Unit of competency details

PUAWER004B - Respond to workplace emergencies (Release 2)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 17/Aug/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced05/May/2009

Usage recommendation:
Current

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
PUA12 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 1.0-2.1 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
PSP - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 7.0-9.0 
BSB - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 1.0-2.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SIT50409 - Diploma of Holiday Parks and ResortsDiploma of Holiday Parks and Resorts 
SIT40812 - Certificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate IV in Holiday Parks and Resorts 1-3 
SIT40809 - Certificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate IV in Holiday Parks and Resorts 
SIT31212 - Certificate III in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate III in Holiday Parks and Resorts 1-3 
SIT31209 - Certificate III in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate III in Holiday Parks and Resorts 
PUA51410 - Diploma of Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental)Diploma of Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental) 
PUA50610 - Diploma of Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance)Diploma of Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance) 
PUA42010 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental) 
PUA40510 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Operations)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Operations) 
PUA40410 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Maintenance)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Maintenance) 
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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  03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Release 

TP version 

Comments 

2

PUA12 V1

Layout adjusted. Application revised.

1

PUA00 V8.1

First release in TGA.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to recognise emergencies in the workplace, to report emergencies and to take appropriate action.

For this unit workplace is defined as the area encompassed by an individual’s responsibilities.

This unit has been developed to cover the broad range of emergencies and workplaces as considered in Australian Standard 3745—2010.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to all personnel within an organisation, within all industries and in all contexts.

This unit places responsibility on individual employees in the workplace to recognise, report and take action during workplace emergency situations. This requirement is consistent with the legislative obligations of employees as prescribed in OHS legislation.

The knowledge and skills gained through the completion of this unit may be applied by all employees across all industries.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency.

Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Prepare for emergency situations 

1.1 Current workplace emergency procedures to be used by employees and other workplace occupants are identified and followed.

1.2 Emergency resources in the workplace are identified and located.

1.3 Emergency response exercises  are participated in according to workplace emergency procedures.

2. Report emergencies and potential emergencies 

2.1 Emergencies and potential emergencies are identified and reported according to workplace emergency procedures.

2.2 People in any immediate danger from the emergency or potential emergency are alerted according to workplace emergency procedures.

3. Respond to emergency warnings and advice 

3.1 Emergency warnings  and advice are responded to according to workplace emergency procedures.

3.2 Instructions  from emergency control response personnel are complied with during an emergency.

3.3 Sources of additional information are identified and information is sought from relevant people if the situation is not clear.

4. Evacuate from the work area 

4.1 Need to evacuate from the work area is determined according to the level of immediate danger or instruction issued under the workplace emergency procedures.

4.2 Work area is prepared for evacuation according to workplace emergency procedures and the nature of the emergency.

4.3 Area of danger is evacuated according to workplace emergency procedures.

4.4 Where it is safe to do so, assistance is provided to people who may require assistance. 

4.5 Evacuation procedures and instructions from emergency control organisation or emergency response personnel  are followed.

4.6 Alternative pathways or methods of evacuation are identified, assessed and chosen according to workplace emergency procedures if usual means of evacuation are blocked or endangered.

4.7 Communication systems are used according to workplace procedures.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

  • communicate effectively in an emergency situation as outlined in the workplace emergency procedures
  • identify an emergency/potential emergency
  • adhere to documented workplace emergency procedures

Required Knowledge 

  • circumstances where evacuation may need to be modified
  • emergency reporting systems and procedures used on site
  • emergency warning system, signals and instructions used on site
  • evacuation alarms and workplace emergency procedures used at the workplace
  • location of assembly areas and post-evacuation actions
  • location of emergency equipment in the workplace
  • procedures for reporting emergencies
  • roles, responsibilities and authority of emergency personnel, emergency control organisation and emergency response team
  • types of emergencies, the hazards and the evacuation actions associated with each one

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessment must confirm the ability to apply workplace procedures; to maintain own safety and the safety of others in emergency situations; and to follow workplace emergency procedures and the advice of emergency control organisation members.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over time with a range of emergencies that could be expected in the workplace including assisting people who may need assistance.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated workplace.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to:

  • scenarios that reflect a range of emergency situations that may be expected in the workplace
  • appropriate emergency resources
  • range of communication equipment relevant to the workplace
  • workplace emergency procedures and documentation

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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Emergency response exercises  may include

  • briefings
  • debriefings
  • emergency exercises, simulations and reviews
  • table/desk top exercises

Emergency warnings  may include

  • audible/visual alarms
  • audible or vibrating pagers
  • coded or uncoded public address announcements
  • e-mail
  • screen alerts
  • stench alarms
  • verbal alert

People who may require assistance  may include

  • babies and children
  • people with a mobility, intellectual, visual, auditory or sensory impairment, either temporary or permanent, who require assistance during an emergency response
  • people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • people who are injured
  • people who are not able to comprehend the instructions given
  • pregnant women
  • the elderly

Emergency response personnel  may include

  • emergency control organisation members
  • counsellors
  • emergency response team members
  • police, fire and emergency services
  • peer support
  • recovery team

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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