This unit covers the competency required to manage the workplace emergency initial response teams assigned to control workplace emergencies in their early stages prior to the arrival of emergency services or specialist response teams.
Depending on the size and structure of the workplace, management may involve more than one workplace emergency initial response team over more than one physical location as specified in the emergency management plan.
This unit has been developed to cover the broad range of emergencies and workplaces as considered in Australian Standard 3745—2010.
This unit applies to employees in the workplace within all industries and in all contexts.
The application of this unit includes all employees in the workplace who have a functional management role of the emergency response team. A person performing this role has the delegated responsibility for the development of business plans and budgets to support the funding of an initial response team; undertake a risk assessment to identify possible hazards that the response team may encounter and develop and implement appropriate controls for those hazards including pre-incident planning, emergency procedures, response protocols and subsequent auditing; and recommend the acquisition and procurement of emergency equipment to support the initial response team, developing procedures and coordinating training on available equipment in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications.
Responsibilities also include the coordination of training and assessment to ensure that a person is competent prior to induction on to the emergency response team, as well as ensuring effective scheduling of skills maintenance together with the reporting and recording of all training.
The knowledge and skills gained through the completion of this unit may be applied by employees across all industries.