Unit of competency details

RIIWHS301D - Conduct safety and health investigations (Release 5)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
5 (this release)Current 14/Dec/2015
(View details for release 4) Replaced07/Dec/2014
(View details for release 3) Replaced26/Mar/2014
(View details for release 2) Replaced29/Jan/2014
(View details for release 1) Replaced14/Nov/2013

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Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to RIIOHS301A - Conduct safety and health investigations 13/Nov/2013

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Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

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RII50915 - Diploma of Underground Coal Mining ManagementDiploma of Underground Coal Mining Management 
RII50913 - Diploma of Underground Coal Mining ManagementDiploma of Underground Coal Mining Management 1-4 
RII50215 - Diploma of Underground Metalliferous Mining ManagementDiploma of Underground Metalliferous Mining Management 
RII50213 - Diploma of Underground Metalliferous Mining ManagementDiploma of Underground Metalliferous Mining Management 1-3 
RII50115 - Diploma of Surface Operations ManagementDiploma of Surface Operations Management 
RII50113 - Diploma of Surface Operations ManagementDiploma of Surface Operations Management 1-4 
RII41215 - Certificate IV in Well Servicing OperationsCertificate IV in Well Servicing Operations 
RII40515 - Certificate IV in Resource ProcessingCertificate IV in Resource Processing 
RII40513 - Certificate IV in Resource ProcessingCertificate IV in Resource Processing 1-4 
RII40415 - Certificate IV in Underground Coal OperationsCertificate IV in Underground Coal Operations 
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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  02/May/2014 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release

Comment

1

The unit replaces RIIOHS301A Conduct safety and health investigations.

2

Editorial corrections.

3

Amended Application field.

4

Required frequency and volume of evidence amended in Performance evidence.

Substantial amendments made in Assessment Conditions field, including: references to Industry Sectors, assessor and subject matter expert experience requirements, how assessment should be conducted and what it should confirm.

5

Editorial correction to Performance Evidence. No new content.

Application

This unit describes a participant’s skills and knowledge required to conduct safety and health investigations in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries.

This unit is appropriate for those working in technical specialist roles.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

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.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1 Determine the objectives

1.1 Access, interpret and apply safety and health investigation procedures and documentation and ensure the work activity is compliant

1.2 Determine the scope of the investigation. Ensure pre- and post-incident timeframe is consistent with all requirements

1.3 Determine the proposed investigation objectives from an analysis of the available information and factors

1.4 Test the proposed objectives and clarify the scope of the investigation

1.5 Ensure the final objectives and scope of the investigation will be achievable within available resources and authority constraints

2 Gather information

2.1 Maintain site security and integrity of evidence in accordance with all requirements

2.2 Plan and prepare for the systematic collection of information

2.3 Schedule information collection and completion to ensure minimum backtracking or repeat actions

2.4 Ensure methods used to collect and examine information, including interviewing and recording, meet all requirements

2.5 Collect, test and organise all appropriate information

3 Evaluate information

3.1 Assess and evaluate information for validity and reliability and organise as evidence to aid decision making

3.2 Undertake further research where information is unclear or inadequate, and rectify

3.3 Analyse the evidence to determine the cause(s) of the incident

3.4 Draw conclusion(s) based on agreed standard

3.5 Ensure the findings address the established factual objectives

4 Identify courses of action

4.1 Frame options for the courses of action

4.2 Ensure options are provided in a form which meets the audience requirements, can be easily understood and enables the selection of the most appropriate course of action

4.3 Ensure the course of action selected will resolve the issues and reduce the probability of recurrence

4.4 Ensure the selected course of action can be implemented in accordance with all requirements

5 Prepare and present investigation reports

5.1 Prepare investigation reports

5.2 Present written and graphical reports clearly and concisely in a format which can be readily understood

5.3 Present the reports to the required audience

5.4 Review the investigation process and pass recommendations for process changes and improvements to the appropriate authority

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit. Further information is available in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package Companion Volume.

Unit Mapping Information

RIIOHS301A Conducting safety and health investigations

Links

SkillsDMC RII Companion Volumes - http://companion_volumes.vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingPackage.aspx?pid=19

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release

Comment

1

The unit replaces RIIOHS301A Conduct safety and health investigations.

2

Editorial corrections.

3

Amended Application field.

4

Required frequency and volume of evidence amended in Performance evidence.

Substantial amendments made in Assessment Conditions field, including: references to Industry Sectors, assessor and subject matter expert experience requirements, how assessment should be conducted and what it should confirm.

5

Editorial correction to Performance Evidence. No new content.

Performance Evidence

Evidence is required to be collected that demonstrates a candidate’s competency in this unit. Evidence must be relevant to the roles within this sector’s work operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria of this unit and include evidence that the candidate:

  • locates and applies relevant legislation, documentation, policies and procedures
  • demonstrates completion of conducting safety and health investigations that safely, effectively and efficiently meets all of the required outcomes on more than one (1) occasion including:
  • determining objective and authority of the investigation
  • planning and organising activity to gather evidence
  • undertaking research to gather evidence
  • engaging others in the investigation process
  • questioning and actively listening to those involved in the investigation
  • correctly collecting and maintaining the integrity of evidence
  • identifying and/or confirming the linkages between factors and outcomes, causes and effects and direct/indirect causal relationships
  • drawing conclusions and identifying appropriate course of action to resolve issue
  • writing clearly, concisely and effectively report investigation outcomes and presenting the outcomes to others

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of conducting safety and health investigations:

  • topic or subject area which is the target for the investigation
  • theory of safety and health investigative research and analysis
  • symptoms and possible immediate effects of post-traumatic stress in an investigation situation
  • appropriate Industry context
  • site procedures and conventions related to safety and health investigations
  • site risk management processes and their applications
  • conventions and requirements for written communications, including report writing

Assessment Conditions

  • An assessor of this unit must satisfy the requirements of the NVR/AQTF or their successors; and Industry regulations for certification and licensing; and,
  • this unit is best assessed in the context of this sector’s work environment;
  • where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated environment provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of this sector’s workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills; and,
  • this unit must be assessed in compliance with relevant legislation/regulation and using policies, procedures, processes and operational manuals directly related to the industry sector for which it is being assessed; and,
  • assessment may be conducted in conjunction with the assessment of other Units of Competency; and,
  • assessment must confirm consistent performance can be applied in a range of relevant workplace circumstances; and,
  • assessors must demonstrate the performance evidence, and knowledge evidence as outlined in this Unit of Competency, and through the minimum years of current* work experience specified below in an Industry sector relevant to the outcomes of the unit; or,
  • where the assessor does not meet experience requirements a co-assessment or partnership arrangement must exist between the qualified assessor and an Industry subject matter expert. The Industry subject matter expert should hold the unit being assessed (or an equivalent unit) and/or demonstrate equivalence of skills and knowledge at the unit level. An Industry technical expert must also demonstrate skills and knowledge from the minimum years of current work experience specified below in the Industry sector, including time spent in roles related to the unit being assessed; and,
  • assessor and Industry subject matter expert requirements differ depending on the Australian Qualifications Framework Level (AQF) of the qualification being assessed and/or Industry Sector as follows:
  • Industry sector

    AQF** Level

    Required assessor or Industry subject matter expert experience

    Drilling, Metalliferous Mining, Coal Mining, Extractive (Quarrying) and Civil Construction

    1

    1 Year

    2

    2 Years

    Drilling, Coal Mining and Extractive (Quarrying)

    3-6

    3 Years

    Metalliferous Mining and Civil Construction

    3-6

    5 Years

    Other sectors

    Where this Unit is being assessed outside of the Resources and Infrastructure Sectors assessor and/or Industry subject matter expert experience should be in-line with industry standards for the sector in which it is being assessed and where no Industry standard is specified should comply with any relevant regulation.

    *Assessors can demonstrate current work experience through employment within Industry in a role relevant to the outcomes of the Unit; or, for external assessors this can be demonstrated through exposure to Industry by conducting frequent site assessments across various locations.

    **Where a unit is being delivered outside of a Qualification the first numeric character in the Unit code should be considered to indicate the AQF level

    Links

    SkillsDMC RII Companion Volumes - http://companion_volumes.vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingPackage.aspx?pid=19

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