Unit of competency details

RIIOHS201A - Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 22/Jun/2011

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Is superseded by and equivalent to RIIWHS201D - Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 13/Nov/2013

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
RII09 - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 2.0-3.2 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 
AUR12 - Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 2.0 
AUR - Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 1.0-1.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
RII32109 - Certificate III in Timber Bridge Construction and MaintenanceCertificate III in Timber Bridge Construction and Maintenance 
RII31709 - Certificate III in Tunnel ConstructionCertificate III in Tunnel Construction 
RII31609 - Certificate III in Trenchless TechnologyCertificate III in Trenchless Technology 1-2 
RII31509 - Certificate III in Road MarkingCertificate III in Road Marking 
RII31409 - Certificate III in Road Construction and MaintenanceCertificate III in Road Construction and Maintenance 
RII31309 - Certificate III in Pipe LayingCertificate III in Pipe Laying 
RII31209 - Certificate III in Civil FoundationsCertificate III in Civil Foundations 1-2 
RII31109 - Certificate III in Bridge Construction and MaintenanceCertificate III in Bridge Construction and Maintenance 
RII31009 - Certificate III in Bituminous SurfacingCertificate III in Bituminous Surfacing 
RII30912 - Certificate III in Civil ConstructionCertificate III in Civil Construction 1-2 
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Skill sets that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Skill sets that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
RIISS00017 - Skill Set Work Zone Traffic Control Guidance Plan - DeveloperSkill Set Work Zone Traffic Control Guidance Plan - Developer 
RIISS00016 - Skill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Traffic ControllerSkill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Traffic Controller 
RIISS00015 - Skill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - SupervisorSkill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Supervisor 
RIISS00014 - Skill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Road LabourerSkill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Road Labourer 
RIISS00013 - Skill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Implement Traffic Control Guidance PlanSkill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Implement Traffic Control Guidance Plan 
RIISS00012 - Skill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Auditor/InspectorSkill Set Work Zone Traffic Control - Auditor/Inspector 
RIISS00009 - Skill Set Underground Coal Mine SafetySkill Set Underground Coal Mine Safety 
RIISS00007 - Skill Set Surface Coal Mine SafetySkill Set Surface Coal Mine Safety 
RIISS00004 - Skill Set Rouseabout Off Shore Oil and GasSkill Set Rouseabout Off Shore Oil and Gas 
RIISS00003 - Skill Set Mine SurveyingSkill Set Mine Surveying 
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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  02/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers working safely and follow OHS policies and procedures in resources and infrastructure industries. It includes accessing and apply site safety procedures; applying personal safety measures and operational safety measures; maintaining personal wellbeing for job; and identifying and reporting incidents.

Application of the Unit

This unit is appropriate for those working in all roles, at worksites within:

  • Civil construction
  • Coal mining
  • Drilling
  • Extractive industries
  • Metalliferous mining

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor.

Pre-Requisites

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

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

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Access and apply site safety procedures

1.1. Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation  relevant to working safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

1.2. Carry out isolation of energy sources and immobilisation of potential energy sources, including tagging according to required procedure

1.3. Locate destinations within the site by interpreting and applying site plans, transport rules and signage

1.4. Identify and act on or report breaches in site safety in accordance with required procedures

2. Apply personal safety measures

2.1. Use personal protective equipment  in accordance with required procedures

2.2. Establish and maintain a clean and tidy safe working area in accordance with required procedures

2.3. Obtain permits  and clearances in accordance with required procedures, before specialised work is carried out

2.4. Apply safe manual handling procedures  in accordance with guidance and/or procedures

2.5. Identify and apply site procedures for conduct of high-risk activities

3. Apply operational safety measures

3.1. Recognise and respond to alarms in accordance with required procedures

3.2. Identify and clarify own responsibility in regard to emergency situation procedures and respond to and report emergency situations  in accordance required procedures

3.3. Apply basic fire fighting techniques in accordance with requirements

3.4. Identify emergency escape route (s ) and procedures in accordance with requirements

4. Maintain personal wellbeing for job

4.1. Identify risks to personal wellbeing  and recognise preventative strategies to minimise impact on site

4.2. Identify, act on and report situations which may endanger the individual or others

4.3. Access and explain site requirements for fitness for duty 

4.4. Adhere to site policies in relation to smoking, alcohol and drug use

5. Identify and report incidents

5.1. Understand site incident and injury statistics in accordance with required procedures

5.2. Report and record incidents and injuries in accordance with required procedures

5.3. Contribute to and participate in incident investigations in accordance with the responsibilities and protection under the relevant legislation

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required skills 

Specific skills are required to achieve the performance criteria in this unit, particularly for the application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be applied. This includes the ability to carry out the following as required to work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures:

  • apply legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures for working safely
  • source, interpret and apply safety information
  • use and care of personal protective equipment
  • apply safe lifting and handling techniques
  • implement workplace reporting procedures
  • communicate clearly and directly, listening carefully to instructions and information, responding to and clarifying directions
  • apply teamwork to a range of situations, particularly in a safety context
  • solve problems, particularly in teams and in dealing practically with safety issues such as recognising and responding to alarms
  • show initiative in adapting to changing work conditions or contexts particularly when working across a variety of work areas and in choosing appropriate personal protective equipment for each context
  • manage time, particularly in organising priorities and planning work
  • take responsibility for self organisation of work priorities to follow site safe work procedures
  • apply a range of mediums to learn
  • apply and use appropriate technology in a safety context

Required knowledge 

Specific knowledge is required to achieve the Performance Criteria of this unit, particularly its application in a variety of circumstances in which the unit may be used. This includes knowledge of the following, as required to work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures:

  • equipment safety requirements
  • personal protective equipment
  • hazardous substances procedures and handling techniques
  • materials safety data sheets (MSDS) information and its application
  • isolation procedures
  • lifting techniques, including for both manual and automated lifting
  • OHS procedures
  • primary and secondary ventilation
  • site safety requirements and procedures
  • participative procedures for workplace management of others (e.g. consultation, safety representatives, committees, dispute resolution)
  • potential biological effects (e.g. circadian rhythms, sleep, alertness, fatigue, stress, effects of heat stress and hypothermia)
  • drug and alcohol policy
  • use of emergency equipment
  • basic fire fighting techniques

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 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to worksite operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:

  • knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions for working safely and follow OHS policies and procedures
  • implementation of requirements, procedures and techniques for working safely and follow OHS policies and procedures
  • working with others to work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures
  • consistent timely completion of work that is safe and follows OHS policies and procedures

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

  • This unit must be assessed in the context of the work environment. Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated environment provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of workplace performance, including task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • The assessment environment should not disadvantage the participant. For example, language, literacy and numeracy demands of assessment should not be greater than those required on the job.
  • Customisation of assessment and delivery environment to sensitively accommodate cultural diversity.
  • Aboriginal people and other people from a non English speaking background may have second language issues.
  • Assessment of this competency requires typical resources normally used in the work environment. Selection and use of resources for particular work sites may differ due to site circumstances.
  • Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.
  • Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.

Method of assessment 

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency. The assessment strategy for this unit must verify required knowledge and skill and practical application using more than one of the following assessment methods:

  • written and/or oral assessment of the candidate's required knowledge
  • observed, documented and/or first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:
  • implementation of appropriate requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient achievement of required outcomes
  • consistently achieving the required outcomes
  • first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:
  • working with others to undertake and complete work safely and follows OHS policies and procedures

Guidance information for assessment 

Consult the SkillsDMC User Guide for further information on assessment including access and equity issues.

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.

Relevant compliance documentation 

may include:

  • legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures
  • manufacturer's guidelines and specifications
  • Australian standards
  • code of practice
  • management plans
  • safe working procedures (or equivalent)
  • tagging and lockout procedures
  • toxic substances procedures
  • gas monitoring procedures
  • Employment and workplace relations legislation
  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Disability Discrimination legislation

Personal protective equipment  may include:

  • hard hats
  • hearing protection
  • eye protection
  • safety boots
  • respiratory masks
  • other prescribed clothing and equipment related to tasks
  • self rescuers which may include filter or self contained types

Permits  and clearances may include:

  • access to areas
  • welding and cutting
  • power line clearances
  • start-up procedures
  • blasting/shotfiring
  • working at height
  • confined spaces
  • vertical openings
  • dig and penetration

Manual handling  may include:

  • the use of mechanical handling aids which are present at the workplace place and included in the national standard for Manual Handling and national code of practice for Manual Handling (NOHSC)
  • team lifting

Emergency situations  may include:

  • emergency evacuation
  • fire
  • incident or injury
  • electrical shock
  • falls
  • entrapment
  • inrush
  • fumes
  • explosions
  • cyclones
  • other extreme weather
  • working in remote locations

Emergency escape route (s ) are:

  • those identified at the workplace and may include the primary and secondary escape route(s)

Risks to personal wellbeing  may include:

  • non adherence to safety procedures and policies
  • stress
  • communicable diseases
  • adverse personal hygiene
  • horseplay

Fitness for duty  may include:

  • smoking restrictions
  • alcohol impairment
  • improper use of drugs
  • fatigue management
  • physiological and psychological stress
  • medication
  • illness

Unit Sector(s)

Occupational Health and Safety

Competency field

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Co-requisite units

Not applicable.

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