This unit applies to personnel authorised by their agency to inspect sites or areas within their organisation’s legislative provisions and in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.
Applying this unit will involve conducting routine and non-routine inspections to identify potential risks, breaches of legislative and regulatory requirements and preparing reports and recommendations based on findings to the fire service and appropriate authorities.
Personnel competent in this unit will also have the authority to issue notices to organisations and owners.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Determine requirement for inspection
1.1 Need for inspection is identified.
1.2 Scope of inspection is determined based on legislative provisions and organisational requirements relating to the inspection.
1.3 Power of entry is determined in accordance with legislative requirements.
2. Conduct inspection
2.1 Designated area to be inspected is identified and defined.
2.2 Inspection is conducted in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.
2.3 Non-compliance and possible breaches are detected and recorded in accordance with legislative and organisational requirements.
3. Determine appropriate action to achieve compliance
3.1 Consultation is undertaken with the owner/occupier/ manager/person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU)/officer or alleged offending party to facilitate resolution in accordance with organisational procedures, if applicable.
3.2 Options foraction are identified that will enable compliance to be achieved.
3.3 Practical action plan to achieve compliance is developed as a result of consultation.
3.4 Action is undertaken to achieve compliance.
4. Prepare report
4.1 Report is compiled and submitted to satisfy the intent of the inspection in accordance with organisational requirements.
4.2 Details of the offence/breach are recorded and a clear report recommending action is submitted to appropriate personnel in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.
4.3 Infringement notices are initiated or processed, or the offence is reported according to organisational procedures.
This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
analyse options for action
communicate effectively verbally and in writing with the public
implement inspection techniques
provide written reports
use appropriate technology to gather information
legislation for which the organisation has responsibility and which must align to legislative requirements relating to issuing of notices, reporting risks to public and the environment
organisational policies and procedures relating to conducting routine and non-routine inspections, reporting risks, reporting breaches, collecting information, dealing with complainants, completing reports of incidents and complaints, issuing notices
potential risk to the public
potential risk to the environment
risk management procedures
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Assessment must confirm the ability to:
accurately identify and assess situation found
comprehensively inspect within policy guidelines
adhere to legislative and organisational requirements
accurately and comprehensively record and report.
Consistency in performance
Competency should be demonstrated over time in a range of actual or simulated workplace environments.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Context of assessment
Competency should be assessed on-the-job or in a simulated work environment.
Specific resources for assessment
There are no specific resource requirements for this unit.
Method of assessment
In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.
Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.
Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an agency-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:
interviewing the candidate
journals and workplace documentation
third party reports from supervisors
written or oral questions
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.
Organisational policies and procedures may include:
legislation relevant to compliance
legislation relevant to the organisation
operational, corporate and strategic plans
operational performance standards
organisational procedures, policies and guidelines
Non-compliance and possible breaches may include:
chemical spills, pollution
maintenance of fire safety systems
non-compliance to building controls, reasonable requests in an emergency situation or disregarding fire bans or hazard
Options for action may include:
contacting other emergency services
contacting relevant authorities
processing infringement notices in accordance with organisational requirements
Reports may include:
This unit contains employability skills.