This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) induction training within the construction industry. It requires the ability to demonstrate personal awareness of OHS legislative requirements, and the basic principles of risk management and prevention of injury and illness in the construction industry. Licensing requirements will apply to this unit of competency depending on the regulatory requirements of each jurisdiction.
This unit of competency supports the attainment of the basic OHS knowledge required prior to undertaking designated work tasks within any of the sectors within the construction industry. The unit relates directly to the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2006).
1 Basic roles, responsibilities and rights of duty holders are identified and explained according to jurisdictional health and safety legislative requirements.
2. Duty of care requirements are identified.
3. Construction safe work practices are identified and explained.
1. Basic principles of risk management are identified.
2. Construction hazards are identified and discussed.
3. Purpose and use of PPE are identified and demonstrated.
4. Measures for controlling hazards are identified.
1.Health and safety documents are identified and discussed.
2. Roles of designated health and safety personnel are identified and explained.
3. Safety signs and symbols are identified and explained.
4. Procedures for reporting hazards, incidents and injuries are identified.
A person must demonstrate knowledge of:
basic duty of care, and the roles, rights and responsibilities of business owners and workers in relation to working safely while undertaking construction work
basic meaning of the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’
basic principles of risk management, including the following five steps in order:
consult and report
basic procedures for accessing first aid
construction hazards, including those relating to:
electrical: power lines, cords and equipment
excavations and trenches, including underground services
hazardous substances and dangerous goods
hot and cold work environments
plant and equipment operation
traffic and mobile plant
working at heights, including scaffolding
construction work that requires a high risk work licence
types, purpose and use of PPE used in construction, as specified in the performance evidence, and including safety footwear, harnesses and respiratory protection, and ultraviolet (UV) protective clothing and sunscreen
construction emergencies, including:
injury to personnel
toxic or flammable vapour emission
vehicle or mobile plant accident
construction incidents, including:
incidents resulting in personal injury or damage to property
near misses or dangerous occurrences that do not cause injury but may pose an
immediate and significant risk to persons or property, and need to be reported so that action can be taken to prevent recurrence
safe work practices that should be followed in construction work, including:
accessing and using site amenities for drinking water, hand washing and toilets
following safety procedures when performing work tasks and using equipment
identifying and reporting hazards, incidents and injuries in the workplace
keeping the work area clean, tidy and free from debris
not using or being affected by drugs and/or alcohol while at work
preventing bullying and harassment in the workplace
selecting and using required PPE
smoking only in designated areas
storing and removing waste and debris in designated areas
meanings and symbols associated with construction safety signs, symbols and tags, including:
emergency information signs: exits, emergency equipment and first aid
fire signs: location of fire alarms and firefighting equipment
hazard signs and symbols: danger and warning
regulatory signs and symbols: prohibition, mandatory and limitation or restriction
safety and lockout tags: danger and out-of-service tags