Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to contribute to and follow the organisation's OHS policies, procedures and programs in the relevant area of work and in accordance with OHS requirements. It requires the ability to contribute to environmental work practice improvements within the scope of responsibilities of the job function.This unit of competency operates in workplace environments of racing administration, stables, kennels, racecourses and public areas.Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Check with your State Principal Racing Authority for current license or registration requirements.


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.

Maintain records.

10. Workplace safety and environmental records are maintained as required according to organisational policies and procedures within scope of responsibilities.

Required Skills

Required skills

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

following instructions

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.

Required knowledge

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:


engineering controls

administrative controls

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.

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 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).

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 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

industrial relations

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:


business operations

horse and greyhound handling

horse driving or riding

racecourse maintenance

race meeting operations

participating in recognised and industry-relevant training programs, including:

emergency evacuation training

induction 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 officer

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:

contaminated land

hazardous waste and hazardous chemicals

protection of the environment

renewable energy

waste minimisation

water efficiency

offence codes

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

zoonotic diseases.

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

workplace inspections.

Assessing and controlling risks may include:

applying hierarchy of control

correct manual handling, including:




eliminating hazardous materials and substances

identifying hazards

safely using and operating equipment, including:

fire safety equipment

first aid equipment

personal protective equipment

safety 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:

accident reports

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.


Unit Sector

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

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