Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply practical and theoretical information related to OHS and environmental work practices. The unit is concerned with maintaining and monitoring the organisation's OHS policies, procedures and programs in the relevant area of work and in accordance with OHS requirements.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 maintain and monitor OHS procedures and 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



Maintain standards of a safe workplace and environment.

1. Legislation, standards and organisation's policies and practices relevant to the maintenance of a safe workplace and environment are conveyed to colleagues or work team where applicable, and are followed accurately.

2. Arrangements are made to provide information in a language, style and format understood by colleagues and teams .

Monitor, adjust and report safety and environmental performance.

3. Work practices are monitored with colleagues to ensure compliance with requirements specified in legislation and standards for safe workplaces and environments.

4. Actual and potential safety and environmental hazards are identified and reported promptly and decisively to ensure workplace and environmental safety.

5. Hazards are managed so that risks are minimised.

6. Waste recycling, reduction and disposal are carried out in line with legislative and organisational requirements.

7. Work practices for dealing with accidents, fires and emergencies are maintained and conveyed to colleagues and teams.

8. Contingency plan is implemented immediately when unplanned incidents occur.

9. Recommendations to make improvements to comply with legislation and associated standards are submitted to designated personnel .

Support participative arrangements for the management of a safe workplace and environment.

10. Organisational consultative procedures are monitored to facilitate participation of work teams in the management of workplace safety and the environment.

11. Information is gathered and improvements are suggested to support the development of improved safety and environmental work practices .

12. Individuals and teams are informed of improvements and training is provided where required.

Maintain records.

13. Systems, records and reporting procedures are maintained according to organisational and legislative requirements.

Required Skills

Required skills

analysing relevant workplace data to identify hazards

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 maintaining and monitoring OHS procedures and environmental work practices

consulting concisely and effectively with colleagues and team members

developing safe operating procedures

ensuring timely conduct of safety and environmental regulatory requirements, including:

consultative practices

emergency drills

accident or near miss reporting

staff training

workplace inspections

identifying workplace hazards and implementing risk control measures

interpreting and applying relevant legislation and regulations

providing information and training to suit differing needs, for example using large print materials or materials that use pictures and diagrams and providing culturally appropriate training

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

workplace procedures for dealing with accidents, fires and emergencies

written communication skills to complete workplace documentation and reports.

Required knowledge

behaviour of greyhounds or horses in a range of environments

communications procedures, including reporting lines within the workplace and wider racing industry

detailed understanding of OHS and environmental legislative requirements

hazards and potential hazards in the workplace and risk control procedures

hierarchy of control covering:


engineering controls

administrative controls

personal protective equipment

OHS committee procedures and requirements

procedures for participation in and communication of OHS workplace processes

reporting requirements in relation to OHS and environmental workplace procedures

workplace procedures for dealing with accidents, fires and emergencies.

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 maintaining and monitoring OHS procedures and environmental work practices

demonstration of maintenance of OHS and environmental business systems and recording 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 maintain and monitor OHS procedures and 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 maintain and monitor OHS procedures and 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.

Legislation, standards and organisation's policies and practices may include:

award and workplace agreements and other industrial instruments

duty of care and common law duties

industry codes of practice

industry checklists and associated documentation

legislation from local, state and federal levels of government that affects business operation, especially in regard to OHS and environmental issues, equal employment opportunity, anti-discrimination and industrial relations

requirements for consultative arrangements

requirements for provision of information and training, including safe operating procedures, risk assessment and risk control, and emergency evacuation procedures.

Information provided may include:

communicating legislation and codes of practice and relating these to work area

hazards and risk management procedures

indicators of potential emergency disease

induction for new workers

nature of work, tasks and procedures

providing direct supervision to inexperienced workers

vaccination program for tetanus.

Colleagues and team members may include:


kennel or stable staff

licensed and registered personnel


racing meeting operational staff

trackwork riders.

Actual and potential safety and environmental hazards in the workplace may include:


greyhounds or horses

machinery and equipment

other people, including:




physical environment, including run-off proximity to watercourses:




unsafe work practices

zoonotic diseases.

Hazards may be identified by:


checking work area and equipment before and after work


identifying employee concerns

job and work system assessment

maintaining plant and equipment

purchasing supplies and equipment

reviewing OHS records, including registers of:

dangerous goods

hazardous substances

workplace inspections.

Risks may be minimised by:

adhering to safe work practices

identifying unsafe workplace practices and procedures, including incorrect disposal of kennel or stable refuse and manure or faeces

implementing key elements of the hierarchy of control:





personal protective equipment

understanding individual animal behaviour.

Waste recycling, reduction and disposal legislative and organisational requirements will include:

adhering to local regulations and state government legislation

adhering to industry codes of practice

following the Australian Horse Industry Council code of practice.

Contingency plan may be implemented by:

disinfecting premises

disposing properly of infected or suspect animals that die

establishing exits points out of the restricted area

following procedures such as stock standstill, for total movement control on infected and dangerous contact premises

using established organisational systems designed to deal with:

chemical spillage



high winds

security threat, such as bomb threat

identifying incident, emergency or accident and responding within organisational procedures

maintaining surveillance of animals

preventing movement and gatherings of animals within a 10km restricted area

procuring vaccine

treating sick animals

tracing movement of animals

working within safe work practice guidelines and procedures.

Designated personnel may include:

OHS officer

OHS committee

person to whom incidents, hazards and risks must be reported.

Organisational consultative procedures may include:

health and safety representatives

formal and informal consultation with work teams

informing staff of avenues to address harassment, bullying and discrimination

obtaining expert OHS advice

organising and conducting OHS committee meetings systematically

other committees such as consultative, planning and purchasing

suggestions, requests, reports and concerns put forward by employees to management.

Evaluations to identify improved safety and environmental work practices may include:

checking fire and safety equipment is working and not obstructed

ensuring visual deterrents are in place, such as surveillance and signage

informing staff of avenues to address harassment, bullying and discrimination

security measures for staff working on their own or those working in hours of darkness

training employees to follow procedures, including in the event of unexpected or threatening circumstances

using workplace inspection checklists.

Training may include:

anti-discrimination and harassment

emergency and evacuation drills


specific hazard

specific task or equipment

training as part of broader programs, for example animal handling.

Systems, records and reporting procedures may include:

audit and inspection records

chemicals and hazardous substances registers

consultation agenda and minutes of OHS committee meetings

dangerous goods storage lists

first aid and medical records

incident reports

induction, training and instruction records

material safety data sheets for chemicals and medications

plant and equipment maintenance testing records

safe operating procedures

workers' compensation records.


Unit Sector

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

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