Unit of competency details

PUAFIR201B - Prevent injury (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to PUAFIR215 - Prevent injuryApplication of the Unit added Substantial changes to the Performance Criteria Element 4 deleted Method of assessment added 12/Mar/2013

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 17/Aug/2012
(View details for release 1) 09/Feb/2011

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

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AHC21010 - Certificate II in Conservation and Land ManagementCertificate II in Conservation and Land ManagementSuperseded2-3 
AHC31410 - Certificate III in Conservation and Land ManagementCertificate III in Conservation and Land ManagementSuperseded3-4 
HLT50407 - Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)Superseded
HLT60307 - Advanced Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)Advanced Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)Deleted1-2 
PUA40702 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Defence Policing)Certificate IV in Public Safety (Defence Policing)Superseded
AHC30110 - Certificate III in AgricultureCertificate III in AgricultureSuperseded4-7 
FPI20105 - Certificate II in Forest Growing and ManagementCertificate II in Forest Growing and ManagementSuperseded
HLT50412 - Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)Superseded
FPI20205 - Certificate II in Harvesting and HaulageCertificate II in Harvesting and HaulageSuperseded
PUA33012 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)Superseded1-4 
AHC31610 - Certificate III in Lands, Parks and WildlifeCertificate III in Lands, Parks and WildlifeSuperseded3-4 
PUA60909 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation)Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation)Superseded
PUA20701 - Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)Superseded
FPI20111 - Certificate II in Forest Growing and ManagementCertificate II in Forest Growing and ManagementSuperseded1-2 
PUA20601 - Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)Superseded
PUA33010 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)Superseded
DEF40712 - Certificate IV in Defence PolicingCertificate IV in Defence PolicingDeleted
FPI20211 - Certificate II in Harvesting and HaulageCertificate II in Harvesting and HaulageSuperseded1-2 
AHC31510 - Certificate III in Indigenous Land ManagementCertificate III in Indigenous Land ManagementSuperseded3-4 
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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  03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit covers the competency associated with the identification, avoidance, review, and evaluation of workplace risks and hazards, maintenance of personal safety and the reporting to supervisors and team members.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite Unit /s 


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 required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the Required Skills and Knowledge and/or the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify workplace hazards and risks and advise others 

1.1 Procedures and practices are followed to identify workplace hazards  and risks

1.2 Appropriate procedures for dealing with hazards in the workplace are followed in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) guidelines and the organisation's procedures

1.3 Contact  is maintained at all times with other crew members and supervisor

1.4 Hazards in the work area and warnings of hazardous situations are recognised and reported to designated personnel

1.5 Stressful situations are recognised and support is sought or given to minimise effect

2. Implement hazard control procedures 

2.1 Personal protective clothing and equipment  is selected and donned in accordance with the organisation's procedures and within its limitations

2.2 Appropriate procedures and work instructions for controlling risks and hazards are followed

2.3 Personal health is protected in accordance with legislative and organisation's procedures

2.4 Equipment appropriate to dealing with a hazard is used in accordance with standard operating procedures

2.5 Controls are implemented to minimise damage to the environment

2.6 Fluid and food intake and rest breaks are maintained in accordance with environmental and working conditions and the organisation's policy

2.7 Assistance is given to crew members in danger while maintaining personal safety in accordance with the organisation's procedures

3. Review effectiveness of hazard control procedures 

3.1 Hazard controls are monitored to ensure continued effectiveness

3.2 Changes in incident behaviour and conditions are reported immediately to supervisor

3.3 Factors which may create or increase risk  to life, property or the environment are identified, reported and controlled in so far as possible

4. Participate in the implementation of OH &S in the workplace 

4.1 OH&S issues are raised with designated personnel in accordance with procedures and OH&S legislation

4.2 Contributions to OH&S implementation in the workplace are made within organisation's procedures and scope of responsibilities and competencies

4.3 Activities/debriefings are undertaken which alleviate occupational stress 

Required Skills and Knowledge


This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

identification of typical hazards in the workplace

use of protective clothing and equipment

Required Knowledge 

Health and fitness requirements such as diet and nutrition, exercise, impact of smoking, alcohol and drugs on the body

Occupational hazards encountered in the workplace such as structural collapse, electricity, chemicals, dust, wildfires, extreme temperatures, biological, radiation, hazardous atmospheres, flammable and combustible liquids and gases and manual handling

Personal protection such as clothing and equipment requirements, survival in life threatening situations and health hazards

Signs of occupational stress, limiting stress, dealing with stress and seeking assistance

Signs of fatigue and dealing with fatigue

Methods of hazard control and reporting in accordance with the organisation's procedures

Procedures for participating in OH&S arrangements

Evidence Guide


Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

It is essential for this unit that competence be demonstrated in:

correct identification of hazards in the workplace

application of the organisation's procedures including the correct selection and use of PPE

advising and reporting of workplace hazards in accordance with the organisation's requirements

notification of risk to the team and supervisor in a timely manner

Consistency in performance 

Evidence should be gathered over a period of time in a range of actual or simulated workplace environments

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

A combination of oral or written presentations, observations, on the job and/or in a range of simulated environments

Specific resources for assessment 

Availability of appropriate protective clothing, equipment and organisational procedures

Guidance information for assessment 

Information that will assist or guide assessment will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Workplaces may include 

locations where activities and operations may occur such as structures, open spaces, water, public and private property, (including crown land), mobile property, confined spaces

Activities to alleviate occupational stress include 


limiting exposure



counselling services

referral to medical services or relevant government agencies

Hazards must include those associated with 

urban, rural and aircraft fires

training and simulation activities

hazardous materials


and may also include 

prescribed burning activities

vehicle and industrial rescue/extrication

flood, storm and tempest rescues

travelling in vehicles and

travelling in aircraft

The nature of the hazard must include 


chemical spills such as those involving dangerous goods; vapours/poisonous gases/smoke; contaminated fire water; explosions/flammability; radioactivity; environmental

contamination of air/land/water, appliances and equipment


biological such as infections, bites, stings, radiation


heat stress; dehydration

psychological such as critical incident stress; shock, drownings


fire and explosions; falling objects (trees, masonry, rocks etc.); subsidence; water load; structural collapse, radiant heat

entrapment by fire in a vehicle or on foot

chemical types

heavy machinery

confined space/structure

and may also include 

aerial retardant drops

broken terrain

Risk control measures must include 

use of clothing and equipment to provide protection

eye, sight, hearing protection

appropriate training


vehicle protection hoses and devices

survival techniques

life support equipment/features

and may also include 

spill clean up kits

electrically insulated tools and equipment

fire blankets/roll over protection

goggles, face shield, hearing protection and chainsaw chaps

adequate food, fluid and other welfare needs during extended operations

Personal protective clothing and equipment must include 

Turnout uniform and gloves

respiratory protection

eye protection

and may also include 

face shield

chemical protective clothing

personal lines

personal distress units

personal accessories kit

chainsaw chaps

Life support equipment / features may include 

radiation shielding

vehicle cabins with/without sprays

low water level indicators

protective vests

fire blankets

first aid kit

Factors which must require evaluation and review include 

available resources

traffic and spectators

wind strength/direction

temperature and relative humidity

fire development/behaviour

structural and equipment integrity

water supply/pressure

vegetation type

topographical features including slope, terrain and aspect

Contact with crew members and supervisors must include 





and may also may include 

electronic and written

Designated personnel must include 

other crew members/supervisors/OH&S representatives

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Corequisite Unit/s

Co-requisite Unit /s 

PUATEA001B Work in a team