Manage personal health and fitness

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to manage personal health and fitness in the racing industry workplace and on a personal level. The unit requires an understanding of common health and nutritional principles and requirements relevant to job function under a variety of conditions. It also requires an understanding of stress management strategies and ways in which to manage workplace fatigue. Drug and alcohol misuse, and other health risks are identified, including zoonotic diseases, as well as principles of fitness and strategies to develop and maintain fitness.No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


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.

Required Skills

Required skills

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.

Required knowledge

causes of workplace stress

effects of drug and alcohol misuse

exercise routines

improving and maintaining fitness levels

improving and maintaining health

nutritional requirements

racing industry health risks.

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.

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

simulation exercises.

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).

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.

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:

energy expenditure

food groups and nutritional factors

maintaining hydration levels

protein and carbohydrate requirements

recommended vaccination requirements

types of job functions and associated energy demands

weight management.

Drug and alcohol health issues advisers may include:


health professionals


sports physiologists

stipendiary stewards using rules of racing.

Hydration status may affect:

athletes, including:

apprentice jockeys


trackwork riders and drivers

other racing industry employees and employers.

Health risks encountered at work may include:

chemical use

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

physical environment


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:

being over-tired

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

assertive communication

conflict resolution

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

managing sleep

trying not to take work home.


Unit Sector

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor