

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

2.5. SHE, hazard, environmental or incident reports are completed in line with workplace procedures and State or Territory legislation

3. Follow emergency procedures

3.1. In an emergency, appropriate personnel are identified and contacted

3.2. Workplace procedures for dealing with own safety, safety of others, environmental incidents, accidents, and emergencies are followed within scope of responsibilities

3.3. Emergency and evacuation procedures are practised, recorded and implemented as required

3.4. SHE procedures are recorded and reported in line with workplace procedures

4. Implement environmental procedures

4.1. Organisational environmental goals are identified and assessed

4.2. Training and operational controls are implemented in line with workplace procedures

4.3. Environmental measures and impact on the environment are monitored and corrective action taken as required in line with workplace procedures

4.4. Care for the environment is integrated into all day-to-day activities

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 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, environmental issues and equipment faults 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 the implementation of SHE policies and procedures

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for the implementation of SHE policies and procedures

Environmental risks and hazard identification

Community issues in relation to the environment

Hazard identification

Assessment and control of risks

Emergency procedures

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 implement SHE 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 the implementation of SHE policies and procedures

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to the implementation of SHE policies and procedures

the ability to maintain safe and healthy working conditions

the control of environmental measures within the organisation

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)

SHE is to include:

policy set by governments, local authorities, regulatory bodies or organisations to care for people and the environment

ensuring a safe and productive workplace while protecting the natural environment and supporting its sustainability

using effective communication and education

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

Environmental care principles are to include:

environmental policy which ensures:

compliance, improvement (where required to reflect environmental policy) and prevention

continuous cycle of planning, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and improving environmental practices and systems

Hazards may include:

chemical spills


liquids under pressure

moving machinery and equipment

hazardous materials

work at heights

high temperatures






sharp equipment

overhanging beams


potential of equipment use and unsafe work practices to adversely impact on the environment

inappropriate storing of materials and equipment

blocked or no access and exit

Appropriate personnel may include:

safety officers






environmental 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:

OHS policies and procedures

quality outcomes



equipment malfunctions

and may be:


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

Environmental goals are to include:

environmental sustainability considerations and actions for operational and activity interface

material, energy (including renewable energy) and other resource use

emissions control and where possible, reduction

waste generation, control and where possible, reduction

product and service use

land and infrastructure interaction

accident prevention

practices that use materials and energy efficiently and effectively in terms of environmental sustainability

waste management, recycling and re-use outcomes that are environmentally effective, efficient and safe

Training may include:

in-house or external training programs

one-on-one supervision

programs that maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislative changes at the local, State, Territory and Commonwealth levels

Operational controls may include:

control of air emissions

solid and hazardous wastes

contamination of land





water discharges

energy use

raw material and resource use

hazardous material storage and handling

Environmental measures may include:

environmental and energy efficiency improvement plans (including the use of renewable energy)

workplace waste management systems

reducing emissions of greenhouse gases

reducing use of non-renewable resources

reducing chemical use

supply chain management such as choosing suppliers with environmental sustainability (and methods to monitor and improve their environmental performance) as part of their charter

holistically managing wood waste

applying carbon footprint strategies in forest operations

Impact may include:

assessment of actual outcome or potential outcome

beneficial or damaging

magnitude or degree




geographic area

which aspects of the environment it affects

is it regulated

who is involved

any consequences for other aspects of the environment

potential for escalation

Corrective action:

is action that supports environmental sustainability


Not Applicable

Competency Field


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor