This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the implementation of planning and response procedures for emergencies. The focus is on implementation of procedures already developed for short-term emergency responses. It assumes that expert advice will be available in identifying potential emergencies and in formulating response plans.

This unit applies to individuals with supervisory responsibilities for managing work health and safety (WHS) in the workplace who contribute to the implementation of procedures for responding to emergencies. These people will work in a range of WHS roles across all industries and who 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. Identify potential emergencies
  2. Identify options for initial response
  3. Plan initial response procedures
  4. Implement initial response procedures
  5. Contribute to post-event activities
  6. Monitor emergency response and address deficiencies

Upon successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • identify potential emergencies and their causes, with input from others, including specialist advisers and emergency agencies and document them in a risk register
  • identify and prioritise options for initial response to contain or limit emergencies and their impact, and for liaison with emergency services
  • plan initial response procedures including:
    • categorising major types of potential emergencies
    • identifying required resources
    • checking equipment
    • documenting required actions for a range of major types of emergency, with input from others and in keeping with standards and current industry practice
    • identifying training needs and providers
  • implement initial response procedures including:
    • documenting and displaying actions required
    • outlining own role
    • following appropriate procedures
  • contribute to post-event activities including supporting others and contributing to debriefing
  • monitor emergency response and address deficiencies including:
    • consulting
    • documenting and reporting results
    • identifying improvements

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • basic emergency prevention controls typically installed in a workplace including:
    • emergency alerting systems
    • emergency protection systems
    • smoke alarms, fire alarms and fire extinguishers
    • required safety wear
    • security systems
  • the enterprise physical site and work areas
  • enterprise reporting procedures for an emergency
  • the essential actions of self and others in an emergency
  • hazards and precautions to be taken during an emergency
  • hazards arising from evacuation
  • the information needs of emergency response personnel during reporting, arrival and response to an emergency
  • internal and external sources of work health and safety (WHS) information and data and how to access them
  • organisational and workplace WHS policies and procedures
  • the organisational structure, roles and responsibilities contributing to the implementation of emergency procedures
  • the powers of safety representatives and other authorised WHS personnel to implement an immediate cease work if an immediate danger to WHS exists
  • the principles and priorities for evacuation, checking and accounting for people
  • the principles of fire protection and emergency response
  • relevant Commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidance material and how it applies to the implementation of emergency procedures
  • roles and responsibilities of WHS personnel
  • examples of emergency responses typically used in workplaces
  • the WHS information needs of work unit or work team

Nominal Hours: 40