Unit of competency details

MSMENV472 - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAENV472B - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesSupersedes and is equivalent to MSAENV472B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 14/Dec/2015

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 15/Dec/2015

Training packages that include this unit

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PMA - Chemical, Hydrocarbons and RefiningChemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining 1.0-2.2 
ICP - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 4.0-4.1 
PMB - Plastics, Rubber and CablemakingPlastics, Rubber and Cablemaking 2.0-2.1 
MSM - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 1.0-7.2 
MEA - Aeroskills Training PackageAeroskills Training Package 2.0,4.0 
FBP - Food, Beverage and PharmaceuticalFood, Beverage and Pharmaceutical 1.0-7.0 
MSF - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 2.0,3.0-6.0 
PPM - Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training PackagePulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package 2.0 
MEM - Manufacturing and EngineeringManufacturing and Engineering 2.0-2.1 
PMC - Manufactured Mineral ProductsManufactured Mineral Products 1.0 
MSS - SustainabilitySustainability 1.0-4.2 
MST - Textiles, Clothing and FootwearTextiles, Clothing and Footwear 1.0-4.2 
AMP - Australian Meat Processing Training PackageAustralian Meat Processing Training Package 2.0-7.1 
BSB - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 3.0-8.0 
MSL - Laboratory OperationsLaboratory Operations 1.0-3.2 
AUR - Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 3.0-7.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

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MEA50418 - Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Mechanical)Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Mechanical)Current
FBP40321 - Certificate IV in Food ProcessingCertificate IV in Food ProcessingCurrent
FBP50118 - Diploma of Food Science and TechnologyDiploma of Food Science and TechnologySuperseded1-2 
MSL60118 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory OperationsAdvanced Diploma of Laboratory OperationsCurrent1-2 
PPM40116 - Certificate IV in Pulping OperationsCertificate IV in Pulping OperationsSuperseded
MEA41118 - Certificate IV in Aeronautical Life Support EquipmentCertificate IV in Aeronautical Life Support EquipmentSuperseded
MSS40118 - Certificate IV in Sustainable OperationsCertificate IV in Sustainable OperationsCurrent1-4 
MSL40118 - Certificate IV in Laboratory TechniquesCertificate IV in Laboratory TechniquesCurrent1-3 
FBP50321 - Diploma of Artisan CheesemakingDiploma of Artisan CheesemakingCurrent
MSM50316 - Diploma of Production ManagementDiploma of Production ManagementCurrent1-5 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 059999 Agriculture, Environmental And Related Studies, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 059999 Agriculture, Environmental And Related Studies, N.e.c.  29/Apr/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAENV472B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices, and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.

This unit of competency applies to those who have responsibility for a specific area of work or who lead a work group or team. It addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices, including the development of processes and tools.

It includes identifying areas for improvement, developing plans to make improvements, and implementing and monitoring improvements in environmental performance.

This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be appropriately contextualised as it is applied across an organisation and across different industry sectors.

This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

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

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field


Unit Sector

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes

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


Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage 


Identify environmental regulations applying to the enterprise


Assess procedures for assessing compliance with environmental regulations


Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures and provide to the work group, as required


Measure and record current resource usage by members of the work group


Analyse and record current purchasing strategies


Analyse current work processes to access information and data, and assist in identifying areas for improvement


Set targets for improvements 


Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialists


Access external sources of information and data as required


Evaluate alternative solutions to workplace environmental issues


Set efficiency targets


Implement performance improvement strategies 


Source and use techniques/tools to assist in achieving targets


Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility, and communicate ideas and possible solutions to the work group and management


Integrate environmental and resource efficiency improvement plans for own work group with other operational activities and implement them


Seek suggestions and ideas about environmental and resource efficiency management from stakeholders and act upon them where appropriate


Implement costing strategies to fully value environmental assets


Monitor performance 


Document outcomes and communicate reports on targets to key personnel and stakeholders


Evaluate strategies and environmental performance, including breaches or potential breaches of regulations and occurrences outside of standard procedure which may lead to lower environmental performance


Set new targets and investigate and apply new tools and strategies


Promote successful strategies and reward participants where possible

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.

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

Range of Conditions

This field allows for 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.

Regulatory framework 

The latest version of all legislation, regulations, industry codes of practice and Australian/international standards, or the version specified by the local regulatory authority, must be used, and include one or more of the following:

  • legislative requirements, including work health and safety (WHS)
  • industry codes of practice and guidelines
  • environmental regulations and guidelines
  • Australian and other standards
  • licence and certification requirements
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems


All operations must be performed in accordance with relevant procedures.

Procedures are written, verbal, visual, computer-based or in some other form, and include one or more of the following:

  • work instructions
  • standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • formulas/recipes
  • batch sheets
  • temporary instructions
  • any similar instructions provided for the smooth running of the plant

Unit Mapping Information


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=d1287d36-dff4-4e9f-ad2c-9d6270054027


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAENV472B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and must include the ability to:

  • investigate/analyse resource usage
  • evaluate improvement alternatives and set targets
  • implement improvements within the limit of own authority
  • monitor the performance of improvements.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence must be provided that demonstrates knowledge of:

  • relevant environmental and resource efficiency issues, specific to industry practices, including:
  • contribution to climate change and other macro threats that can arise from materials and work processes used
  • regulated environmental issues
  • issues relevant to licencing conditions
  • best practice environmental approaches relevant to own area of responsibility
  • methods for measuring and calculating resource usage.

Assessment Conditions

  • The unit should be assessed holistically and the judgement of competence based on a holistic assessment of the evidence.
  • The collection of performance evidence:
  • should occur over a range of situations
  • will typically include a supervisor/third-party report focusing on consistent performance and problem recognition and solving. A supervisor/third-party report must be prepared by someone who has a direct, relevant, current relationship with the person being assessed and who is in a position to form a judgement on workplace performance relevant to the unit of competency
  • will typically include the use of appropriate tools, equipment and documents
  • may use industry-based simulation for all or part of the unit particularly where safety, lack of opportunity or significant cost is an issue.
  • Assessment should occur in operational workplace situations. Where this is not possible, or where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment must occur in a sufficiently rigorous simulated environment reflecting realistic operational workplace conditions. This must cover all aspects of workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • Assessment in a simulated environment should use evidence collected from one or more of:
  • walk-throughs
  • pilot plant operation
  • demonstration of skills
  • industry based case studies/scenarios
  • ‘what ifs’.
  • Knowledge evidence may be collected concurrently with performance evidence (provided a record is kept) or through an independent process, such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews (provided a record is kept).
  • Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
  • Conditions for assessment must include access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications associated with this unit.
  • The regulatory framework will be reflected in workplace policies and procedures and is not required to be independently assessed.
  • Foundation skills are integral to competent performance of the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • As a minimum, assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 assessor requirements.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=d1287d36-dff4-4e9f-ad2c-9d6270054027