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BSBWHS302A Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace

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Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to understand work health and safety (WHS) Acts, regulations and codes of practice, and to contribute to actions to achieve compliance with WHS legislation in the workplace.

Applications

This unit applies to individuals who contribute to achieving compliance with WHS legislation in the workplace as part of their WHS responsibilities, which are in addition to their main duties.

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 National 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.

Required Skills

Required skills include:
- communication skills to contribute effectively to formal and informal WHS meetings
- computer skills to search for, access and download electronic documents and software
- literacy skills to read and understand documents and publications.

Required Knowledge

Required knowledge include:
- legislative duties of self and others
- organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems
- relevant commonwealth and state or territory WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and -  guidance material, and other relevant publications
- ways to get information about compliance with legislation.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence requird to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

current knowledge of relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
identifying and applying WHS legislative requirements applicable to the workplace, occupation and industry
referring issues of non-compliance to responsible persons or authorities
seeking advice from appropriate sources.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Current WHS legislation and related documentation may include:
current applicable commonwealth and relevant state or territory WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems
other documents, such as standards, guidance material and alerts issued by the relevant WHS regulator
other legislation relevant to WHS.
Duty holders may include:
as specified in WHS Acts:
persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs) or their officers
workers
other persons at a workplace.
Non-compliance may include:
failure to meet legal requirements
inadequate systems of information, instruction, training or supervision
plant, equipment or substances not maintained, or used or stored in an unsafe condition
poor consultation practices
poor design
workplace hazards not identified or controlled
workplace systems not in place or inadequate.
Appropriate action may include:
contributing to a WHS audit
contributing to a WHS inspection
contributing to engaging external specialists and consultants
contributing to identifying non compliance with WHS legislation
contributing to implementing, monitoring and evaluating actions to ensure compliance with WHS legislation
making recommendations about how compliance with WHS legislation could be achieved
reporting breaches of compliance to responsible persons or authorities
where required, carrying out roles or functions specified in legislation or workplace policies and procedures.
Sources may include:
audits
Australian and international standards
hazard, incident and investigation reports
industry bodies or groups
manufacturer manuals and specifications
regulatory authorities
training or information sessions and forums
unions
websites, journals and newsletters
WHS professional bodies
WHS specialists.
Relevant publications may include:
Australian, international, union and industry standards
computer software
electronic or paper documents
WHS guidance notes, fact sheets, guidelines, alerts and other publications issued by commonwealth and state or territory governments, WHS regulators, other bodies and organisations.

Licensing & Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

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