Conduct an OHS audit

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 BSBOHS608B, 'Conduct an OHS audit'.
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. Plan an OHS audit

1.1. Define the scope, objectives and benchmark of the audit

1.2. Identify and obtain relevant documentation, including preliminary material, on the operation of the organisation

1.3. Identify and arrange resources required to conduct the audit

1.4. Assign timing, schedule and responsibilities for the audit

2. Develop an OHS audit plan

2.1. Ensure nature of information and data collected provides valid and reliable evidence of the systematic approach to managing OHS and risk controls within the context of the organisation

2.2. Include in sources of evidence key personnel and stakeholders

2.3. Ensure information and data collection strategies address issues of security, confidentiality, impartiality and equity

2.4. Include opportunities for corroborating evidence in information and data collection strategies

2.5. Develop and document the audit plan and submit to client

2.6. Modify the audit plan as a result of client input and preliminary trialling, and to adapt to contingencies as they arise

2.7. Re-submit audit plan to client for comment as appropriate

2.8. Negotiate issues concerning the audit plan with the client and amend documents where required

3. Develop an OHS audit tool

3.1. Ensure audit tool/s accurately reflect the criteria of the benchmark, nature of risks, identified relevant information and data types

3.2. Ensure audit tools focus on evaluation of performance of the OHS management processes

3.3. Ensure audit tools can be used with consistent outcomes by all members of the audit team

3.4. Enable audit tools to collect evidence in a timely and efficient manner

3.5. Modify audit tools as a result of preliminary trial/s

4. Gather information, data and OHS records

4.1. Consult a broad range of workplace personnel during evidence gathering activities throughout the audit

4.2. Gather types and sources of evidence, compare this evidence with the audit plan and identify reasons for discrepancies

4.3. Identify and use alternative methods when evidence is not forthcoming using planned methods

4.4. Check information and data reliability with a number of sources

5. Undertake OHS audit activities

5.1. Undertake preliminary evaluation

5.2. Undertake initial meetings and worksite familiarisation

5.3. Monitor progress of the audit plan with the client and/or audit team members to ensure resources are being used as planned, and that the audit objectives and audit time lines are being achieved

5.4. Progressively document and retain records of evidence and findings, in an appropriate format

5.5. Report in a prompt manner to the appropriate person/s, including supervisor and/or person in control of the workplace, hazards identified during the audit

5.6. Address own health and safety during the audit in accordance with organisational requirements and standards for safe work practices

5.7. Ensure information and data collection and evaluation activities comply with legal requirements and are carried out ethically

5.8. Undertake exit meetings with key personnel and stakeholders as appropriate

6. Report on the outcomes of the OHS audit

6.1. Present summary audit findings and recommendations to the client at the closing meeting, after consultation with key personnel and stakeholders

6.2. Compare results of the evaluation against the audit criteria

6.3. Present objective evidence with clear and concise findings, including benefits to be achieved by adoption of the audit report recommendations

6.4. Anticipate possible challenges to the report and prepare further explanations to promote acceptance

6.5. Recommend to the client corrective action and follow-up processes

Qualifications and Skillsets

BSBOHS608B appears in the following qualifications:

  • FNS60810 - Advanced Diploma of Financial Risk Management
  • FNS50810 - Diploma of Financial Risk Management
  • BSB60607 - Advanced Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety
  • FNS50811 - Diploma of Integrated Risk Management
  • FNS60811 - Advanced Diploma of Integrated Risk Management