RIIWHS201E - Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

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This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work safely and follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures in the resources and infrastructure industries.

It applies to those working in operational roles. They generally work under supervision to undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and take responsibility for the quality of own work outcomes.

Licensing, legislative and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories and industry sectors. Users must check requirements with relevant body before applying the unit.

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.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Access and apply site safety procedures

1.1 Obtain, interpret and confirm work requirements

1.2 Access, interpret and apply documentation and procedures

1.3 Interpret and apply site plans, transport rules and signage to locate destinations

1.4 Identify, act on and report breaches of worksite safety

2. Apply personal safety measures

2.1 Select and wear personal protective equipment

2.2 Establish and maintain a clean, tidy and safe working area

2.3 Obtain permits and clearances before work is carried out

2.4 Apply safe manual handling procedures

2.5 Identify and apply site procedures

3. Apply operational safety measures

3.1 Recognise and respond to alarms

3.2 Carry out isolation of energy sources and immobilisation of potential energy sources

3.3 Identify and clarify responsibility when responding to emergency situations

3.4 Apply basic firefighting techniques

3.5 Identify emergency escape routes and procedures

4. Maintain personal wellbeing

4.1 Identify risks to personal wellbeing and recognise preventative strategies

4.2 Identify, address and report situations which may endanger others

4.3 Comply with all work health and safety policies

5. Identify and report incidents

5.1 Recognise and report incidents and injuries to relevant personnel

5.2 Prepare written records of incidents and injuries according to workplace procedures

5.3 Contribute to workplace incident investigations


Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance but not explicit in the performance criteria.




  • Identifies and interprets information from workplace procedures, documentation, legislation and regulations


  • Produces and completes written documents required for workplace procedures and legislative requirements


  • Monitors and minimises own exposure to worksite risks and hazards during activities

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