BSBWHS502

Upon successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • implement the legal and organisational requirements for work health and safety (WHS) participation and consultation
  • manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes including development, implementation, monitoring and review, in consultation with others
  • review the effectiveness of existing WHS participation and consultation processes, identifying gaps and areas for improvement and positive performance indicators
  • develop new or improved WHS participation and consultation processes that achieve required improvements and integrate with existing systems
  • develop an action plan for implementation of new or improved WHS participation and consultation processes
  • provide advice, support and monitoring to others during implementation of new or improved WHS participation and consultation processes and recommending changes to the plan as required

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • appropriate communication networks, processes and formats
  • Commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidance material in general, and in particular the parts relating to:
    • duties of PCBUs, officers, workers and inspectors
    • duty holders
    • consultation, participation and representation
    • discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct
    • workplace entry by WHS permit holders
  • formal and informal communication and consultation processes, and key personnel related to communication
  • how the characteristics and composition of the workforce impact on WHS risk and the management of WHS, including:
    • communication skills
    • cultural background and diversity
    • gender
    • labour market changes
    • language, literacy and numeracy levels of the workforce
    • structure and organisation of the workforce, including part time, casual and contract workers; shift rosters; and geographical location
    • workers with specific needs and limitations
    • workplace culture in relation to alcohol and other drug use
  • internal and external sources of WHS information and data, and how to access them
  • key personnel, including change agents, within workplace management structure
  • organisational culture as it impacts on the work team
  • relevant organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems
  • the roles and responsibilities of individuals and parties under WHS legislation
  • the training needs of health and safety committees, and health and safety representatives