Course Title: Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4358 Certificate IV in Business Administration

Course Title: Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2016,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in order to meet legislative requirements.

It applies to individuals with supervisory responsibilities for implementing and monitoring the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs in a work area. These individuals have a broad knowledge of WHS policies and contribute well developed skills in creating solutions to unpredictable problems through analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources. They provide supervision and guidance to others and have limited responsibility for the output of others.

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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements


1. Provide information to the work team about WHS policies and procedures

2. Implement and monitor participation arrangements for managing WHS

3. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for providing WHS training

4. Implement and monitor organisational procedures and legal requirements for identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks

5. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for maintaining WHS records for the team

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

 Evidence of the ability to:

  • explain clearly and accurately to work team the relevant work health and safety (WHS) information including:
  • WHS legislative and organisational requirements
  • identified hazards and outcomes of risk assessment and control
  • ensure that the team has access to information about WHS policies, procedures and programs in appropriate structure and language
  • implement and monitor procedures according to organisational and legislative WHS requirements including:
  • consultation and communications to enable team members to participate in managing WHS risks and hazards
  • identifying WHS training needs and providing learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring as appropriate to needs
  • identifying, reporting and taking action on WHS hazards and risks
  • identifying and reporting inadequacies in existing risk controls and monitoring outcomes to ensure a prompt organisational response
  • reporting on the cost of WHS training
  • keeping WHS records
  • analysing aggregate WHS data to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures in work area.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • outline the legal responsibilities and duties of managers, supervisors, persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs) and workers in relation to WHS risk management in the workplace
  • identify key provisions of relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice that apply to the business and outline how they apply in the work area
  • explain organisational policies and procedures relating to hazard identification, risk management, fire, emergency and evacuation, incident investigation and reporting
  • explain the importance of effective consultation mechanisms in managing health and safety risks in the workplace
  • explain how the hierarchy of control applies in the work area.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced by individuals carrying out work health and safety duties in the workplace and include access to:

  • an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • workplace equipment and resources
  • examples of documents relating to workplace safety, hazard identification and risk assessment
  • interaction with others.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.