This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of elements of a work health and safety management system (WHSMS).

It applies to individuals with organisational responsibilities for contributing to tasks in relation to elements of a WHSMS appropriate to the nature and scale of the organisation and its work health and safety (WHS) risks. These people will work in a range of WHS roles across all industries and will apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.

NOTE: The terms ‘occupational health and safety’ (OHS) and ‘work health and safety’ (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.


  1. Contribute to development and implementation of a WHSMS
  2. Contribute to the development of WHS policy and commitment to the WHSMS
  3. Contribute to the development of the WHS plan
  4. Contribute to the implementation of the WHS plan
  5. Contribute to the measurement and evaluation of WHS performance
  6. Contribute to the review and improvement of the WHSMS

Upon successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • developing, implementing, reviewing and improving a Work Health and Safety management system (WHSMS) for an organisation
  • developing work health and safety (WHS) policy and gaining commitment to the WHSMS
  • consultation and communications processes
  • developing and implementing a WHS plan
  • measuring and evaluating WHS performance

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • the key elements of a WHSMS
  • barriers to WHSMS implementation and strategies to remove them
  • the benefits to an organisation of having return-to-work and injury management integrated into the WHSMS
  • essential content of a WHS improvement action plan
  • legislative requirements for WHS information and data, and consultation
  • the nature of information and data that provide valid and reliable measures of performance of WHS management processes
  • relevant Commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidance material, and other relevant publications
  • a range of commonly used WHSMS and the associated WHSMS certification standards
  • requirements for recordkeeping that address WHS, privacy and other relevant legislation
  • the roles and responsibilities of individuals and parties under WHS legislation
  • WHS positive performance indicators

Nominal Hours: 50