Why Safety in Ministry? Simple, denominations, pastors, church members are all responsible for the health and well being of those who come to facilities regardless of the purpose as members, adherents or visitors whether they come to worship to lead or as or as visitors. We use “BSBWHS411 – Implement and Monitor WHS Policies, Procedures and Programs” to teach and develop these skills.
Why Safety in Ministry? Simple, denominations, pastors, church members are all responsible for the health and well being of those who come to facilities regardless of the purpose as members, adherents or visitors whether they come to worship to lead or as or as visitors. We use "BSBWHS411 - Implement and Monitor WHS Policies, Procedures and Programs" to teach and develop these skills.
We are all are equally responsible for the welfare of those who work in our churches as employees or as volunteers. This responsibility is exactly the same as it is for any other business or corporation. For many years this has not been understood and as a result for many churches, they have functioned outside the legislation, not deliberately, often more out of ignorance to the laws on health and safety in the belief that somehow they did not really apply to us. But the law does.
Under the law, employers are responsible for health and safety management. This means making sure that workers, visitors and others are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively controlling any risks to injury or health that could arise in the workplace.
A workplace health and safety management system can minimise the risk of injury and illness from workplace operations. It is one of the most effective ways to ensure health and safety are embedded across your organisation and is a part of everything you do.
What is Workplace health and safety (WHS)?
Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), often referred to as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), involves the assessment and migration of risks that may impact the health, safety or welfare of those in your workplace. This may include the health and safety of your customers, employees, visitors, contractors, volunteers and suppliers. As a business owner or Pastor, you must comply with legal requirements to ensure your workplace meets WHS obligations.
WHS or OH&S – What’s the difference?
Before 2012, workplace health and safety (WHS) laws were known as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) laws. These laws differed across Australian states and territories. To make the laws more consistent across Australia, in 2012, the state and territory governments agreed to develop model laws (WHS Act and Regulations) on which they could base their health and safety laws.
Find out more about the model work health and safety laws on the Safe Work Australia website.
To complete this course Safety in Ministry we utilize the unit “BSBWHS411 Implement and Monitor WHS Policies, Procedures and Programs."
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in order to meet legislative requirements.
The unit applies to those with supervisory responsibilities in a work area who have a broad knowledge of WHS policies and contribute well-developed skills in creating solutions to problems through analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources. They provide supervision and guidance to others and have limited responsibility for the output of others.
ELEMENTSand PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
1. Provide information to work team about WHS policies and procedures
1.1 Identify and communicate relevant provisions about WHS laws to work team
1.2 Provide information about organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs, and ensure it is readily accessible to work team
1.3 Communicate information about identified hazards and outcomes of risk assessment and control to work team
2. Implement and monitor work team consultative arrangements for managing WHS
2.1 Communicate importance of consultation mechanisms in managing WHS risks to work team
2.2 Apply consultation mechanisms to facilitate work team participation in managing work area hazards, according to organisational policies and procedures
2.3 Contribute to managing issues raised through consultation mechanisms, according to organisational consultation procedures and WHS legislative requirements
2.4 Communicate outcomes of consultation about WHS issues to work team
3. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for providing WHS training to work team
3.1 Identify and document team WHS training needs according to organisational requirements and WHS laws
3.2 Make arrangements to meet WHS training needs of team members in consultation with relevant stakeholders
3.3 Provide workplace learning opportunities to facilitate team and individual achievement of identified WHS training needs
4. Implement and monitor organisational procedures and legal requirements for identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks
4.1 Identify and report on hazards in work area according to organisational policies and procedures, and WHS legislative requirements
4.2 Contribute to managing and implementing hazard reports according to organisational policies and procedures, and WHS legislative requirements
4.3 Implement procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of control measures according to organisational policies and procedures, and WHS legislative requirements
4.4 Identify and report inadequacies in existing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control measures, and WHS legislative requirements
4.5 Monitor outcomes of reports on inadequacies, as required, to ensure prompt organisational response
5. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for maintaining WHS records
5.1 Complete and maintain WHS incident records of occupational injury and disease in work area according to organisational policies and procedures, and WHS legislative requirements
5.2 Use aggregate information and data from work area records to meet organisational recordkeeping requirements
The required Foundation skills are listed below
This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.
Navigate the world of work
Interact with others
Get the work done
The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and to:
During the above, the candidate must:
The candidate must demonstrate the knowledge to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. This includes knowledge of:
Assessment must comply with WHS laws, legal responsibilities and duty of care required for this unit. It must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities undertaken by individuals carrying out WHS duties in the workplace, and must include access to:
Students complete the subject Safety in Ministry utilise the unit BSBWHS411 - Implement and Monitor WHS Policies, Procedures and Programs.
It is undertaken through our “Online Training Portal” while evidence of practical experience will be applied in the context of the local church
The portal provides the student with an interactive and comprehensive learning and training section. Various assignments are presented which are designed to teach and develop and determine competency in the units. Detailed instructions and access are provided to students by VIC as they enter the unit.
An overview of the training portal can be accessed through these videos.
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