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BSBWHS521 Ensure a safe workplace for a work area

Assessment Task 1


  • The purpose of this task is to assess your knowledge relating to work health and safety issues relevant to a work area
  • You must answer all eleven (11) questions. Where applicable, a guide to the length of your response for each question is provided next to each question.
  • You must complete this task by the due date set by your trainer and assessor.
  • You will need access to the following resources to complete this task:
  • Learner Guide and class notes
  • Computer with MS Office Suite (or similar) and internet access.
  • You must provide your responses in your own words. You can refer to the Learner Guide or other sources, but you are not allowed to copy sentences and/or paragraphs directly from these sources. If your responses found to have been copied directly from learner guide or other sources, your result for this task will be Not Satisfactory.
  • You will complete this task at home in your own time.
  • You must submit evidence as per the ‘Evidence Submission Checklist’ by the due date.
  • Questions

  • Identify the title of the WHS Act and Regulation that applies in New South Wales.
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011

    Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

  • Identify the purpose of a WHS code of practice and give an example. (in 60 to 80 words)
  • Reference

    There are standards specified under the work health and safety laws that must be met. The codes of practice give details and help to understand about how to meet those WHS standards

    One example from the codes of practice is; Hazardous Manuel Tasks

    The purpose of this code is to

    Describe manual tasks e.g., repetitive tasks

    Who has responsibility

    How to manage and identify risks, strategies to control or eliminate risks

    How to implement control measures and review those measures

  • Outline at least four (4) factors that must be taken into account in determining control measures for hazardous manual tasks as stated in the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.
  • Reference

    Page 16 of Hazardous Manual task Codes of Practice

    4 Control Measures are;


  • Consider the nature, size, weight or number of persons, animals or things handled eg. the size, shape and weight of a load
  • Consider the work area design and layout eg. workbenches, furniture, fittings and the equipment used by workers and the effect on working posture
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  • Consider the work area design and layout eg. workbenches, furniture, fittings and the equipment used by workers and the effect on working posture
  • Consider the systems of work Systems of work, or the way work is organised can influence the physical and mental demands that a manual task places on a worker. The sources of risk arising from systems of work may include: time constraints and the pace and flow of work across the working day or shift
  • Consider the workplace environment factors include cold, heat, humidity, lighting
  • Define (I 40 to 50 words) the term duty holder under WHS legislation and the primary duty of care of a PCBU under WHS legislation.
  • Reference “

    Page 4 & 7

    Duty Holder – refers to any person who owes a work health and safety duty under the WHS Act including a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), C More than one person can concurrently have the same duty in which case the duty is shared. Duties cannot be transferred.

    The term Duty Holder refers to

    Anyone under the OHS act who has a duty. This may be a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU)

    This includes designer, manufacturer, importer, supplier, installer of products or plant used at work (upstream duty holders), an officer and workers. More than one person may have a duty at the same time and duties cannot be transferred.

  • Outline two examples of a WHS related policies and procedures that a business may implement.
  • My company has introduced procedures to minimise risks in these areas;

  • Risk management policy and procedure RISK; Covid-19
  • A full risk assessment was carried out to ensure that the business was as safe as possible in dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic. Everyone entering has to sterilise hands, fill in a health questionnaire, register for tracking and have temperature taken. All surfaces wiped down with disinfectant twice a day, high risk areas such as taps and handles more frequently. Signage is installed to remind everyone about social distancing.

  • Manual Handling RISK; Repetitive strain injury
  • Because of the risk of repetitive strain injuries associated with remedial massage, all staff have to be fully trained and qualified ; staff may not work more than 90 minutes without a minimum 10 minute break.…


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