BSBWHS409

Upon successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • identifying regulatory requirements and standards that apply to monitoring of physical agents and/or conditions relevant to work health and safety (WHS)
  • identifying the context of measurements to be undertaken including:
    • which physical agents and/or conditions will be measured and their characteristics
    • where the measurements will be taken
    • area or space available
    • movements of people and equipment, tasks or activities being undertaken, number of persons occupying area and other factors that may impact on the sampling or data-collection processes
    • physical features of equipment, such as emitting sources
  • preparing for and collecting workplace WHS data and information including:
    • selecting and calibrating appropriate equipment and selecting appropriate scale
    • defining a sampling process and plan
    • performing tests
    • correct preparation, use, maintenance, cleaning storage and if required disposal of equipment
  • consultation and communication with individuals and parties about the requirements, purpose and nature of the monitoring
  • interpreting and evaluating results of monitoring including calculations using appropriate units of measurement, logarithmic scales, decimals and order of magnitude relevant to making and interpreting measurements and measurement error
  • preparing and presenting clear and logical reports that are appropriate to purpose of report and the target audience
  • keeping records that meet regulatory requirements
  • seek expert advice, support and equipment as required
  • ensure own safety during monitoring process

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • typical physical agents and/or conditions relevant to WHS including:
    • biological agents, such as insects, mites and bacteria
    • electricity
    • fibres, dusts and particulates
    • fumes, mists, gases and vapours
    • heat and humidity
    • light
    • noise
    • radiation, including ionising, non-ionising and laser
    • vibration
  • aspects of WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice and standards that are relevant to measuring physical agents and/or conditions and how they apply to the organisation
  • the mode of action of common physical, biological and chemical agents on the body and how they produce discomfort or harm
  • the characteristics, mode of action and units of measurement for major hazard types
  • environmental conditions that impact on measurements
  • types of measuring and monitoring equipment and techniques for correct and safe use including limitations on use and output, calibration, adjustment, maintenance and any in-built alarms