This unit of competency supports licensed, registered and other racing industry employees to follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices.
Competencies attained in this unit apply to the greyhound, harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently when performance criteria are applied they will relate to either the greyhound code or harness code or the thoroughbred code and statements of attainment will reflect this distinction.
This unit can be contextualised for other industries while also maintaining the integrity of the unit.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Contribute to OHS in the workplace.
1. OHS legislation and safe work practices are known and followed within scope of responsibilities .
2. OHS issues are raised with appropriate people in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant OHS legislation.
3. Contributions to improvement of OHS management in the workplace are made through workplace safety committees or other workplace reporting methods.
Contribute to improvement of environmental workplace practices.
4. Environmental legislation and workplace safe operating practices and procedures are followed within scope of responsibilities.
5. Environmental issues are raised with designated personnel in line with workplace policies and practices.
6. Suggestions are made for improvement to environmental workplace practices within scope of responsibilities.
Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk management.
7. Safety and environmental hazards in the work area are recognised and reported to designated personnel according to workplace procedures.
8. Workplace procedures and work instructions for assessing and controlling risks are followed accurately.
9. Workplace procedures for dealing with accidents, fires and emergencies are followed.
10. Workplace safety and environmental records are maintained as required according to organisational policies and procedures within scope of responsibilities.
applying OHS and environmental work procedures
communicating with stewards, racing officials, licensed and registered personnel and others using assertive communication techniques to gather, interpret and relay information related to the conduct and operation of racing
contributing to risk control measures
identifying and reporting workplace hazards in the appropriate time frame and to the correct person
reading and interpreting workplace documentation, including rules of racing
relating to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
teamwork skills to ensure completion of job tasks in a safe and timely manner
workplace procedures for dealing with accidents, fires and emergencies
written communication skills to complete workplace documentation and reports.
basic knowledge of OHS and environmental legislative and workplace requirements
behaviour of greyhounds or horses in a range of environments
communication procedures, including reporting lines within the kennel or stable and wider racing industry
hazards and potential hazards in the workplace and risk control procedures
hierarchy of control covering:
personal protective equipment
procedures for participation in and communication of OHS workplace processes
racing industry animal welfare requirements
reporting requirements in relation to OHS and environmental workplace procedures.
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 following OHS procedures and observing environmental work practices
implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient application of OHS and environmental work practices
working with others to undertake and complete OHS and environmental procedures 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 that provides access to the required resources or simulated environment approved by the relevant State Principal Racing Authority. 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 follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices, including:
sample copies of local, state and federal legislation, regulations, codes of practice, safe operating procedures and industry checklists
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 conducted in a State Principal Racing Authority approved simulated environment.
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 follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices. Workplaces include greyhound kennels, harness and thoroughbred stables as well as greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racecourses, training tracks, administration buildings and public areas.
OHS legislation includes:
award and workplace agreements and other industrial instruments
duty of care and common law duties, including rights and obligations of:
legislation from local, state and federal levels of government that affects business operation, especially in regard to:
equal employment opportunity
OHS and environmental issues
requirements for consultative arrangements
requirements for provision of information and training, including:
emergency evacuation procedures
risk assessment and risk control
safe operating procedures.
Safe work practices may include:
developing and adhering to industry-specific safe operating procedures and checklists, including tasks related to:
horse and greyhound handling
horse driving or riding
race meeting operations
participating in recognised and industry-relevant training programs, including:
emergency evacuation training
specific hazard training
specific task or equipment training
training as part of broader programs, for example greyhound and horse handling
using industry codes of practice.
Scope of responsibilities may include:
ensuring safe and effective operation and completion of workplace tasks
not undertaking tasks that are beyond the person's ability to safely execute.
Appropriate people may include:
OHS work group
person to whom incidents, hazards and risks must be reported, for example supervisor or employer.
Workplace safety committees may:
appoint workplace health and safety representatives
conduct OHS committee meetings
hold informal consultation with work teams
listen to suggestions, and record and act upon requests
obtain expert OHS advice
write and forward reports and concerns presented by employees to management.
Environmental legislation may include:
legislation from local, state and federal levels of government that affects business operation in regard to environmental issues, including:
hazardous waste and hazardous chemicals
protection of the environment
prosecution and enforcement.
Safety and environmental hazards may include:
chemicals and hazardous substances
gear, machinery and equipment
greyhound and horse behaviour in stable or kennel and race meeting contexts
other people, including employees
physical environment, including run-off proximity to watercourses, rivers, dams or streams
unsafe work practices
Hazards may be identified by:
accident investigation records
checking work area and equipment before and after work
employee and employer consultation
job and work system assessment
maintenance of gear, plant and equipment
monitoring animal handling skills
reviews of OHS records, including registers of hazardous substances and dangerous goods
Assessing and controlling risks may include:
applying hierarchy of control
correct manual handling, including:
eliminating hazardous materials and substances
safely using and operating equipment, including:
fire safety equipment
first aid equipment
personal protective equipment
safety procedures for protecting self, other people and animals.
Accident, fire and emergency procedures may include:
adhering to fire drills and emergency evacuation procedures
disposing properly of infected or suspect animals that die
maintaining surveillance of animals once approved to do so
responding in accordance with organisational procedures
working within safe work practice guidelines and procedures.
Workplace safety and environmental records may include:
audit and inspection records
consultation records of OHS committees and agendas
dangerous goods storage lists
first aid and medical records
hazardous substances register
induction, training and instruction records
material safety data sheets for chemicals, hazardous substances and medications
plant and equipment maintenance testing records
safe operating procedures
workers' compensation and rehabilitation records.
Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes
This unit contains employability skills.
Refer to Unit Descriptor