This unit applies to staff members designated as safety officers during a specific indoor or outdoor activity at locations such as camp sites, training areas and outdoor sites, sporting grounds and competition venues or the warden in a sport, recreation or fitness centre, which may include a community leisure centre, gym, aquatic centre or indoor activities centre.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.
1. Coordinate response to emergency reports or signals.
1.1. Identify and respond to emergency reports or signals.
1.2. Attend, where appropriate, emergency situations and respond according to organisation policies and procedures.
1.3. Assess emergency situations and report details to designated personnel.
1.4. Coordinate emergency response actions.
2. Assess the emergency.
2.1. Conduct an assessment of the situation.
2.2. Establish an emergency action plan based on assessment of current situation and possible potential for escalation.
2.3. Prioritise actions promptly.
3. Coordinate the response.
3.1. Implement organisational emergency procedures and policies.
3.2. Supervise equipment selection to match the type of emergency.
3.3. Confirm and coordinate the safe use of emergency equipment.
3.4. Supervise selection and use of rescue techniques.
3.5. Improvise, where necessary, equipment and technique.
3.6. Arrange and confirm the safety of staff and clients.
4. Liaise with relevant authorities.
4.1. Liaise with members of the emergency team and monitor the emergency.
4.2. Refer situations beyond the capability of the emergency team to the appropriate authorities for assistance.
4.3. Provide information and assistance to authorities.
4.4. Control and coordinate, if necessary, emergency evacuation according to directions from relevant authorities.
5. Finalise operational procedures.
5.1. Complete and maintain an operational log.
5.2. Debrief emergency team members.
5.3. Evaluate operation of emergency procedures and recommend any changes.
5.4. Advise emergency team members to refer media inquiries to the nominated spokesperson.
communication skills to:
liaise with all parties to coordinate effective responses to emergency situations
convey information to relevant authorities
debrief emergency team members
problem-solving skills to:
assess emergency situations and develop action plans
improvise equipment or techniques where required
planning and organisational skills to coordinate resources and equipment necessary to respond effectively to emergency situations
self-management skills to review and reflect on own work performance in coordinating emergency responses
language and literacy skills to:
complete emergency documentation
interpret and respond to emergency reports and signals.
organisational emergency policies and procedures and staff responsibilities to enable prompt and effective response to emergencies and incidents
legislation relevant to own work role and level of responsibility including:
duty of care
occupational health and safety
hazardous substances and dangerous goods
public health and safety
location and use of rescue and emergency equipment to enable effective implementation of an emergency response
rescue techniques to enable selection of technique appropriate to type of emergency
emergency response agencies within the activity area and direct communication channels to enable information about an emergency to be communicated quickly and directly
factors that impact on emergency situations to enable appropriate contingency planning
behaviour and characteristics of typical emergencies to enable the development of an action plan to quickly and effectively bring the situation under control.
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.
Overview of assessment
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Evidence of the ability to:
identify and implement organisation policies and procedures to assess and coordinate emergency responses promptly and safely
comply with relevant legislation in coordination of emergency response
coordinate participatory arrangements for the management of the emergency response
complete all relevant documentation
evaluate and reflect on performance to identify ways in which emergency procedures can be improved.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
coordination of multiple emergency responses, which may be simulated to reflect the individual’s current or intended work environment to demonstrate competency and consistency of performance.
Assessment must also ensure access to:
equipment and resources to ensure adequate response to emergencies
staff and clients in industry-appropriate ratios
legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
Method of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
observation of applying organisational emergency procedures when responding to emergency situations
observation of interacting with safety officers and wardens to ensure effective coordination of emergency situations
oral and or written questioning to assess knowledge of relevant legislation which underpins the effective implementation of organisational emergency procedures
third-party reports from a supervisor detailing work performance.
Guidance information for assessment
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:
SISXWHS402 Implement and monitor Work Health and Safety policies.
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, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Reports or signals may include:
emergency warning and alarm systems
telephone and radio communications
Emergency situations may include:
hazardous release of chemicals
bomb threats or civil disorder
other natural or man-made disasters
Organisational policies and procedures may include:
Work Health and Safety
staff roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency
exit and assembly points.
Designated personnel may include:
Potential for escalation may include:
spread of fire
threat to adjoining areas
danger of explosion
loss of communications
involvement of additional persons
deterioration in environmental conditions.
Emergency equipment may include:
foam equipment and extinguishers
personal protective clothing and equipment
first-aid and evacuation equipment and resources.
Emergency team may include:
nominated safety officers or wardens
emergency team members
emergency response related persons.
Appropriate authorities may include:
Police Search and Rescue
State Emergency Service
Land Management Authorities
Australian Volunteer Coastguard.
Emergency evacuation may include:
total or partial
to an internal or external refuge
to an assembly point.
This unit contains employability skills.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.