BSBWHS504

Upon successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • access information and data on hazards and how to manage associated risks
  • identify duty holders and legislative requirements for work health and safety (WHS) risk management
  • use the organisation’s WHS management system (WHSMS) and WHS information system (WHSIS) to conduct the following risk management processes:
    • identify hazards and potential hazards
    • assess the associated risks
    • identify control options
    • select suitable options
    • develop and implement a risk control plan
    • evaluate risk controls
  • carry out hazard identification and risk management

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • the basic principles of workplace incident, injury and disease causation
  • the meanings of ’hazard’ and ’risk’ and how they differ
  • 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
  • the limitations of generic hazard identification and risk assessment checklists and risk ranking processes
  • methods for providing evidence of compliance with WHS legislation
  • the nature of workplace processes (work flow, planning and control) and hazards relevant to the workplace
  • organisational culture as it impacts on the work team
  • organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems
  • other functional areas that impact on the management of WHS
  • the principles and practices of a systematic approach to managing WHS
  • Commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidance material and other publications relevant to the organisation
  • risk management as a duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings or officers under WHS legislation
  • the roles and responsibilities of individuals and parties under WHS legislation
  • standard industry controls for a range of hazards
  • techniques, tools and processes for identifying health and safety hazards and assessing and controlling the associated risks, including:
    • hazard and risk checklists
    • hazard hunts
    • job safety analyses
    • manifests and registers, including for dangerous goods, hazardous chemicals and plant
    • safe work method statements
    • surveys using questionnaires, interviews and other survey techniques
    • workplace inspections and walk-throughs