Assessment_Task_1 (12)




Assessment_Task_1 (12)

Establish and maintain WHS management systems

Submission details

The assessment task is due on the date specified by your assessor. Any variations to this arrangement must be approved in writing by your assessor.

Submit this document with any required evidence attached. See specifications below for details.

Performance objective

The candidate is to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to establish and maintain a WHS management system.

Assessment description

Referring to the simulated business and scenario information provided in the Appendices of this task, you will plan and develop a WHS management system to assist the organisation to comply with WHS legislation. You will identify and use sources of expert advice to plan your system. You will gather a portfolio of evidence to collect samples of documentation to support the WHS management system. You will then prepare a report outlining and explaining the system, duty holders, resources, and approval required.


  • Review the Australian Hardware scenario in Appendix 1.
  • Review the Australian Hardware simulated business information in the Appendices.
  • Note: Detailed information on Australian Hardware, including operational policies and procedures, risk management, and financials may be accessed at:

  • ‘Australian Hardware’, IBSA, viewed March 2013, <>.
  • Research WHS management systems (WHSMS) to determine the features for an appropriate WHS management system to propose for Australian Hardware. Consider:
  • which policies and procedures to include
  • what adaptation and amendments may be required to existing policies and procedures
  • the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities required
  • which human, physical and financial resources are required (estimate costs over first year of implementation). See table below for costs.
  • Note: Two hours of training per employee has been approved relating to the new WHSMS itself, duties, and role-specific safety training. The total approved budget is $1 million.

  • Amend the Wollongong Store WHS policy to apply nationally.
  • Develop a report on the proposed WHSMS. Include:
  • description of the features of the proposed WHSMS, including policies
  • explanation of how the proposed WHSMS meets legislative requirements, including description of duty holders (PCBU, officers, workers, etc.)
  • explanation of how the proposed WHSMS meets organisational requirements and integrates with organisational needs.
  • Submit all required documentation to your assessor as per specifications below. Keep copies for your records.
  • Specifications


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    You must provide:

  • a one- to two-page report on your proposed WHS management system
  • a portfolio of evidence, including:
  • an amended WHS policy to apply nationally
  • an outline of resources and costs for the system, which includes the name of the designated person for approval.
  • Your assessor will be looking for evidence of:

  • knowledge of relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice that apply to WHS risk management and recordkeeping in the context of the simulated business and scenario
  • literacy skills to adapt and communicate WHS policies that reflect WHS legislative requirements
  • information technology skills to, for example, source simulated business information and use word processing software to adapt existing policies.
  • Adjustment for distance-based learners

  • No adjustments are required.
  • Appendices

    Appendix 1: Scenario – Australian Hardware

    Appendix 2: Australian Hardware national business plan (excerpt)

    Appendix 3: Australian Hardware organisational chart

    Appendix 4: Australian Hardware (Wollongong) WHS policy and procedures

    Health and safety management system principles and objectives

    In order to ensure a healthy and safe working environment, Australian Hardware will:

  • establish a safe and healthy workplace
  • ensure compliance with all relevant legislation
  • provide written procedures and instructions for safe working practices and material safety data sheets (MSDS) where required
  • provide appropriate support, instruction, training and supervision to employees to ensure safe working practices
  • consult employees and affected persons on health and safety issues
  • set and monitor clear performance goals for prevention and lessening of illnesses and injuries in the workplace for employees, contractors and visitors (including clients and volunteers)
  • detect hazards leading to assessment and appropriate control activities for all risks in the workplace
  • commit to participation in workplace health and safety matters by all senior managers, line managers, supervisors and staff (including employee representatives)
  • access and provide appropriate information relating to working safely and the training required for organisational employees to carry out their duties in a safe manner
  • establish and commit to a health and safety management system and continual improvement including internal/external audits and systematic management review.
  • Appendix 5: Australian Hardware procurement policy

    Approval authority


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