Maintain WHS processes


This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to perform at a supervisory level in the work group, in maintaining and ensuring work health and safety.

The unit applies to production operators and technicians with supervisory or team leader responsibilities, who maintain work health and safety (WHS) in the workplace, in a pulp or paper manufacturing facility.

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. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.

1. Provide information to the work group

1.1. Clearly and accurately explain to the work group relevant provisions of work health and safety (WHS) standards, codes of practice/compliance codes, guidance material and safe working procedures and practices.

1.2. Provide information on organisational policies and procedures in a readily accessible manner and clearly explain to the work group.

1.3. Explain the roles and responsibilities of workplace WHS representatives and WHS committees.

1.4. Provide information to the work group, in an accessible and understandable format, on hazards, the outcomes of risk assessments, and required risk controls.

2. Ensure others are able to implement safe work practices

2.1. Ensure personal protective equipment appropriate to the work is available and functional.

2.2. Implement processes to confirm that others in the work group can identify specific hazards and required risk controls and are following safe work practices, and organisational policies and procedures.

2.3. Identify WHS training needs and either address or report these needs to those with control.

3. Implement WHS participative processes

3.1. Consult with the work group and provide advice in relation to WHS matters relevant to their work.

3.2. Ensure WHS issues raised are dealt with promptly, and in line with organisational procedures and legislative requirements, or referred to appropriate personnel.

3.3. Record outcomes of consultation regarding WHS and promptly communicate these outcomes to the work group.

4. Monitor compliance with work procedures

4.1. Check the work procedures for availability, clarity and completeness, addressing any deficiencies or reporting them to appropriate persons.

4.2. Identify and address any deviations from procedures or report to appropriate persons.

4.3. Evaluate hazard identification and reporting processes for effectiveness and address any deficiencies or report to appropriate persons.

4.4. Monitor WHS housekeeping practices to ensure that workplace standards are maintained, and take action to address any deficiencies.

4.5. Ensure own behaviour is consistent with organisational safe working procedures and practices.

5. Implement hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control procedures

5.1. Ensure hazards are identified and eliminated with residual risk reported in line with organisational procedures.

5.2. Conduct risk assessments.

5.3. Develop control measures, taking account of the hierarchy of control.

5.4. Implement and support outcomes of risk assessments and identified risk control.

5.5. Identify and address and/or report deficiencies in WHS risk controls in line with organisational procedures.

5.6. Identify personal professional limitations and seek expert advice as required.

6. Implement organisational procedures for maintaining WHS records

6.1. Obtain feedback to ensure that work group is aware of organisational reporting requirements.

6.2. Review WHS records to confirm that they are completed in an accurate, thorough and timely manner in line with legislative and organisational requirements.

6.3. Use aggregate information and data from records to identify hazards and monitor risk controls.

7. Implement emergency procedures

7.1. Obtain feedback to ensure that emergency procedures are available and known by the work group.

7.2. Implement processes to ensure that emergency equipment is available and routinely checked for functionality.

7.3. Implement processes to ensure that others in the work group are able to respond appropriately to emergencies.

7.4. Conduct or contribute to investigations to identify cause of emergencies.

7.5. Identify and implement or support control measures to prevent recurrence and minimise risk of emergencies.

Evidence of Performance

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and must be able to provide evidence that they can:

maintain work health and safety (WHS) processes in the workplace, at least twice in line with required enterprise intervals, in a pulp and paper manufacturing facility, by:

using and ensuring others use personal protective equipment (PPE) including head protection, face and eye protection, respiratory protection, hearing protection, hand protection and clothing and footwear

supporting others in the work group and presenting information on procedures, roles and responsibilities, hazards and risks in a clear and concise way

providing advice and feedback in a constructive and supportive manner to the work group

implementing participative processes, directing staff and conducting team meetings on safety issues

participating by making contributions to WHS meetings and consultative activities on eliminating hazards and reducing risks

consulting with the work group and recording outcomes from consultations

monitoring compliance with work safety procedures and identifying and correcting any deviations from procedures

implementing hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control procedures reporting WHS issues to designated personnel and completing records according to organizational procedures and legislative requirements

implementing emergency response procedures according to organizational requirements

using emergency equipment as part of emergency response including first aid equipment, eye wash shower or portable eye washes, fire extinguishers and equipment, communication equipment, torches/emergency lighting and items of clothing including coloured hats and vests

reporting safety performance and compliance through the workplace communication system, through written and verbal means.

Evidence of Knowledge

A person competent in this unit must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

general duty requirements of WHS legislation and regulatory requirements relevant to the particular industry/type of work site

procedures related to common workplace hazards including chemicals, bodily fluids, noise, manual handling, work postures, underfoot hazards and moving parts of machinery

guidance material including codes of practice/compliance codes relevant to the particular industry/type of work site

procedures to implement legislative requirements for WHS record keeping for:

serious incident and injury reporting

registered plant

hazardous substances and dangerous goods

environmental monitoring; and

health surveillance

workplace WHS records and their appropriate use including:

hazard, incident and investigation reports

workplace inspection reports

incident investigation reports

first aid reports

minutes of meetings

Job Safety Analysis (JSAs) and Risk Assessments (RAs)

safety data sheets (MSDS) and registers

employee handbooks

plant and equipment operation records including those relevant to registered plant

maintenance and testing reports

training records

environmental monitoring records

health surveillance records

workplace specific information including:

sources of WHS information in the workplace

legal rights and responsibilities of the workplace parties as documented in work safety procedures

hazards of the particular work environment

hazard identification procedures relevant to the hazards in their workplace

risk controls for specific hazards

designated person(s) for raising WHS issues

roles and responsibilities of employees, supervisors and managers in the workplace

roles and responsibilities of WHS representatives, WHS committees and employers

organisational procedures related to WHS including hazard, incident and injury reporting, hazard identification, risk assessment and control, consultation and participation, incident investigation, record keeping

potential emergency situations, alarms and signals, and required response.

Assessment Conditions

The following resources must be made available:

access to workplace WHS systems and processes in a pulp or paper manufacturing facility

personal protective equipment required to be worn when working in a pulp and paper manufacturing facility

relevant personnel for the purposes of communicating information

sample workplace documentation, procedures and reports relevant to WHS in the workplace.

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or in a productive environment that accurately reflects performance in a workplace.

Assessor requirements

Assessors must:

hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and

be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and

be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Foundation Skills

This section describes those core and employment skills that are essential to performance and are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Learning skills to:

assess and identify own limitations in relation to WHS knowledge.

Oral communication skills to:

communicate with personnel in the work team, other work teams, managers and expert advisers about workplace safety.

Reading skills to:

read and interpret graphical and written safety information.

Writing skills to:

complete workplace records accurately and legibly, using correct technical vocabulary.

Problem solving skills to:

identify and action problems regarding implementing safety practices, within level of responsibility.

Range Statement

Not Applicable


Pulp and Paper Manufacturing