Course Title: Investigate WHS incidents

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4379 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Title: Investigate WHS incidents

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254309

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Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, conduct and report on investigations of work health and safety (WHS) incidents that have resulted in, or have the potential to result in, injury or damage.

It covers conducting an initial assessment of the situation; establishing the scope and legal parameters of the investigation; conducting a systematic analysis to identify underlying causes and actions for prevention; and reporting on the outcomes of the investigation appropriate to the potential severity of the incident, which may include accessing specialist expertise.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS505 Investigate WHS incidents


1 Ensure initial responses to the incident are carried out according to requirements

2 Develop an investigation plan

3 Collect information and data

4 Analyse information and data gathered to identify immediate and underlying causes and practical prevention measures

5 Compile and communicate investigation report

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will need to show evidence of the ability to:
• prepare and implement an initial response to an incident that complies with legislative and organisational requirements and considers the safety and security of individuals and the site
• systematically develop and document a plan to investigate an incident
• collect, document and analyse data and information relevant to an incident investigation ensuring that all individuals in the investigation team understand and follow required processes
• prepare and communicate an investigation report in required format that identifies the events leading up to the incident, immediate and underlying causes, points at which the incident could have been prevented and recommendations arising from the investigation.

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge.
Assessment in this course will involve the following activities

Task 1. Assignment. You are required to respond to a Case Study  ’Response to an WHS incident’.
This task relates to Elements 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Task 2. Discussion forum. You are required to respond to  ’WHS practical prevention measures’.
This task relates to Element 4

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:
• workplace policies and procedures
• office equipment and resources
• relevant Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines relating to risks found in the workplace
• case studies and, where possible, real situations.