Unit of competency details

BSBWHS501 - Ensure a safe workplace (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 25/Mar/2015

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
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Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBWHS501A - Ensure a safe workplaceUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015


Training packages that include this unit

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TLI - Transport and Logistics Training PackageTransport and Logistics Training Package 1.0,2.0-2.0 
SIR - Retail Services Training PackageRetail Services Training Package 1.0,2.0-2.0 
RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 2.0 
PSP - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
NWP - National Water Training PackageNational Water Training Package 1.0 
ICT - Information and Communications TechnologyInformation and Communications Technology 1.0-3.1 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 2.0 
BSB - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 1.0-2.0 
AVI - Aviation Training PackageAviation Training Package 3.0 
AUR - Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 3.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

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TLI50716 - Diploma of Bus and Coach OperationsDiploma of Bus and Coach Operations 
TLI50515 - Diploma of Deployment LogisticsDiploma of Deployment Logistics 
TLI50415 - Diploma of LogisticsDiploma of Logistics 1-2 
TLI50215 - Diploma of Materiel LogisticsDiploma of Materiel Logistics 
SIR50116 - Diploma of Retail LeadershipDiploma of Retail Leadership 
RII50815 - Diploma of Drilling Oil & Gas (On shore)Diploma of Drilling Oil & Gas (On shore) 
RII50715 - Diploma of Drilling Oil & Gas (Off shore)Diploma of Drilling Oil & Gas (Off shore) 
RII50615 - Diploma of Drilling OperationsDiploma of Drilling Operations 
RII50415 - Diploma of Civil Construction ManagementDiploma of Civil Construction Management 
RII50315 - Diploma of Minerals ProcessingDiploma of Minerals Processing 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  30/Jul/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 1.0.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements.

This unit applies to managers working in a range of contexts who have, or are likely to have responsibility for WHS as part of their broader management role. It is relevant for people with obligations under WHS legislation, for example persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) or officers, as defined by relevant legislation.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Regulation, Licensing and Risk – Work Health and Safety

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1 Establish a WHS management system in a work area

1.1 Locate, adapt, adopt and communicate WHS policies that clearly define the organisation’s commitment to complying with WHS legislation

1.2 Identify duty holders and define WHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel in the work area according to WHS legislation, policies, procedures and programs

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

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

2.1 Work with workers and their representatives to set up and maintain participation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation

2.2 Appropriately resolve issues raised through participation and consultation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation

2.3 Promptly provide information about the outcomes of participation and consultation to workers and ensure 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

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

3.2 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

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

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

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

4 Evaluate and maintain a work area WHS management system

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

4.2 Use a system for WHS record keeping to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation, and to maintain a record of WHS decisions made, including reasons for the decision

4.3 Measure and evaluate the WHSMS in line with the organisation’s quality systems framework

4.4 Develop and implement improvements to the WHSMS to achieve organisational WHS objectives

4.5 Ensure compliance with the WHS legislative framework to achieve, as a minimum, WHS legal requirements

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.

Skill 

Performance 

Criteria 

Description 

Reading

1.1, 1.2, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5

  • Organises, evaluates and critiques ideas and information from WHS legislation, policies, procedures and programs

Writing

1.1, 2.3, 3.2, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2

  • Produces WHS policies, procedures and programs
  • using appropriate vocabulary, grammatical structure and conventions to produce
  • Records WHS decisions according to organisational requirements

Oral communication

1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

  • Presents and seeks information from others using structure and language suitable for the audience
  • Provides information on resolution of WHS issues varying level of technical vocabulary to suit audience

Numeracy

1.3

  • Selects from, and applies, an expanding range of mathematical and problem solving strategies in identifying financial and human resources required

Navigate the world of work

1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.5

  • Monitors adherence to legal and regulatory rights and responsibilities for self and others in relation to WHS
  • Takes responsibility for developing, implementing and reviewing policies, procedures and processes in accordance with organisational and legislative requirements

Interact with others

1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.5

  • Plays a lead role in situations requiring effective collaboration demonstrating the ability to guide discussions and negotiate agreeable outcomes
  • Provides feedback to others in forms they can understand and use

Get the work done

1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

  • Develops plans or processes to manage relatively complex, WHS management tasks with an awareness of how they contribute to operational and strategic goals
  • Uses systematic, analytical processes, setting goals, gathering relevant information, and identifying and evaluating options against agreed criteria
  • Considers whether, and how, others should be involved, using consultative or collaborative processes as an integral part of the decision-making process
  • Uses digital systems and tools to enter, store and retrieve relevant information

Range of Conditions

This section specifies different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

WHS legislation must include:

  • applicable Commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice.

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title  

current version 

Code and title 

previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace

BSBWHS501A Ensure a safe workplace

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion volumes available from the IBSA website: http://www.ibsa.org.au/companion_volumes - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=11ef6853-ceed-4ba7-9d87-4da407e23c10

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • establish, implement, maintain and evaluate a work health and safety (WHS) management system for a work area of an organisation in accordance with WHS legislation including policies, procedures and record keeping
  • ensure organisational WHS compliance
  • 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
  • establish, implement, maintain and evaluate procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks using the hierarchy of risk control
  • provide information and complete documentation for a WHS management system
  • identify requirements for and request expert WHS advice.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • identify and detail relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
  • specify relevant WHS organisational policies, procedures, programs and practices
  • explain hazard identification and risk-management processes
  • describe the hierarchy of risk control and how it is applied in the workplace
  • specify in-house and WHS legislative reporting requirements.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced by individuals carrying out work health and safety duties in the workplace and include access to:

  • organisational WHS policies and procedures
  • WHS legislation, regulations and codes of practice
  • case studies and, where possible, real situations
  • interaction with others.

Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.

Links

Companion volumes available from the IBSA website: http://www.ibsa.org.au/companion_volumes - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=11ef6853-ceed-4ba7-9d87-4da407e23c10

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