Unit of competency: UEENEEE101A - Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace


Retrieved from: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UEENEEE101A 12/02/2020

Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

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1 .1 ) Descriptor 


This unit specifies the mandatory requirements of occupational health and safety and how they apply to the various electrotechnology work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for health and safety, risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

Application of the Unit

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

1 .2 ) License to practice 

During Training : Competency development activities are subject to regulations directly related to licencing, occupational health and safety and where applicable contracts of training such as apprenticeships.

In the workplace : The application of the skills and knowledge described in this unit require a license to practice in the workplace where work is carried out on electrical equipment or installations which are designed to operate at voltages greater than 50 V a.c. or 120 V d.c.

Other conditions may apply under State and Territory legislative and regulatory requirements.


Prerequisite Unit (s )

2 )


2 .1 ) Competencies 


There are no prerequisite competencies for this unit.

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

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This unit contains Employability Skills

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of Employability Skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit of competency is packaged will assist in identifying Employability Skill requirements.

Application of the Unit 

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This unit addresses information, processes and techniques for the application of general occupational health and safety requirements in workplaces and is essential for employees without managerial or supervisory responsibilities


Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

6 ) Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.


Elements and Performance Criteria




Prepare to enter a work area


Work area access permits are obtained from appropriate personnel according to established procedures



Safe work methods for controlling risk obtained, read and understood prior to undertaking a work activity.



Preparations for electrical and non-electrical isolation are carried out to prevent creation of hazards from loss of machine/system/process control according to established procedures.



Tools and equipment needed for the work are checked for safety and correct functionality according to established procedures and regulatory requirements.


Apply safe working practices.


Safe work methods for controlling risk are followed accurately.



Workplace procedures for dealing with accidents, fires and emergencies are followed according to work procedures and scope of responsibility and competencies.


Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control


Hazards are identified and control measures implemented and monitored through active participation in the consultation process with employer and other employees.



Hazards in the work area are recognised and reported to appropriate personnel according to established procedures.



OHS records of incidents are completed in accordance with regulatory requirements and established procedures.



Workplace instructions and training are followed accurately within established procedures.



Required Skills and Knowledge


7)  This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Evidence shall show that knowledge has been acquired of safe working practices and applying OHS practices in the workplace.

The knowledge and skills shall be contextualised to current industry standards, technologies and practices.

KS01-EE101A Occupational Health and Safety principles 

Evidence shall show an understanding of Occupational Health and Safety to an extent indicated by the following aspects

T1 The basic legal requirements covering occupational health and safety in the workplace encompassing:

·         underlying principles of OH&S

·         general aims and objectives of the relevant state or territory legislation relating to OH&S.

·         employer and employee responsibilities, rights and obligations.

·         major functions of safety committees and representatives.

·         powers given to Occupational Health and Safety Inspectors

·         housekeeping and potential hazards in relation to improper housekeeping

·         selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) given hazardous situations

T2 The work environment encompassing:

·         typical hazards associated with a range of work environments

·         procedures used to control the risks associated with these hazards

·         principles of risk assessment / management and state the purpose of each.

·         hierarchy of OH&S hazard control measures.

·         required documentation for risk assessment.

·         commonly used workplace safety signs.

·         workplace emergencies that pose a threat to health and safety and suitable procedure for an emergency workplace evacuation.

·         appropriate fire extinguisher for a given type of fire.

·         requirements for the location, mounting and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.

·         basic process of fighting a fire.

·         Importance of safe premises, buildings and security in an industrial setting and the consequences of non- compliance.

·         standard work procedure.

T3 Manual Handling encompassing:

·         typical manual handling injuries and the effect they can have on lifestyle

·         situations that may cause manual handling injuries

·         correct procedures for lifting and carrying to prevent manual handling injuries

T4 Chemicals in the workplace encompassing:

·         hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

·         classification of chemicals as hazardous substances and/or dangerous goods

·         requirements for labelling of chemicals in the workplace

·         safe storage procedures for chemicals

·         purpose and interpretation of material safety data sheet (MSDS)

T5 Working at heights encompassing:

·         dangers associated with working on ladders and scaffolds

·         identification of work area as a height risk and use appropriate safety equipment to prevent a fall

·         selecting an appropriate ladder for a given situation and perform a safety check before use

·         precautions that should be taken when ascending and working off a ladder

·         precautions that should be taken when working on and around a scaffold and elevated platforms.

T6 Confined spaces encompassing:

·         hazards associated with working in a confined space

·         identifying workplace situations that could be classified as a confined space

·         control measures for working in a designated confined space

T7 Physical and psychological hazards encompassing:

·         short and long term effects of excessive noise and techniques to avoid damage to hearing due to excessive noise

·         effects of vibration on the human body and work practices to protect against vibration

·         effects of thermal stress on the human body and work practices to protect against thermal stress

·         effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the human body and work practices to protect against UV radiation.

·         dangers associated with laser operated equipment and tools and suitable protective measures to overcome the danger.

·         occupational overuse syndrome, how it occurs and means to overcome it

·         factors that cause stress in the workplace, symptoms of a person suffering from stress and personal stress management techniques

·         detrimental effects and dangers of drug and alcohol use in the workplace

T8 Working safely with electricity encompassing:

·         effects of electric shock on the human body

·         common causes of electrical accidents

·         precautions that can minimise the chance of electric shock (earthing, extra low voltage, fuses, circuit breakers and residual current devices – RCDs)

·         protection offered by a residual current device (RCD)

·         need for ensuring the (safe) isolation of an electrical supply

·         appropriate method of removing an electric shock victim from a live electrical situation

T9 Life support - CPR in the workplace encompassing:

·         First Aid.

·         responsibilities of the First Aider.

·         priorities of first aid management for any accident or injury.

·         procedures required at an accident scene.

·         legal and ethical issues, which may impact on the management of care.

·         'Duty of Care'.

·         examination of a casualty for injuries.

·         effect of cardio pulmonary arrest on the body.

·         Managing simulated conditions of: airway obstruction; respiratory arrest and cardio pulmonary arrest,

·         single and two-person cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

·         signs and symptoms of an altered level of consciousness

·         management of simulation of a casualty with an altered level of consciousness.

·         signs and symptoms of shock.

·         management of simulation of a casualty in shock

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