Unit of competency details

MSFFDT4006 - Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of designs (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to LMFFDT4008A - Determine occupational health and safety implications of designsSupersedes and is equivalent to LMFFDT4008A Determine occupational health and safety implications of designs 09/Dec/2013
Is superseded by MSFFDM5008 - Evaluate design proposals and conceptsMSFFDM5008 Evaluate design proposals and concepts supersedes and is not equivalent to MSFFDT4006 Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of designs 02/Jun/2022

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Dec/2013


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 1 - New unit of competency


This unit of competency covers identifying and assessing WHS implications of furniture designs, including accessories and materials, to determine potential hazards for a range of customer groups and those involved in their production. It includes identifying and acting upon hazards and risks within the workplace, and participating in WHS related training.

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

Pre-requisite Unit

Competency Field

Unit Sector

Furniture design and technology

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Identify principles of WHS


Duty of care and responsibilities of individuals and organisations are defined


Concepts of hierarchy of control are identified and related to the workplace


Codes of practice relating to specific workplace risks are identified


Importance of a systematic approach to WHS is understood


Applicable WHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to furniture designs are identified


The furnishing materials to be used and their key characteristics are identified


Assess WHS implications for furniture manufacturing


Hazards associated with materials used in the manufacture of furniture are identified


Hazards associated with production of furniture are identified


Safety measures implemented to control hazards to manufacturers are identified and implications for furniture designs evaluated


Information resources on safety aspects of materials and technology used in the production of furniture are identified and accessed


Assess WHS implications for customers


Range of customers for furniture products are identified and potential hazards for users determined


Potential hazards associated with components and accessories are identified


Safety measures implemented to control hazards to users are identified and implications for furniture designs evaluated


Information resources on safety aspects of furniture design are identified and accessed


Assess risk


Likelihood of hazards causing harm is considered and determined


Consequence if the event should occur is evaluated and determined


Risk level (likelihood and consequence combined) is considered and determined


Apply risk control measures to furniture design


Designs are evaluated for WHS implications


Range of treatments which may eliminate or minimise risks are identified


Feasible options are subject to detailed analysis, including the identification of resource requirements


Most appropriate treatment for addressing risk is selected and applied to design

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency. Detail on appropriate performance levels for each furnishing unit of competency in reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy utilising the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) are provided in the Furnishing Training Package Implementation Guide.

Range of Conditions

Specifies different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included. Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Unit context includes: 

  • work is carried out in accordance with legislative obligations, environmental legislation, relevant health regulations, manual handling procedures and organisation insurance requirements
  • work requires individuals to demonstrate conceptual and analytical ability, discretion, judgement and problem solving
  • customers or suppliers may be internal or external

Duty of care includes: 

  • everything ‘reasonably practicable’ to be done to protect the health and safety of others at the workplace. This duty is placed on:
  • all employers
  • their employees
  • any others who have an influence on the hazards in a workplace

Hierarchy of control includes: 

  • the range of feasible options for managing the risk to health and safety. The hierarchy is:
  • elimination of the hazard
  • its substitution with a less harmful version
  • its redesign
  • engineering controls
  • isolation of the hazard from people at the workplace
  • safe work practices
  • redesigning work systems
  • the use of personal protective equipment by people at the workplace

Systematic approach includes: 

  • hazard identification
  • risk assessment
  • risk control
  • review

WHS requirements include: 

  • Commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulations, organisational safety policies and procedures
  • use of personal protective equipment and clothing
  • firefighting equipment
  • first aid equipment
  • hazard and risk control and elimination
  • control of hazardous materials and substances
  • manual handling, including lifting and carrying

Materials include: 

  • fabrics
  • finishes
  • wood
  • metal
  • plastic
  • paint
  • foam
  • oils
  • animal skin
  • adhesives
  • nails
  • staples

Hazards associated with materials include: 

  • chemical properties:
  • toxicity
  • fumes
  • combustibility
  • physical properties:
  • strength/weakness
  • splintering
  • breakage
  • weight
  • components:
  • adhesives
  • nails
  • staples

Hazards associated with production include: 

  • manual handling
  • finishing and production processes
  • use of tools and machinery
  • dust inhalation
  • power sources and leads
  • flying debris
  • fume inhalation
  • trips
  • falls
  • lack of control during pouring
  • machine safety and vibration (direct and indirect consequences)

Range of customers include: 

  • aged and the elderly
  • people with disabilities
  • children
  • adults

Potential hazards for users include: 

  • allergies to materials
  • injury from materials or components
  • injury due to design faults
  • lack of stability
  • breakage
  • difficult to handle or install

Treatments include: 

  • use of production safety strategies, such as dust and fumes extraction systems
  • materials testing
  • power source protection
  • personal protective equipment
  • use of tested materials and accessories
  • use of specialised safety features and components

Personal protective equipment includes: 

  • that prescribed under legislation, regulations and enterprise policies and practices

Information and procedures include: 

  • work procedures/instructions
  • manufacturer specifications and instructions
  • standard forms of workplace process and procedures
  • organisation work specifications and requirements
  • legislation, regulations and codes of practice
  • quality and Australian Standards and procedures

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to LMFFDT4008A Determine occupational health and safety implications of designs


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0601ab95-583a-4e93-b2d4-cfb27b03ed73


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency

Performance Evidence

  • Collect, organise and understand information related to furnishing work instructions and work orders and safety procedures
  • Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment
  • Identify materials used in the work process
  • Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:
  • minimise the risk of injury to self or others
  • prevent damage to goods, equipment and products
  • maintain required production output and product quality
  • Locate and apply safety information and assess safety aspects of furniture designs for a range of customers to address risks and hazards in furniture designs
  • Complete a minimum of three (3) risk assessments of furniture designs, including the determination of required treatments
  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and estimate material requirements
  • Lead others and work effectively to improve production quality and outcomes
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications and the reporting of work outcomes and problems, interpret basic plans and follow safety procedures
  • Use workplace technology related to the coordination, including communication equipment, time and management aids and other measuring devices
  • Minimise wastage of resources, including materials, time and money
  • Work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity and encourage participation of employees in the planning of work activities and changes

Knowledge Evidence

  • State or territory WHS legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice relevant to risk management in a furnishing technology work environment
  • Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for furnishing technology
  • Types of tools and equipment, their operating characteristics and procedures for their safe use, operation and maintenance
  • Characteristics of materials, products and defects
  • Common furnishing technology related hazards and the range of commonly applied treatments
  • Environmental protection requirements
  • Established communication channels and protocols
  • Relevant problem identification and resolution
  • Appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation and measurement
  • Procedures for the recording, reporting and maintenance of workplace records and information

Assessment Conditions

  • Assessors must:
  • hold training and assessment competencies as determined by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) or its successors
  • have vocational competency in the furnishing industry at least to the level being assessed with broad industry knowledge and experience, usually combined with a relevant industry qualification
  • be familiar with the current skills and knowledge used and have relevant, current experience in the furnishing industry.
  • Assessment methods must confirm consistency of performance over time rather than a single assessment event and in a range of workplace relevant contexts.
  • Assessment must be by observation of relevant tasks with questioning on underpinning knowledge and, where applicable, multimedia evidence, supervisor’s reports, projects and work samples.
  • Assessment is to be conducted on single units of competency or in conjunction with other related units of competency. Foundation skills are integral to competent performance in the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • Assessment must occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with relevant process, equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.
  • Access is required to materials and equipment relevant to establishing and maintaining a safe furnishing technology work environment, and relevant WHS legislation and regulations.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0601ab95-583a-4e93-b2d4-cfb27b03ed73