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Unit of competency details

AHCWHS401 - Maintain work health and safety processes (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCOHS401A - Maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) processesThis unit is equivalent to AHCOHS401A Maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) processes 26/Jun/2016

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 27/Jun/2016


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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  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate meetings and document actions that relate to the consideration of work health and safety issues in the workplace.

This unit is applicable to nominated work health and safety representatives in a workplace.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace and legislative requirements.

This unit applies to individuals who take responsibility for their own work. They provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and unpredictable problems.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) and occupational safety and health (OSH) 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 and Territory OHS legislative requirements.

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

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil.

Unit Sector

Work Health and Safety (WHS)

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. Provide information about work health and safety

1.1 Explain, with accuracy and clarity, relevant provisions of work health and safety legislation and Codes of Practice to the work group

1.2 Provide information on enterprise work health and safety policies, procedures and programs in a readily accessible manner, and accurately and clearly explain the information to the work group

1.3 Regularly provide, and accurately and clearly explain, information about identified hazards, the outcomes of risk assessment and control procedures

2. Facilitate the participation of workers in work health and safety observance and decision-making

2.1 Implement and monitor enterprise procedures for consultation on work health and safety issues to ensure that all members of the work group have the opportunity to contribute

2.2 Describe, with clarity, procedures used by workers to report work health and safety hazards, assess risks, and take action to control risks, to the work group

2.3 Deal with and resolve issues raised through consultation or refer them to the appropriate personnel

2.4 Communicate, with promptness, the outcomes of consultation over work health and safety issues to the work group

3. Implement procedures for identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks

3.1 Identify existing and potential hazards and report them to ensure the implementation of adequate risk assessment and effective control measures

3.2 Check that the work group implements procedures to control work health and safety risks and undertakes regular monitoring to ensure ongoing adherence and effectiveness of risk control

3.3 Identify inadequacies in existing risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control and report inadequacies to designated personnel

3.4 Identify and report inadequacies in allocation of resources to management to ensure safe work practice

3.5 Monitor and regularly report existing risk control measures in accordance with workplace procedures

4. Implement workplace procedures for dealing with emergencies and hazardous events

4.1 Implement workplace procedures for dealing with work health and safety emergencies, where necessary, to ensure prompt and effective control action

4.2 Report work health and safety emergencies in accordance with established enterprise procedures

4.3 Implement control measures based on the hierarchy of control to prevent recurrence and minimise the risk of emergencies and hazardous events, or alternatively, refer measures to designated personnel for implementation

5. Implement and monitor enterprise procedures for providing work health and safety training

5.1 Identify work health and safety induction and training needs accurately, specifying the gaps between the required work health and safety competencies and those held by the work group

5.2 Make arrangements for meeting identified work health and safety training needs in both on and off-the-job training programs in consultation with relevant parties

6. Implement and monitor enterprise procedures for maintaining work health and safety records

6.1 Accurately and legibly complete work health and safety records for work area

6.2 Use aggregate information from work health and safety records to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures within the work area in accordance with own responsibilities

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Unit Mapping Information

This unit is equivalent to AHCOHS401A Maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) processes

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Performance Evidence

The candidate must be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this unit in a workplace setting. Performance must be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • facilitate the participation of workers in work health and safety observance and decision-making
  • establish procedures to document the identification of hazards and assessment of risk covering the operations of the enterprise
  • identify work health and safety hazards and conducting the risk assessment process
  • implement enterprise emergency procedures and organise safety drills
  • provide staff with work health and safety training in risk assessment, and other areas nominated by risk controls
  • respond to emergencies and work health and safety issues in an appropriate and timely manner
  • facilitate meetings and document actions to consider work health and safety issues in the workplace
  • distribute information concerning work health and safety processes and requirements to staff
  • maintain work health and safety records

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • hazards in the workplace
  • relevant work health and safety legislation and Codes of Practice
  • hazard identification and risk control processes
  • the hierarchy of work health and safety risk control and its implementation for hazards in land-based industries
  • work health and safety training
  • communication and engagement strategies with workers
  • relevant enterprise management systems and procedures
  • accident and incident investigation
  • enterprise emergency procedures
  • participative work practices

Assessment Conditions

Competency is to be assessed in the work place or workplace and simulated environments that accurately reflect performance in a real workplace setting.

Assessors must satisfy current standards for RTOs.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72