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This unit is about establishing, maintaining and evaluating the organization’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs for a work area. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with legislation and regulations. This unit applies to managers and business owners who are responsible for WHS as part of their management role.

 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through:

· Assessor observation on the job

· Supervisor reference (if the assessor is not the supervisor)

· Review of your workplace documents (e.g. procedures)

· Interview/assignment based on the requirements below.

 

 

Practical

You will be assessed in a real situation on the job. It must be a safe environment with access to:

1. your organization’s WHS policies and procedures

2. WHS legislation, regulations and codes of practice

3. interaction with others.

You need to show that you have done the following:

1. Establish, implement, maintain and evaluate a work health and safety (WHS) management system for a work area of an organization according to WHS legislation including policies, procedures and record keeping

2. Ensure your organization’s WHS compliance

3. Establish, implement, maintain and evaluate effective and compliant participation arrangements for managing WHS including identifying duty holders, identifying and approving the required resources and developing and implementing a training program

4. Establish, implement, maintain and evaluate procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks using the hierarchy of risk control

5. Provide information and complete documentation for a WHS management system

6. Identify requirements for and request expert WHS advice.

 

 

Interview/assignment questions

1. What WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice are relevant to your role?

2. Describe the requirements in detail

3. Explain your organisation’s WHS policies, procedures, programs and practices.

4. Explain your processes for identifing hazards.

5. Explain your processes for assessing risk.

6. Describe the hierarchy of risk control.

7. Describe how the hierarchy of risk control is applied in the workplace.

8. What are the WHS reporting requirements in leglislation?

9. What are your organization’s in-house WHS reporting requirements?

Note: Your assessor may also ask you a variety of what if questions.

 

 

Detailed requirements

You must demonstrate consistent performance of typical activities in the field of this competency and comply with relevant WHS legislation, both applicable Commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice.

1. Establish a WHS management system in a work area

a. Locate, adapt, adopt and communicate WHS policies that clearly define your organization’s commitment to complying with WHS legislation

b. Identify duty holders and define WHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel in the work area. Follow your organization’s policies, procedures and programs.

c. Identify and approve financial and human resources required by the WHS management system (WHSMS)

d. Establish, implement, maintain and evaluate procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks using the hierarchy of risk control.

e. Provide information and complete documentation for a WHS management system.

f. Identify when you need expert WHS advice and ask for it when you need it.

 

2. Establish and maintain effective and compliant participation arrangements for managing WHS in a work area

a. Work with workers and their representatives to set up and maintain participation arrangements.

b. Establish, implement, maintain and evaluate effective and compliant participation arrangements for managing WHS. This includes identifying duty holders, identifying and approving the required resources, and developing, and implementing a training program.

c. Appropriately resolve issues raised through participation and consultation arrangements.

d. Promptly inform workers about the outcomes of participation and consultation and make sure it is easy for them to access and understand.

 

3. Establish and maintain procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks in a work area

a. Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks

b. Include hazard identification at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created by the proposed changes and existing hazards are controlled

c. Develop and maintain procedures for selecting and implementing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements

d. Identify inadequacies in existing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements, and promptly enable implementation of new measures

e. Identify requirements for expert WHS advice, and request this advice as required.

 

4. Evaluate and maintain a work area WHS management system

a. Develop and provide a WHS induction and training program for all workers in a work area as part of the organization ’s training program

b. Use a system for keeping WHS records. They need to :

i. be good enough to allow managers to identify patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organization, and

ii. include records of WHS decisions made, including the reasons for each decision.

c. Measure and evaluate the WHSMS according to your organization ’s quality system

d. Develop and implement improvements to the WHSMS to achieve your organization’s WHS objectives

e. Ensure that the system, as a minimum, meets WHS legal requirements.

 

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