This unit of competency supports employees in effectively managing their personal health and fitness in a variety of job functions at varying qualification levels in the racing industry. It is developed for licensed and non-licensed racing industry personnel.
This unit can be contextualised for other industries while also maintaining the integrity of the unit.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Maintain personal health.
1. Personal nutritional requirements for job function and general health are identified and applied.
2. Impact of drug and alcohol use is related to physical health and ability to perform job functions.
3. Impact of hydration status is related to physical health and ability to perform job functions.
4. Strategies to avoid health risks at work are developed and applied.
Establish and maintain personal fitness.
5. Strategies are developed and applied to minimise fatigue .
6. Impact on self and others of poor health and fitness is identified.
7. Personal physical fitness for job function is assessed and strategies are developed to improve fitness if required.
Manage stress in work role.
8. Factors affecting employees' ability to complete work role are identified.
9. On-the-job strategies for managing work-related stress are practised.
10. Off-the-job strategies for managing work-related stress are practised.
assessing own capacity for specific physical exercise
complying with OHS and anti-discrimination legislation and regulations
complying with organisational policies and procedures
demonstrating healthy methods of weight reduction and control
employing long-term strategies for weight and fitness management
employing strategies to manage fatigue in the workplace
employing strategies to manage stress in work and personal life.
causes of workplace stress
effects of drug and alcohol misuse
improving and maintaining fitness levels
improving and maintaining health
racing industry health risks.
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.
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 workplace operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:
knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions that are to apply when managing personal health and fitness
implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient application of long-term strategies for health and fitness management, including:
coping with stress and uncertainty in work and personal life
employing methods of fatigue reduction
working with others to undertake and apply personal health and fitness strategies that meet required outcomes.
Evidence should be collected over a period of time in a range of workplace-relevant contexts and include dealings with an appropriate range of situations.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Competency must be assessed in a racing workplace or simulated environment that provides access to the required resources. Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints. It is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements or Australian Standards requirements.
Assessment of the practical components of this unit will be by observation of relevant skills.
The following resources must be available:
materials and equipment relevant to assessing candidate's ability to apply personal health and fitness strategies
relevant racing industry work sites, such as administration buildings, racing kennels, racing stables and racetracks
work instructions and related documentation.
Method of assessment
Assessment methods must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Racing Training Package.
The suggested strategies for the assessment of this unit are:
written and/or oral assessment of candidate's required knowledge
observed, documented and firsthand testimonial evidence of candidate's application of practical tasks
Evidence is required to be demonstrated over a period of time, therefore where performance is not directly observed any evidence should be authenticated by supervisors or other appropriate persons.
This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role.
Guidance information for assessment
Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy and numeracy demands) and the needs of particular target groups (e.g. people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with a language background other than English, youth and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds).
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.
The range statement provides details of how this competency can be used in the workplaces of the racing industry to manage personal health and fitness. Workplaces include greyhound kennels, and harness and thoroughbred stables and racecourses, training tracks, administration buildings and public areas for the three codes.
Nutritional requirements for job function and general health may include:
food groups and nutritional factors
maintaining hydration levels
protein and carbohydrate requirements
recommended vaccination requirements
types of job functions and associated energy demands
Drug and alcohol health issues advisers may include:
stipendiary stewards using rules of racing.
Hydration status may affect:
trackwork riders and drivers
other racing industry employees and employers.
Health risks encountered at work may include:
diseases from animals, such as:
other zoonotic diseases
inappropriate self-management related to hydration and nutrition levels
injury from animals
other people, including employees
machinery and equipment
unsafe work practices.
Fatigue evidenced in the racing industry may include:
fatigue due to long distance vehicle driving pre and post-race meetings
fatigue while riding or driving due to lack of fitness or inappropriate dieting and weight control
inability to manage rest periods during split shifts
inappropriate use of drugs and alcohol.
Physical fitness may be assessed by:
demonstrating strengthening exercises
determining and applying exercise regime
understanding basic principles of human anatomy and physiology
understanding principles of energy intake versus energy expenditure.
Contributing factors to on-the-job stress may include:
females feeling isolated in male dominated workplace
inability to recognise issues that can be changed and those that cannot
increased responsibility when in supervisory role
taking on industry worries as personal responsibilities
unrealistic work goals.
Strategies to manage workplace and personal stress may include:
adhering to OHS, equal employment opportunities and anti-discrimination legislation and regulations
controlling alcohol and drug use
ensuring appropriate delegation of tasks
identifying personal behaviour patterns
practising regular exercise routines
time management of job tasks
working as part of team.
Managing off-the-job stress may include:
contributing to public welfare via volunteering
doing some physical activity not related to work role
having hobbies and interests outside of work
maintaining links with family and friends
trying not to take work home.
Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes
This unit contains employability skills.
Refer to Unit Descriptor