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Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care

What you will learn by studying this unit

  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status

This unit is a common unit in the paramedical and general health care sector and forms part of the range of health and community courses to offer.

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Elements and Performance Criteria for this Paramedic/Medic unit

What does this mean? Elements, which tell me what I should be able to do if I am competent in this unit of a course; Performance Criteria, which tell me how I can show that I am competent in the individual tasks or activities to the required standards

Performance Evidence for HLTWHS002 – Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care:

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.

There must be demonstrated evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks at least once in line with state/territory WHS regulations, relevant codes of practice and workplace procedures:

  • contributed to a workplace WHS meeting or inspection
  • conducted a workplace risk assessment and recorded the results
  • consistently applied workplace safety procedures in the day-to-day work activities required by the job role, including:
  • infection control
  • hazardous manual tasks
  • use of personal protective equipment
  • reporting incidents
  • followed workplace procedures for at least one simulated emergency situation.

Knowledge Evidence, CHCCOM005 – Communicate and Work in Health or Community Services:

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • state/territory legislation and how it impacts on workplace regulations, codes of practice and industry standards, including:
  • State/territory WHS authorities.
  • Rights and responsibilities of employers and workers, including duty of care.
  • Hazardous manual tasks.
  • Infection control.
  • Safety symbols and their meanings, including signs for:
  • Poisons.
  • Emergency equipment.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Specific hazards such as sharps, radiation.
  • Hazard identification, including:
  • Definition of a hazard.
  • Common workplace hazards relevant to the industry setting including hazardous manual tasks, infection control risks and personal safety risks.
  • Workplace procedures for hazard identification.
  • Strategies minimising risk.
  • Safety considerations when working in a home-based environment, including:
  • Rights and responsibilities of workers and clients.
  • Basic home fire safety including high-risk groups, behaviour that contributes to fire injury and fatalities, and smoke alarm placement, installation and maintenance.
  • Risks to personal safety.
  • Common sources of infection and means to minimise transfer of infectious diseases.
  • Fundamentals of the musculoskeletal system and practices minimising injury to self and clients.
  • Workplace emergency procedures.
  • Workplace policies and procedures for WHS.

Assessment Conditions for HLTWHS002 – Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care:

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

  • use of suitable facilities, equipment and resources, including client health information
  • modelling of industry operating conditions, including:
  • analysis of health information of real people
  • integration of problem-solving activities

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

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