Unit of competency details

BSBWHS501A - Ensure a safe workplace (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 18/Dec/2012

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBOHS509A - Ensure a safe workplaceTerminology updated to reflect new work health and safety legislation. Element 1 and Element 4 revised. Guidance information for assessment amended. Critical aspects revised. Language simplified - EQUIVALENT. 17/Dec/2012
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBWHS501 - Ensure a safe workplaceUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UEP12 - Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector Training PackageElectricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector Training Package 2.0-2.1 
UEG11 - Gas Industry Training PackageGas Industry Training Package 1.1-2.0 
TLI10 - TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS TRAINING PACKAGETRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS TRAINING PACKAGE 4.0-4.2 
RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 1.0-1.4 
RGR08 - Racing Training PackageRacing Training Package 2.0 
ICT10 - Integrated Telecommunications Training PackageIntegrated Telecommunications Training Package 3.0 
ICA11 - Information and Communications Technology Training PackageInformation and Communications Technology Training Package 2.0 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 7.0-9.0 
AUR12 - Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 1.0-2.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UEP50412 - Diploma of ESI Generation Maintenance - Electrical ElectronicDiploma of ESI Generation Maintenance - Electrical Electronic 2-3 
UEP50312 - Diploma of ESI Generation (Maintenance)Diploma of ESI Generation (Maintenance) 2-3 
UEP50212 - Diploma of ESI Generation (Operations)Diploma of ESI Generation (Operations) 2-3 
UEP50112 - Diploma of ESI Generation - Systems OperationsDiploma of ESI Generation - Systems Operations 2-3 
UEG60211 - Advanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry OperationsAdvanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations 
UEG60114 - Advanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry OperationsAdvanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations 
UEG50211 - Diploma of Gas Supply Industry OperationsDiploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations 
UEG50114 - Diploma of Gas Supply Industry OperationsDiploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations 
TLI50713 - Diploma of Bus and Coach OperationsDiploma of Bus and Coach Operations 
RII50813 - Diploma of Drilling Oil & Gas (On shore)Diploma of Drilling Oil & Gas (On shore) 1-2 
Items per page 10 | 20 | 50 | 100
Displaying items 1 - 10 of 35

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  06/May/2013 
The content being displayed has been produced by a third party, while all attempts have been made to make this content as accessible as possible it cannot be guaranteed. If you are encountering issues following the content on this page please consider downloading the content in its original form

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This Unit first released with BSB07 Business Training Package version 7.0.

Replaces and is equivalent to BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace.

Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, 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.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to managers working in a range of contexts. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements.

Those who have or are likely to have responsibility for WHS as part of their broader management role should undertake this unit.

The unit is relevant for people with obligations under WHS legislation, for example persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) or their 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 National 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.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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

Pre-Requisites

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Element 

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 section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Establish and maintain a WHS management system

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 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

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

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 WHS management system

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

4.2 Use a system for WHS recordkeeping  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 so that, as a minimum, WHS legal requirements are achieved

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • analytical and problem solving skills to examine relevant workplace information and data to identify hazards, and to assess and control risks
  • communication skills to consult with staff and to promote a safe workplace
  • information technology skills to store and retrieve relevant workplace information and data
  • literacy skills to adapt and communicate WHS policies that reflect WHS legislative requirements
  • problem-solving skills to deal with complex and non-routine difficulties.

Required knowledge 

  • hazard identification and risk-management processes
  • hierarchy of risk control
  • in-house and WHS legislative reporting requirements
  • relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice that apply to the business operation.

Evidence Guide

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 following is essential:

  • detailed knowledge and application of all relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
  • establishing and maintaining arrangements for managing WHS within the organisation's business systems and practices
  • identifying requirements for expert WHS advice.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • appropriate documentation and resources normally used in the workplace.

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:

  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • assessment of written reports
  • demonstration of techniques
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of WHS policies, information provided on the WHSMS, and information about the outcomes of participation and consultation provided to workers
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of WHS and WHS legislation
  • evaluation of WHS induction and training
  • review of WHS recordkeeping system.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Range Statement

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.

WHS legislation  may include:

  • applicable commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
  • common law duties to meet general duty of care requirements
  • WHS legislative and regulatory requirements for:
  • effectively managing hazards
  • establishing consultation arrangements, including those for health and safety representatives and health and safety committees
  • providing information and training, including training in safe operating procedures; procedures for workplace hazards; hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control; and emergency and evacuation procedures
  • WHS legislative, regulatory and other requirements for the maintenance and confidentiality of records of occupational injury and disease.

Duty holders  may include:

  • as specified in WHS Acts:
  • officers
  • PCBUs or their officers
  • workers
  • other persons at a workplace.

Control of associated risks  may include:

  • administrative
  • as specified in WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
  • counselling/disciplinary processes, such as those associated with alcohol and other drugs
  • education about alcohol and other drugs work-related issues
  • engineering
  • hazard elimination
  • housekeeping and storage
  • issue resolution
  • personal protective equipment
  • purchasing of supplies and equipment
  • workplace inspections, including plant and equipment.

WHS recordkeeping  may relate to:

  • audit and inspection reports
  • consultation, such as:
  • meetings of health and safety committees
  • work team meeting agendas, including WHS items and actions
  • first aid/medical post records
  • hazardous chemicals registers
  • induction, instruction and training
  • manufacturer and supplier information, including dangerous goods storage lists
  • plant and equipment maintenance and testing reports
  • workers’ compensation and rehabilitation records
  • workplace environmental monitoring records.

Unit Sector(s)

Regulation, Licensing and Risk – Work Health and Safety

Training component details
The following details are displayed for each different NRT:-

Training packages

- Training package details
- Training package components

Qualifications

- Qualification details
- Qualification components

Accredited courses

- Accredited course details

Modules

- Module details

Units of competency

- Units of competency details
- Unit components

Skill sets

- Skill set details
- Skill set components

Click on the Export link to export the NRT information to MS Word or PDF.

Click on the Manage notification link to create or change a notification for this NRT.

When selecting the Display history check box a set of tables will appear displaying a log of historical values describing what has changed and when over time.

If you have access to make changes to an NRT, click on the Edit link on the upper right hand side of the summary box.