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Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Unit Descriptor This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and implement a workplace sustainability policy, including the modification of the policy to suit changed circumstances. This unit requires the ability to access industry information, applicable legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines. While no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply holistically to this unit at the time of publication, relevant national, state and territory legislation, regulations and codes of practice impact upon this unit.

1 . Develop workplace sustainability policy

  1. Define scope of sustainability policy

  2. Gather information from a range of sources to plan and develop policy

  3. Identify and consult stakeholders as a key component of the policy development process

  4. Include appropriate strategies in policy at all stages of work for minimising resource use, reducing toxic material and hazardous chemical use, and employing life cycle management approaches

  5. Make recommendations for policy options based on likely effectiveness, timeframes and cost

  6. Develop policy that reflects the organisation's commitment to sustainability as an integral part of business planning and as a business opportunity

  7. Agree to appropriate methods of implementation

2 . Communicate workplace sustainability policy

  1. Promote workplace sustainability policy, including its expected outcome to key stakeholders

  2. Inform those involved in implementing the policy as to outcomes expected, activities to be undertaken and responsibilities assigned

3 . Implement workplace sustainability policy

  1. Develop and communicate procedures to help implement workplace sustainability policy

  2. Implement strategies for continuous improvement in resource efficiency

  3. Establish and assign responsibility to use recording systems for tracking continuous improvements in sustainability approaches

4 . Review workplace sustainability policy implementation

  1. Document outcomes and provide feedback to key personnel and stakeholders

  2. Investigate successes or otherwise of policy

  3. Monitor records to identify trends that may require remedial action and use to promote continuous improvement of performance

  4. Modify policy and or procedures as required to ensure improvements are made

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?
How are activities planned and organised?
How are problem solving skills applied?
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?
How is use of technology applied?
How is team work used within this competency?

Range Statement

Scope of workplace sustainability policy may include:

Sources may include:

Stakeholders may include:

Strategies may include:

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

Guidance information for assessment

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example: