Manage Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCOHS501A, 'Manage Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Develop OHS policies and procedures

1.1. An OHS business plan and program is developed for the enterprise in consultation with designated personnel and/or management.

1.2. OHS responsibilities and duties are clearly defined, allocated and included in job descriptions and duty statements for all relevant positions.

1.3. Financial and human resources for implementation of OHS policies and procedures are identified, sought and/or provided as required.

1.4. Information on the OHS system and procedures for the area of responsibility is provided and explained in a form which is readily understood by employees.

2. Establish and maintain processes to ensure the participation of all employees in the application of OHS

2.1. Consultation processes are established and maintained with employees and their representatives in accordance with relevant legislation and according to enterprise guidelines.

2.2. Issues raised though participation and consultation are dealt with and resolved promptly and effectively in accordance with enterprise procedures for issue resolution.

2.3. Information about the outcomes of participation and consultation is provided in a manner readily accessible to employees.

3. Establish and maintain procedures for identifying hazards

3.1. Existing and potential hazards within the area of responsibility are identified and confirmed in accordance with legislation, Codes of Practice, and trends identified from the OHS records system.

3.2. A procedure for ongoing identification of hazards is developed and integrated within systems of work and procedures.

3.3. Activities are appropriately monitored to ensure that this procedure is adopted effectively throughout areas of managerial responsibility.

3.4. Hazard identification is addressed at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created.

4. Establish and maintain procedures for assessing risks

4.1. Risks associated with identified hazards are assessed in accordance with safe work practices, with information derived from workplace OHS records and industry wide information, and with relevant OHS legislation and Codes of Practice.

4.2. A procedure for ongoing assessment of risks is developed and integrated within systems of work and procedures.

4.3. Activities are monitored to ensure that risk assessment procedures are adopted effectively throughout the area of managerial responsibility.

4.4. Risk assessment is addressed at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that the risk from hazards is not increased.

4.5. Accident and dangerous occurrences are investigated and recorded according to enterprise and OHS procedures.

5. Interim risk control measures are implemented until a better or permanent control measure is developed

5.1. Measures to control assessed risks are developed and implemented in accordance with the hierarchy of control, relevant OHS legislation, Codes of Practice, and trends identified from the OHS records system.

5.2. When measures which control a risk at its source are not immediately practicable, interim solutions are implemented until a permanent control measure is developed.

5.3. A process of ongoing hazard identification and risk assessment, and review of effectiveness of control programs is developed and integrated into enterprise management arrangements.

5.4. Activities are monitored to ensure that the risk control procedure is adopted effectively throughout the area of managerial responsibility.

5.5. Risk control is addressed at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that adequate risk control measures are included.

5.6. Systems are designed to reduce risk and administrative arrangements to ensure safe OHS work practices are put in place where elimination of a hazard is not possible.

5.7. Effective OHS risk management measures are set in place during any modification of the buildings and structures, machinery and work activities.

5.8. Inadequacies in existing risk control measures are identified and resources enabling implementation of new measures are sought and/or provided according to appropriate workplace procedures.

6. Plan and manage enterprise procedures for dealing with hazardous events

6.1. Potential emergencies posing risk to health and safety of workers and the public are correctly identified.

6.2. Plans and procedures which control the risks associated with hazardous events and meet any legislative requirements as a minimum, are developed in consultation with appropriate emergency services.

6.3. Appropriate information and training is provided to employees to enable implementation of correct emergency procedures.

6.4. Adequate numbers of workers are trained in First Aid to ensure that first aid is applied to preserve life and minimise injury.

7. Establish and maintain an OHS safety induction and training program

7.1. An OHS induction program is developed to meet the occupational health and safety needs of new employees.

7.2. An OHS training program is developed as part of supervisors and employee's general training.

8. Establish and maintain a system for OHS records

8.1. A system for keeping OHS records is established and monitored to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the enterprise.

8.2. Records are regularly updated and used to evaluate the effectiveness of the enterprise OHS program.

9. Evaluate the enterprise OHS system and related policies, procedures and programs

9.1. The effectiveness of the OHS system and related policies, procedures and programs is assessed according to enterprise aims with respect to OHS.

9.2. Improvements to the OHS system are developed and implemented to ensure more effective achievement of enterprise aims.

9.3. Compliance with OHS legislation and Codes of Practice is assessed to ensure that legal OHS standards are maintained as a minimum.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCOHS501A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC51010 - Diploma of Sports Turf Management
  • AHC50810 - Diploma of Production Nursery Management
  • AHC50510 - Diploma of Arboriculture
  • AHC51710 - Diploma of Rural Machinery Management
  • AHC50110 - Diploma of Agriculture
  • AHC50710 - Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management
  • AHC51110 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
  • AHC51513 - Diploma of Viticulture
  • AHC51310 - Diploma of Pest Management
  • AHC51610 - Diploma of Irrigation Management
  • AHC51210 - Diploma of Community Coordination and Facilitation
  • AHC51410 - Diploma of Agribusiness Management
  • AHC50910 - Diploma of Retail Nursery Management
  • AHC51812 - Diploma of Organic Farming
  • TLI50613 - Diploma of Rail Operations Management
  • TLI50615 - Diploma of Rail Operations Management