BSBWHS504 Manage WHS risks

BSBWHS504 Manage WHS risks



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BSBWHS504 Manage WHS risks



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Units of Competency


Course Access

3 months access to online course

Support Hours

7am - 9pm AEST (Mon - Fri)

Assessments Marked

Within 10 business days

Course Requirements

  • Sufficient literacy and numeracy skills to complete the course
  • Access to an internet connection

Delivery Mode

100% online, no classroom attendance

Trainer Support


Learning and assessment options

Your workplace or our virtual company as your simulated workplace

This is a single unit course.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to conduct work health and safety (WHS) risk management processes.

It applies to individuals who manage WHS risks, based on the organisation’s WHS management system (WHSMS), WHS information system (WHSIS) and risk-management approach (as covered in BSBWHS503 Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk). These individuals will work in a range of WHS roles across all industries and apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.

Upon successful completion of the unit, you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of the BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

We provide you with three (3) months to complete the course. There is no minimum timeframe for completion.

The course is self-paced so the hours of study vary from student to student and are influenced by many factors including the amount of time you are able to dedicate to your studies. That is why we give you three (3) months and all the support you need. The rest is up to you!

BSBWHS504 Manage WHS risks

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

You will be assessed for these units of competency using a variety of tasks to assess your understanding and skills. A virtual session means you will be one on one with your assessor either answering questions or taking part in a role play, just as you would do in any classroom, only we do it online.

All of our assessments are marked by your assessor within ten (10) working days following the day you submitted your work. You have three (3) attempts for each task to achieve a competency result, with your assessor giving you detailed feedback following each submission.

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There are no formal requirements. However, learners will need:
  • Sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete the course
  • Basic computer skills
    • Knowledge of common computing terms and word processing
    • Proficiency with web browser software and sending/receiving e-mail including e-mail with attachment
    • Familiarity with navigating the Internet
  • Meet technology requirements

Technology requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or higher (recommended); MAC OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher (recommended)
  • CPU: Min. of 2 GB of RAM, Min. of 2 GB of spare disk space is recommended
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz processor or higher (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1024x768 screen resolution
  • Internet access: Minimum ADSL1 with a speed of at least 1.5Mbps
  • Valid personal email address
  • Speakers and microphone or headset
  • The latest version of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) or similar software
  • Up-to-date web browser version

Support you can expect from AOT

Our focus is to provide the real-world skills and knowledge that you need to advance your career, fulfil your goals and achieve success in the workplace. No matter what course you choose, here at AOT you will receive the assistance and support that will help make your study time convenient, manageable and worthwhile. The benefit of studying with us is that you don't have to schedule your time to attend face-to-face classroom sessions. You can study at times convenient to you in your own home or anywhere that suits your learning style. To support you in your study we provide:

Personal course induction

A Learner Support Officer will personally take you through the sauceLMS and your course.

Live chat

Trainer support available whilst you are studying 7am – 9pm AEST (Mon to Fri).

Contact us form

Contact us at any time using the Contact us form found within your course to create support tickets.

Mentoring sessions

You can book an appointment with your personal trainer to discuss the learning material, assessment expectations, or assessment feedback.

Virtual classroom sessions

This can be booked with your trainer for specific assessments.

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