HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety

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HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others.

The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.


The student has met the above condition and has participated by:

• contributing to a WHS meeting or inspection in workplace

• conducting a workplace risk assessment and recorded the results

• consistently applying workplace safety procedures in the day-to-day work activities required by the job role

• following workplace procedures for reporting hazards

• Following workplace procedures for a simulated emergency situation.

The student has followed safe work practices by

• Following workplace policies and procedures for safe work practices

• Identifying existing and potential hazards in the workplace, report them to designated persons, and record them according to workplace procedures

• Following workplace emergency procedures

The student has implemented safe work practices by:

• Identifying and implement WHS procedures and work instructions

• Identifying and report incidents and injuries to designated persons according to workplace procedures

• Taking actions to maintain safe housekeeping practices in own work area

The student has contributed to safe work practices in the workplace by: • Raising WHS issues with designated persons according to organisational procedures • Participating in workplace safety meetings, inspections and consultative activities • Contributing to the development and implementation of safe workplace policies and procedures in own work area

The student has reflected on own safe work practices by: • Identifying ways to maintain currency of safe work practices in regards to workplace systems, equipment and processes in own work area • Reflecting on own levels of stress and fatigue, and report to designated persons according to workplace procedures.


Knowledge Evidence:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • state/territory legislation and how it impacts on workplace regulations, codes of practice and industry standards, including:
  • state/territory WHS authorities
  • rights and responsibilities of employers and workers, including duty of care
  • hazardous manual tasks
  • infection control
  • safety signs and their meanings, including signs for:
  • dangerous goods classifications
  • emergency equipment
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • specific hazards such as sharps, radiation
  • hazard identification, including:
  • definition of a hazard
  • common workplace hazards relevant to the industry setting
  • workplace procedures for hazard identification
  • workplace emergency procedures
  • workplace policies and procedures for WHS
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