BSBWHS503

Upon successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • identify, interpret and apply information from a range of sources to contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a systematic approach to work health and safety (WHS) risk management
  • apply WHS Acts, regulations codes of practice and standards, including the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks
  • identify duty holders
  • explain the differences between a hazard and a risk and identify hazards and risks in the organisation
  • prepare an action plan to implement a systematic approach to WHS risk management
  • prepare positive performance indicators for evaluation of a systematic approach to WHS risk management
  • consult effectively with relevant stakeholders

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • formal and informal communication and consultation processes, and key personnel related to communication, including duty holders
  • how the characteristics and composition of the workforce impact on WHS risk and the management of WHS with reference to:
    • communication skills
    • cultural background/diversity
    • gender
    • labour market changes
    • language, literacy and numeracy
    • structure and organisation of the workforce, for example part time, casual and contract workers, shift rosters, geographical location
    • workers with specific needs and limitations
    • workplace culture towards alcohol and other drug use
  • internal and external sources of WHS information and data, and explain how to access these sources
  • the limitations of generic hazard identification and risk assessment checklists, and risk ranking processes
  • the nature of workplace processes including work flow, planning and control and hazards relevant to the workplace
  • organisational behaviour and culture as it impacts on WHS, change and the work team
  • the key features of organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems
  • other functional areas in the organisation that impact on the management of WHS
  • the key features of relevant commonwealth and state/territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidance material
  • the key principles and/or practices of:
    • a systematic approach to managing WHS
    • duty of care including concepts of causation, foreseeability and prevention
    • incident causation and injury processes
  • risk analysis and assessment techniques and tools, and their application and limitations
  • risk, as the effect of uncertainty, on objectives
  • the duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs) in regard to risk management under WHS legislation
  • the sources of occupational disease and their prevention
  • standard industry controls for hazards
  • techniques, tools and processes for identifying and controlling health and safety hazards and risks including :
    • hazard and risk checklists
    • hazard hunts
    • job safety analysis
    • manifests and registers including dangerous goods, hazardous chemicals and plant
    • safe work method statements
    • surveys using questionnaires, interviews and other survey techniques
    • workplace inspections and walk throughs
  • the key features of the toxicology of hazardous chemicals and potential health effects in the workplace