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Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety BSB41415
Overview of the course
The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is a fully nationally accredited and nationally recognised training course designed to meet the needs of WHS specialists in both business and industry. The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is comprised of 10 units of competencies, 5 core units and 5 electives. This workplace health and safety course is now the minimum requirement for safety officer duties.
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Quality assured face-to-face training with the Australian Institute of Accredited Training
You will enjoy an excellent learning experience in the Australian Institute of Accredited Training’s facilities that:
- Class sizes are kept to manageable numbers. 8 Maximum – so everybody participates.
- We never cancel courses – enrol with confidence.
- No homework on training days – all work is completed in course time – we know you’re busy.
- No exam – we assess you as you go, and
- Assessments are aligned with Clause 1.4 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.
Our public training courses are valuable opportunities for professional development and networking. They are also the perfect way to convert competency-based experience into formal qualifications for either career advancement or a complete career change.
Every year, one worker in 12 is injured seriously enough to lodge a worker’s compensation claim. Work-related deaths annually are three times more than road fatalities in Australia. There were 212 and 186 worker deaths in the workplace in 2012 and 213 respectively in Australia and the number for 2014 is already 20.
Workplace safety is absolutely crucial because it protects employees and the employer from injury or death, enhances their safety awareness and how to create, monitor, and work in a safe hazard free environment.
It has been found that almost invariably, the ignorance of the employee and their lack of training to handle situations are the main reasons behind workplace accidents and injuries and the severity of these. Workplace Health & Safety regulations are strict and ever-changing.
This course was formally known as Certificate IV in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) but has been revised and updated to WHS to meet the new national harmonisation Work Health Safety Act of 2011.
On 1 January 2012 the Commonwealth, and most States and Territories adopted new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.
Under these new laws all workers and volunteers are given significant protection. Full compliance with these rules requires the service of a properly trained WHS personnel who keep abreast of changing regulations.
It is important to have well trained personnel to deal with all workplace hazards and inculcate a culture of health and safety in the workplace.
OHS vs WHS
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 RTO’s are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.
There are no formal requirements to gain entry into this qualification, however our workshops are aimed at participants who have workplace experience of health and safety systems and operations (e.g hazard report forms, JHA’s and Take 5’s).
Many students enter this qualification without holding existing qualifications. As the programs are designed based upon the work environment, experience within that environment is an acceptable point of entry.
The Certificate IV Work Health and Safety may include but not limited to experience within a health & safety environment, or another closely related field, this may be either as a team member, supervisor or leading hand. This course also requires that you have sound language and literacy skills, and basic word processing.
To support your studies you will be provided with qualified trainers, all learning materials, flexible delivery options, telephone and email support. This program requires a significant amount of reading and writing. You will need:
1. Language and literacy skills at a level that enables you to access, interpret, understand and use WHS information and data (including legislation, regulations and other guidance materials) and to write succinct policies, procedures, plans and reports
2. Numeracy skills at a level that enables you to read and understand managerial performance indicators and related statistics and measurements, and to allocate timeframes, and financial and other resources required to implement plans
3. Technology skills to conduct online research using a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox) and to use a variety of software applications to read PDF files (e.g. Adobe), produce documents (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint), and analyse information and data (e.g. Excel)
4. The ability to research information and data: from a variety of sources such as legislation, codes of practice, Australian standards and policy and proceedures.
Our dynamic 5 day face-to-face course
The Certificate IV in WHS is offered by us as a comprehensive 5 day face to face workshop run at our training centre. As with most courses there are some post course assessments that need to be completed to gain certification. These post course assessments comprise of using the skills and knowlwdge gained on our dynamic course and applying these to your workplace environment.
What will you Learn?
The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is now the minimum requirement for WHS management in many workplaces and is deigned to enable you to participate in an organisations WHS management system. The Certificate IV in WHS will show you how to comply with legislation, how to identify hazards, and how to assess and control risks. Additionally, you will learn how to contribute to WHS in a workplace environment, including aiding in the implementation of WHS strategies to control risks and emergency procedures. The Certificate IV in WHS will help you to take that next step in your career, whether it be up-skilling for your existing workplace, or providing you a valuable qualification that could be utilised in a range of new employment opportunities.
BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with providing advice about the legislative duties, rights and obligations of individuals and parties prescribed in work health and safety (WHS) legislation. It includes identification of WHS legislation, duties, rights and obligations and the necessary actions to ensure compliance in the workplace.This unit applies to individuals who assist with providing advice about the legislative duties, rights and obligations of individuals and parties prescribed in WHS laws as part of a systematic approach to managing WHS. This unit applies to people who work in a broad range of WHS roles across all industries.
BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to setting up, running and improving work health and safety (WHS) consultation and participation processes that are prescribed in legislation. It also covers contributing to communicating relevant information identifying and delivering related training and improving the consultation and participation processes. This unit applies to individuals whose job role includes contributing to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes in their work area and job role. This unit applies to people who work in a broad range of WHS roles across all industries.
BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the processes of identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assessing WHS risks, and developing, implementing and evaluating risk controls according to legislative and organisational requirements. It applies to individuals who contribute to WHS risk management processes in their work role in a range of industry and workplace contexts.
BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the implementation and maintenance of a Work Health and Safety management system (WHSMS) as it applies to own work area and job role. It applies to individuals with responsibilities for contributing to an organisation’s WHSMS as part of their work health and safety (WHS) responsibilities in a range of industry and workplace contexts.
BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to incidents
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with actions and activities performed in response to work health and safety (WHS) incidents which includes accidents. It applies to individuals who work under supervision and use some discretion and judgement to respond to incidents within their level of responsibility. The unit applies to people who work in a broad range of WHS roles across all industries.
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review a presentation to a target audience. This unit applies to individuals who may be expected to make presentations for a range of purposes, such as marketing, training and promotions. They contribute well developed communication skills in presenting a range of concepts and ideas.
BSBWHS409 Assist with workplace monitoring processes
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with monitoring a range of physical agents and conditions relevant to work health and safety (WHS). It applies to individuals working in a broad range of WHS roles across all industries who assist with using a range of measuring devices to collect, interpret, evaluate and report on workplace information and data in relation to physical agents and conditions. It does not extend to hazard identification, risk assessment or developing control measures based on the outcomes of monitoring, which are covered in BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control.
BSBWRT401 Write complex documents
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan documents, draft text, prepare final text and produce documents of some complexity. It applies to individuals who work in a range of business environments and are skilled in the creation of reports, information and general promotion documents that are more complex than basic correspondence, memos or forms and that require review and analysis of a range of information sources.
BSBWHS410 Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the identification, review, development, implementation and evaluation of effective participation and consultation processes as an integral part of managing work health and safety (WHS). It applies to individuals with responsibility for enabling people to be consulted about, and to participate in, WHS management and decision making across the organisation. These individuals will work in a range of WHS roles across all industries and apply a substantial knowledge base and well developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.
BSBWHS505 Investigate WHS incidents
This unit describes the 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. This unit applies to individuals required to investigate incidents in relation to prevention of future incidents. The unit applies to people who work in a range of WHS roles across all industries and who apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.
Certificate IV characteristics of learning outcomes
Breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge and competencies would cover a broad range of varied activities or application in a wider variety of contexts most of which are compleand non-routine. Leadership and guidance are involved when organising activities of self and others as well as contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature. Performance of a broad range of skilled applications including the requirement to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices and provision of some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of the skills. Applications involve responsibility for, and limited organisation of, others. Do the competencies enable an individual with this qualification to: demonstrate understanding of a broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems identify and apply skill and knowledge areas to a wide variety of contexts, with depth in some areas identify, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources take responsibility for own outputs in relation to specified quality standards take limited responsibility for the quantity and quality of the output of others.
These are the rules we as trainers and assessors apply in facilitating this qualification. These rules are set out by the industry skills council IBSA. See packaging rules