Assist with maintaining workplace safety

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This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with implementing and monitoring an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs as part of a small work team.

The unit applies to individuals who have roles in assisting with maintaining workplace safety in an organisation. Individuals closely monitor aspects of work associated with the safe delivery of products and services, and they contribute to influencing safety in the workplace.


1. 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 model WHS laws have not been implemented, registered training organisations (RTOs) are advised to contextualise this unit of competency by referring to existing WHS legislative requirements.

2. The model WHS laws include the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model WHS Codes of Practice. See Safe Work Australia for further information.

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

Unit Sector

Regulation, Licensing and Risk – Work Health and Safety

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.




  • Interprets WHS legislative and organisational documentation
  • Applies appropriate strategies to construct meaning from WHS legislative and organisational documentation


  • Documents WHS information using required format and industry specific vocabulary

Oral communication

  • Presents information using language and non-verbal communication appropriate to audience and context
  • Uses questioning and active listening to confirm understanding

Navigate the world of work

  • Follows WHS policies, procedures and legislative requirements relevant to own role
  • Keeps up to date with changes to WHS laws relevant to own role

Interact with others

  • Selects appropriate communication protocols and conventions to provide information to others
  • Collaborates with others to achieve joint outcomes
  • Plays an active role in facilitating effective group interaction, influencing direction and taking a leadership role on occasion
  • Provides feedback to others in forms with which they can engage and respond

Get the work done

  • Sequences and schedules activities, monitors implementation and manages relevant communication
  • Initiates standard procedures when responding to issues raised through consultation
  • Uses feedback to participate in the identification and implementation of opportunities to improve arrangements for managing WHS issues

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must comply with WHS laws, and WHS legal responsibilities and duty of care required for this unit. It must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities undertaken by individuals carrying out WHS duties in the workplace, and include access to:

  • safety processes relevant to the area of work
  • organisational policies and procedures, standard operating procedures and plans
  • standards, WHS laws and licensing requirements
  • opportunities for interaction with others
  • workplace equipment and resources required for the performance evidence.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the assessor requirements in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Assist with maintaining workplace safety

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