Implement prevention strategies

This unit covers the competency to implement public safety risk prevention strategies which can be used to reduce the risk to the community.


The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.


Prerequisite Unit/s

PUACOM011B Develop community awareness networks (Fire specific)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Provide advice on prevention strategy

1.1 Public safety risk prevention strategies are identified taking into account available information on hazards and environmental conditions

1.2 Public safety risk prevention strategies are assessed against organisation's criteria

1.3 Advice is provided to local forums on public safety risk prevention strategies in accordance with organisational policy and procedures

1.4 Advice provided takes into account type of risk, locality, and protection of life, property and the environment

2. Implement and monitor prevention strategies

2.1 Risk prevention activity is implemented in accordance with selected strategies

2.2 Prevention activities are communicated to and coordinated with relevantauthorities and other responsibleorganisations

2.3 Progress reports are provided to stakeholders in line with organisational policies and procedures

3. Review implementation of prevention strategies

3.1 Stakeholders are advised of the outcome of the implementation in line with organisational policy and procedures

3.2 Recommendations are documented and provided to appropriate personnel as proposed amendments to prevention strategies

Required Skills

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

Required Skills

resolve conflicts

ability to negotiate

analyse needs


Required Knowledge

legislative requirements relevant to emergency management

problem solving and decision making techniques

emergency management concepts and principles

techniques for the prioritisation and evaluation of public safety risk management systems

organisation's policy and procedures

Evidence Required

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

It is essential for this unit that competence be demonstrated in ability to effectively implement the selected public safety risk prevention strategy

Consistency in performance

Evidence should be gathered over a period of time in a range of actual or simulated workplace environments

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Context of assessment

Underpinning knowledge may be assessed through written assignments, project reports, debriefings and action learning projects

Specific resources for assessment

For the demonstration of competence in this unit it will be necessary to provide a real life environment and/or simulations based on real life incidents. These resources may involve complex scenarios sufficient to allow evidence to be gathered from a variety of sources and stakeholders on more than one occasion and over an extended period of time

Guidance information for assessment

Information that will assist or guide assessment will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Relevant authorities and other responsible organisations may include

operative and support organisations

other emergency organisations

water, gas and power agencies

welfare and counselling organisations

medical organisations

equipment suppliers


community service organisations

land management agencies

Federal, State and local government authorities

Local forums may include

local councils

local emergency management committees

community groups


Documentation may include

emergency procedures

standard operating procedures

relevant Australian or international documentation disaster/ emergency management

organisational and workplace operating procedures and policies

evacuation procedures

occupational health and safety procedures

applicable State/Territory, Commonwealth legislation and regulations

risk and hazard analysis

Applicable legislation, regulations and organisational requirements may include

State/Territory and Commonwealth legislation and regulations relating to public safety

state of emergency

Occupational Health and Safety regulations and legislation

industrial relations

workers' compensation

privacy and confidentiality legislation

freedom of information

environment protection legislation

equal opportunity

equal employment opportunity and affirmative action legislation

standards and certification requirements

quality assurance procedures

memorandum of understanding/ agreement




codes of practice

procurement procedures

mental health work (non clinical)

Community Services and Health Training Australia

Stakeholders may include


career and volunteer personnel

client groups

members of the public

community groups

industry groups

public and private sector organisations

non-government organisations

Members of Parliament

Public Safety risk prevention strategies may include

all aspects of comprehensive emergency management evolved from considering prevention/ mitigation


response and recovery including safety standards

legislation and regulation

building codes

land use management

public education

emergency management planning

mutual aid agreements

training and exercises

warning systems

critical incident stress management

community restoration

mobilising resources

implementing plans

financial support

restoration and reconstruction

prescribed burning

Assessment of strategies may include

determination of advantages


deficiencies and limitations

costs and benefits

Sources of risk may include

commercial and legal relationships


human behaviour

natural events

political circumstances

technology/ technical issues

management activities and controls

individual activities

Organisational documentation may include

emergency/disaster management plans

standard operating procedures

policies and procedures and guidelines

Community information may include

community information booklets

local media

local council

local emergency service personnel

Communication strategies may include




electronic transmission of information

small group or individual verbal communication

Communicating to promote understanding may include

using plain English (or appropriate community language)

avoidance of technical terminology and jargon

taking account of education levels

literacy levels

English language levels

familiarity with technical terms

may require use of interpreter or community liaison officer

positive relations with stakeholders may be promoted by facilitating open communication and responding promptly to queries

Organisation's criteria for selection of public safety management intervention strategies may include



leverage for further vulnerability-reducing action, cost effectiveness

administrative efficiency

continuity of effects

compatibility with other strategies

jurisdictional authority

effects on economy

effects on environment

possibility of vulnerability creation

vulnerability reduction potential

public and pressure group reaction

effects on individual freedom

Organisational policy and procedures may vary between sectors and organisations may include

legislation relevant to the public safety risk prevention strategies

legislation relevant to the organisation

operational, corporate and strategic plans

standard operating procedures

operational performance standards

organisational personnel practices and guidelines

organisational quality standards


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.