Unit of competency details

AURC272003A - Apply environmental regulations and best practice in a workplace or business (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by AURAEA2002 - Apply environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 16/Jan/2013

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 21/Jun/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

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AUR20805 - Certificate II in Outdoor Power EquipmentCertificate II in Outdoor Power Equipment
AUM20212 - Certificate II in Automotive Manufacturing Production - Bus, Truck and TrailerCertificate II in Automotive Manufacturing Production - Bus, Truck and Trailer
AUR10105 - Certificate I in AutomotiveCertificate I in Automotive
AUR30205 - Certificate III in BicyclesCertificate III in Bicycles
AUR21105 - Certificate II in Automotive SalesCertificate II in Automotive Sales1-2 
AUM30212 - Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and TrailerCertificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Bus, Truck and Trailer
AUR20811 - Certificate II in Outdoor Power EquipmentCertificate II in Outdoor Power Equipment1-2 
AUR20611 - Certificate II in MarineCertificate II in Marine1-2 
AUR40511 - Certificate IV in Vehicle Loss AssessingCertificate IV in Vehicle Loss Assessing
AUR30711 - Certificate III in Outdoor Power EquipmentCertificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050999 Environmental Studies, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050999 Environmental Studies, N.e.c.  28/Sep/2006 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit of competency covers the competence to identify and apply environmental regulations and avoid potential hazards in a workplace or business.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to automotive business, excluding body repair, marine and mechanical involving the removal of components containing oils or other fluids.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

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 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. Identify and apply environment regulations

1.1. Reasons for ethical environmental practice in a workplace or business are identified

1.2. Environmental responsibilities of staff in a workplace or business are identified

1.3. Penalties for individual breaches of legislation are identified

1.4. Waste is minimised, waste materials, including solids, sludge and biological materials are sorted and stored in bins for recycling or disposal

1.5. Packaging on goods received is sorted and disposed of

2. Identify and avoid hazards to stormwater

2.1. No wastewater or contaminants are allowed to enter stormwater system

2.2. Parts and components containing environmentally hazardous materials are stored undercover in a sealed and bunded or drained treatment area

2.3. Liquid wastes are drained into storage or recycling containers

2.4. Spill kit is located and used as needed to prevent stormwater contamination

2.5. Spills are cleaned immediately and workplace is kept clean to prevent unintentional stormwater pollution

3. Identify and avoid hazards to air quality

3.1. Hazards of airborne particles are identified, minimised and contained

3.2. Hazards gases and fumes are identified, minimised and contained

4. Identify and avoid noise hazards

4.1. Noise creating activities are minimised and carried out within approved operating hours

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • collect, organise and understand information related to environmental procedures from legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines and workplace practices in a workplace or business
  • communicate ideas and information to enable work is undertaken in accordance with environmental best practice, coordination of work with site supervisor, other workers and customers, and reporting of work outcomes and problems
  • plan and organise activities, including preparation of equipment and material and selection of worksite to avoid environmental contamination, backtracking, workflow interruptions or wastage
  • work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to minimise wastage, optimise workflow and productivity
  • use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements and estimate material requirements
  • use planning, checking and inspection techniques to avoid environmental contamination and wastage
  • use workplace technology related to environmental protection equipment

Required knowledge 

Knowledge of:

  • aspects of environmental legislation and its implications to work being undertaken
  • characteristics and potential environmental impact of products used in the business
  • philosophy of prevent, reuse, reduce, recycle
  • procedures for reporting machinery faults and material defects
  • internal reporting procedures for significant environmental damage occurring in the workplace

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 

  • Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment
  • Apply environmental regulations and best practice
  • Identify material used in the business and assess their environmental impact
  • Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:
  • minimise risk of injury to self and others
  • prevent damage and wastage of goods, equipment and products
  • maintain required production output, product and service quality
  • Conduct operator maintenance on tooling and equipment to ensure environmental efficiency
  • Work effectively with others
  • Modify activities to cater for variations in workplace context and environment
  • Use of a spill kit.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

  • Assessment may occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with process equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.
  • Access to an automotive business excluding, body repair, marine, mechanical involving removal of components containing oils or other fluids.

Method of assessment 

  • Assessment methods must confirm consistency of performance over time and in a range of workplace contexts.
  • Assessment should be by direct observation of tasks and questioning on underpinning knowledge.
  • Assessment should be conducted over time and may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency.

Guidance information for assessment 

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.

Unit scope 

  • Work involves normal activities of an automotive business, including the occupations of glazing, accessory fitting, window tinting, trimming and bicycles
  • This unit is applicable to Certificate II qualifications. Other specific environmental units of competency apply to marine, paint and panel preparation and some mechanical stream qualifications involving the removal of components containing oils or other fluids

Unit context 

  • OHS requirements, material safety data sheets (MSDS), hazardous substances and dangerous goods code and safe operating procedures
  • Work is carried out in accordance with legislative obligations, environmental legislation, health regulations, manual handling procedures and organisation insurance requirements
  • Work requires individuals to demonstrate discretion, judgement and problem-solving skills in undertaking environmentally sound work practices
  • Competence may be demonstrated in workplace or business, excluding body repair, marine, mechanical involving the removal of components containing oils or other fluids

Tooling and equipment 

Tooling and equipment are to include:

  • spill kits and recycling containers


Materials may include:

  • MSDS

Personal protective equipment 

Personal protective equipment is to include that prescribed under legislation, regulations and enterprise policies and practices

Information /documents 

Information/documents may include:

  • environmental legislation, regulations and advice
  • workplace procedures relating to the use of tooling and equipment
  • work instructions, including job cards/sheets
  • site environmental policy
  • workplace procedures relating to reporting and communication of environmental issues
  • manufacturer/component supplier specifications and operational procedures

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 


Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field