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Unit of competency details

BSBWHS504 - Manage WHS risks (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBWHS504A - Manage WHS hazards and risksUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Title change 24/Mar/2015

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2015


Training packages that include this unit

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ICT - Information and Communications TechnologyInformation and Communications Technology 2.0-6.1 
MSF - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 2.0,3.0-5.0 
NWP - National Water Training PackageNational Water Training Package 3.0 
FNS - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 1.0-5.0 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0-3.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 2.0-4.1 
BSB - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 1.0-7.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

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FNS51815 - Diploma of Financial ServicesDiploma of Financial Services1-4 
ICT51015 - Diploma of Telecommunications EngineeringDiploma of Telecommunications Engineering
BSB51315 - Diploma of Work Health and SafetyDiploma of Work Health and Safety1-3 
MSF50313 - Diploma of Furniture Design and TechnologyDiploma of Furniture Design and Technology2-6 
NWP50118 - Diploma of Water Industry OperationsDiploma of Water Industry Operations1-2 
ICT60615 - Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network EngineeringAdvanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering
FNS51820 - Diploma of Financial ServicesDiploma of Financial Services
NWP50715 - Diploma of Water Industry OperationsDiploma of Water Industry Operations
CUA50415 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical ServicesDiploma of Live Production and Technical Services1-3 
FNS50815 - Diploma of Integrated Risk ManagementDiploma of Integrated Risk Management1-3 
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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  30/Jul/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 1.0.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to conduct work health and safety (WHS) risk management processes.

It applies to individuals who manage WHS risks, based on the organisation’s WHS management system (WHSMS), WHS information system (WHSIS) and risk-management approach (as covered in BSBWHS503 Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk). These individuals will work in a range of WHS roles across all industries and apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.

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 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.

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

Unit Sector

Regulation, Licensing and Risk – Work Health and Safety

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 Access information and data on WHS hazards and risk management

1.1 Identify sources of information and data

1.2 Obtain information and data to determine the nature and scope of hazards, the range of harms they may cause, and how these harms are caused

1.3 Obtain information and data to determine techniques, tools and processes to assess risk associated with identified hazards, and identify risk control options

2 Prepare to manage WHS risks

2.1 Apply knowledge of the organisation’s WHSMS and WHSIS to identify WHS risk management requirements

2.2 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation to identify duty holders and legislative requirements for WHS risk management

3 Develop and implement WHS risk-management processes

3.1 Apply techniques, tools and processes to identify hazards, assess associated risks and identify risk control options

3.2 Apply knowledge of hazards and risks to select appropriate risk controls

3.3 Develop and implement a risk control plan and evaluate risk controls

3.4 Carry out hazard identification and risk management according to organisational and legal requirements

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.

Skill 

Performance 

Criteria 

Description 

Reading

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

  • Organises, interprets evaluates and critiques ideas and information in relation to WHS risk management

Writing

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

  • Uses industry specific terminology and appropriate formats to draft and develop risk control plans and processes
  • Records results of risk-management processes according to organisational requirements

Navigate the world of work

2.1, 2.2, 3.4

  • Monitors adherence to legal, regulatory and organisational rights and responsibilities for self and others in relation to WHS risk management

Interact with others

3.1, 3.2, 3.3

  • Collaborates with others to achieve joint outcomes, playing an active role in facilitating effective group interaction and taking a leadership role when required

Get the work done

1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

  • Uses logical planning processes, and an increasingly intuitive understanding of context, to identify relevant information and risks, and to identify and evaluate strategies and resources for risk management planning
  • Sequences and schedules complex activities, monitors implementation, and manages relevant communication in relation to risk management planning
  • Uses systematic, analytical processes in complex, non-routine situations, setting goals, gathering relevant information, identifying and evaluating options against agreed criteria
  • Uses common digital systems and tools to locate and store information

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title  

current version 

Code and title 

previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

BSBWHS504 Manage WHS risks

BSBWHS504A Manage WHS hazards and risks

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages.

Title change

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=11ef6853-ceed-4ba7-9d87-4da407e23c10

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • access information and data on hazards and how to manage associated risks
  • identify duty holders and legislative requirements for work health and safety (WHS) risk management
  • use the organisation's WHS management system (WHSMS) and WHS information system (WHSIS) to conduct the following risk management processes:
  • identify hazards and potential hazards
  • assess the associated risks
  • identify control options
  • select suitable options
  • develop and implement a risk control plan
  • evaluate risk controls
  • carry out hazard identification and risk management.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • describe the basic principles of workplace incident, injury and disease causation
  • explain the meanings of 'hazard' and 'risk' and how they differ
  • identify formal and informal communication and consultation processes and key personnel related to communication
  • describe how the characteristics and composition of the workforce impact on WHS risk and the management of WHS, including:
  • communication skills
  • cultural background and diversity
  • gender
  • labour market changes
  • language, literacy and numeracy levels of the workforce
  • structure and organisation of the workforce, including part-time, casual and contract workers; shift rosters and geographical location
  • workers with specific needs and limitations
  • workplace culture in relation to alcohol and other drug use
  • identify internal and external sources of WHS information and data and how to access them
  • explain the limitations of generic hazard identification and risk assessment checklists and risk ranking processes
  • outline methods for providing evidence of compliance with WHS legislation
  • describe the nature of workplace processes (work flow, planning and control) and hazards relevant to the workplace
  • describe organisational culture as it impacts on the work team
  • summarise organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems
  • list other functional areas that impact on the management of WHS
  • outline the principles and practices of a systematic approach to managing WHS
  • outline Commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidance material and other publications relevant to the organisation
  • outline risk management as a duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings or officers under WHS legislation
  • describe the roles and responsibilities of individuals and parties under WHS legislation
  • outline standard industry controls for a range of hazards
  • identify techniques, tools and processes for identifying health and safety hazards and assessing and controlling the associated risks, including:
  • hazard and risk checklists
  • hazard hunts
  • job safety analyses
  • manifests and registers, including for dangerous goods, hazardous chemicals and plant
  • safe work method statements
  • surveys using questionnaires, interviews and other survey techniques
  • workplace inspections and walk-throughs.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced by individuals carrying out work health and safety duties in the workplace and include access to:

  • workplace policies and procedures
  • office equipment and resources
  • relevant Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines relating to risks found in the workplace
  • case studies and, where possible, real situations.

Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=11ef6853-ceed-4ba7-9d87-4da407e23c10