ABOUT THE UNIT 

This unit is an elective unit for the Diploma of Library and Information Services. This unit provides the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the Libraries and Information Services context, in accordance with WHS legal requirements. The unit will cover the following areas:

  • Relevant WHS legislation, regulations, codes of practice and guidance materials
  • Responsibilities and duty of care in the workplace
  • The impact of WHS and return to work processes
  • WHS management systems
  • Appropriate induction, training, communication and workplace consultation
  • Resolving WHS issues
  • Identifying and controlling hazards
  • Conducting risk assessments
  • Hierarchy of control, and escalating appropriate issues as necessary
  • Identifying key organisational WHS personnel, including Supervisors, first aid staff, rehabilitation providers etc.
  • Managing, monitoring, and measuring WHS data and performance

HOW THIS UNIT RELATES TO YOUR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES CAREER

Work Health and Safety (WHS) is everyone’s business. Each person working in a library or in any other work environment must be responsible for their own safety, and the safety of others, including colleagues and clients. Managers play an important role in ensuring the safety of the workplace and the wellbeing of their staff. This unit applies to managers working in a range of contexts. It takes a systems approach and ensures compliance with relevant legislative requirements. This unit is tailored to a Library and Information Services context.

TRANSFERABILITY OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

The skills and knowledge gained from this unit are applicable to any workplace context, whether in the Library and Information Services sector or not. They are also applicable to all library types. A crucial skill for any workplace context.

For further information on this unit visit training.gov.au