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									                                        Conservation and Land Management (RTD02), Amenity Horticulture
Training Package
                                        (RTF03) and Rural Production (RTE03)                                                                                     HSC Requirements
                                                                                                                                                                    and Advice
Title                                   Observe environmental work practices
                                        This competency standard covers the process of observing and contributing to positive environmental work
                                        practices. It requires the ability to follow workplace directions and instructions, recognise basic environmental       HSC Indicative Hours
Unit code                               hazards and threats and communicate accurately with supervisors and workplace colleagues, and keep simple
                                        records. Observing environmental work practices requires awareness of relevant environmental legislation,
        RTC2702A                        policies and workplace/industry practices, approaches to improving environmental performance, and
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                                        environmental issues (especially in regard to water catchments, air, noise, ecosystems, habitat, efficient use of
                                        resources, sustainability and waste minimisation).



                                                                Evidence Guide
What evidence is required to demonstrate competence for this standard as a whole?
Competence in observing environmental work practices requires evidence that skills and knowledge have been successfully and appropriately applied
and demonstrated in a work place or equivalent situation. The skills and knowledge required to observe environmental work practices must be
transferable to a range of work environments and contexts. For example, this could include different workplaces, environmental hazards and risks,
and workplace practices and procedures.

 What specific knowledge is                 What specific skills are            Are there other competency
                                                                                                                                                                 HSC Requirements
  needed to achieve the                     needed to achieve the                 standards that could be                    Assessment guide
  performance criteria?                     performance criteria?                 assessed with this one?                                                           and Advice

Knowledge and understanding are         To achieve the performance             This competency standard could be      There is essential information        Key Terms and Concepts
essential to apply this standard in     criteria, some complimentary skills    assessed on its own or in              about assessing this competency
the workplace, to transfer the skills   are required. These include the        combination with other                 standard for consistent                  biodiversity
to other contexts and to deal with      ability to:                            competencies relevant to the job       performance and where and how            conservation
unplanned events. The knowledge                                                function.                              it may be assessed, in the               enterprise requirements
                                         communicate with supervisors
requirements for this unit are listed                                                                                 Assessment Guidelines for this           Environment Protection Authority
                                          and workplace colleagues
below:                                                                                                                Training Package. All users of            (EPA)
                                         recognise basic environmental
                                                                                                                      these competency standards must          environmental hazards and risks
 relevant legislation from all           hazards and threats
                                                                                                                      have access to both the                  environmental impact
  levels of government on                follow workplace directions and
  environmental issues                                                                                                Assessment Guidelines and the            environmental issues
                                          instructions
 relevant environmental policies                                                                                     relevant Sector Booklet.                 environmental management
                                         keep simple records.
  and workplace/industry                                                                                                                                        systems
  practices and procedures                                                                                                                                     environmental records
 good practice approaches                                                                                                                                     environmental threat
  relevant to work area                                                                                                                                        environmental workplace
  particularly in regard to                                                                                                                                     strategies and practices
  minimising environment hazards                                                                                                                               legislation, codes and national
  and risks, and improving                                                                                                                                      standards
  environmental performance                                                                                                                                    natural resource management

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 What specific knowledge is           What specific skills are         Are there other competency
                                                                                                                                    HSC Requirements
  needed to achieve the               needed to achieve the              standards that could be            Assessment guide
  performance criteria?               performance criteria?              assessed with this one?                                       and Advice

 environmental issues, especially                                                                                                reporting and recording
  in regard to water catchments,                                                                                                  sustainability.
  air, noise, ecosystems, habitat,
  efficient use of resources,
  sustainability and waste
  minimisation
 potential environmental threats
  and problems relevant to a given
  region and occupation
 general work place practices and
  their potential impact on the
  environment.




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                                                                                                 HSC Requirements and                   Revision Notes and Examples
    Element            Performance Criteria                 Range of Variables
                                                                                                       Advice
1   Follow             1.1       Workplace               The Range of Variables explains       Learning experiences for the HSC
    environmental                practices and           the context within which the          must address:
    workplace                    work instructions       performance and knowledge
    practices                    relating to potential   requirements of this standard may     Environmental hazards/threats
                                 environmental           be assessed. The scope of             including:
                                 impacts are             variables chosen in training and          chemical/gas spillage/leakage
                                 recognised and          assessment requirements may               faulty equipment/machinery
                                 followed, and           depend on the work situations             natural disasters including flood
                                 clarification is        available.                                 and fire
                                 sought where                                                      wildlife habitat destruction
                                 necessary.              For more information on contexts,         sediment and nutrient discharge
                                                         environment and variables for              into waterways
                                                         training and assessment refer to          waste discharge into waterways
                                                         the Sector Booklet.
                                                                                                   pollution
                                                         What might environmental                  soil erosion
                                                         workplace procedures and work             inappropriate human interaction.
                                                         instructions include?
                                                                                               Strategies for minimisation of
                                                         These could include written           potential negative environmental
                                                         procedures or work instructions       impacts including:
                                                         for environmental hazard and risk
                                                                                                   environmental hazard and risk
                                                         identification, avoiding or
                                                                                                    identification and reporting
                                                         minimising environmental risks,
                                                                                                   avoidance or minimisation
                                                         improving environmental
                                                                                                    strategies such as regular
                                                         performance, waste minimisation
                                                                                                    maintenance of machinery and
                                                         and segregation, environmental
                                                                                                    equipment and use of
                                                         monitoring, signs and labels (e.g.,
                                                                                                    biodegradable/non-toxic
                                                         chemical labels), emergency
                                                                                                    substances
                                                         procedures, hazard and incident
                                                         recording and reporting                   waste minimisation such as
                                                         procedures, and environmental              recycled and recyclable products
                                                         data recording and reporting              improvement strategies
                                                         procedures where applicable.              environmental monitoring
                                                         Verbal instructions from persons          emergency procedures
                                                         with responsibility related to            sustainable farming.
                                                         environmental work practices are
                                                         also included in this definition.
                                                         What does recognise and follow
                                                         mean?
                                                         That a person will acknowledge
                                                         that environmental impacts,
                                                         hazards and risks exist

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                                                                                          HSC Requirements and               Revision Notes and Examples
Element           Performance Criteria               Range of Variables
                                                                                                Advice
                                                 and that they have a responsibility
                  1.2       Changes to work      to work in a manner which will
                            practices and        minimise the impact on the
                            procedures are       environment within the guidelines
                            responded to         established by the workplace.
                            positively and
                            promptly in          What environmental threats and
                            accordance with      hazards may be included in this
                            enterprise           competency standard?
                            requirements.
                                                 These could include spills, leaks,
                                                 pollution, planned and unplanned
                                                 emissions, soil compaction,
                                                 disturbance and erosion, accidents
                                                 and disposal of waste, and
                                                 damage or disruption to
                                                 ecosystems resulting from work
                                                 practices. Also includes plants,
                                                 animals or diseases that are
                                                 classified as an environmental
                                                 threat or problem
                                                 in an area, unauthorised changes
                                                 in land use, fire risks and threats,
                                                 and inappropriate human
                                                 interaction on the environment.
                                                 This may include damage to
                                                 habitat resources, disruption of
                                                 animal behaviour and territorial
                                                 use, illegal vegetation clearance,
                                                 seed collection, firewood
                                                 gathering, nest disturbance and
                                                 egg collecting.


                  1.3       Relevant             What legislation, codes and            Learning experiences for the HSC
                            legislation, codes   national standards may be              must address:
                            and national         relevant to this competency
                            standards that       standard?                              A basic understanding of the main
                            impact on                                                   features of relevant environmental
                            workplace            Award and enterprise agreements,       legislation and their amendments
                            environmental        relevant environmental legislation     including:
                            practices are        from all levels of government,          National Parks and Wildlife
                            recognised and       Australian standards, international         Amendment Act 2001 (NSW) –
                            followed.            agreements and relevant industry            this act amends the National
                                                 Codes of Practice.                          Parks and Wildlife Act 1974


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                                                                                                 HSC Requirements and                Revision Notes and Examples
    Element            Performance Criteria               Range of Variables
                                                                                                       Advice
                                                                                                  (NSW)
                                                       What environmental issues are
                                                                                                 National Parks and Wildlife
                                                       included in this competency
                                                                                                  Regulation 2002 (NSW)
                                                       standard?
                                                                                                 Protection of the Environment
                                                       Sustainability, reduction and              Operations Act 1997 (NSW)
                                                       disposal of waste, water quality,         Threatened Species Conservation
                                                       energy efficiency, biodiversity            Amendment Act 2002 (NSW) –
                                                       and habitat protection,                    this act amends the Threatened
                                                       conservation of natural resources,         Species Conservation Act 1995
                                                       air quality, land contamination,           (NSW)
                                                       noise, soil and salinity                  Water Management Act 2000
                                                       management and fire                        (NSW).
                                                       management.
                                                                                             An awareness of the
                                                                                             roles/responsibilities of the
                                                                                             Environment Protection Authority
                                                                                             (EPA).


2   Contribute to      2.1       Suggestions are       What suggestions may be               Learning experiences for the HSC
    improved                     made to designated    included?                             must address:
    environmental                personnel for
    work practices               improvements to       Ideas to minimise hazards and         Strategies for improved workplace
                                 workplace practices   risks, reduce waste, make more        practices that impact on the
                                 where possible.       efficient use of resources and        environment including:
                                                       improve environmental                     waste reduction
                                                       performance, reduce soil                  hazard minimisation
                                                       disturbance and improve habitat           resource efficiency
                                                       resources.                                recycling
                                                       Who are designated personnel in           habitat protection.
                                                       a workplace?
                                                       Managers, supervisors, and
                                                       people who are responsible for
                                                       work area or who may be
                                                       assigned to act as a mentor/trainer
                                                       to a person
                                                       under instruction.


                       2.2       Information is        What workplace approaches to          Learning experiences for the HSC
                                 gathered and          environmental practices may be        must address:
                                 improvements are      relevant to this competency
                                 suggested to          standard?                             Sources of information in relation to
                                 support the                                                 environmental issues including:
                                 development of        Preventing and minimising the             journals/magazines/trade

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                                                                                            HSC Requirements and              Revision Notes and Examples
Element           Performance Criteria                Range of Variables
                                                                                                  Advice
                            improved               production of pollution (e.g.,            publications
                            workplace              discharges to air, land and water,       newspapers
                            approaches to                                                   legislation
                                                   hazardous waste, reducing
                            environmental
                                                   'burning off', composting,               the internet
                            practices.
                                                   recycling materials, conservation        workplace policies, procedures
                                                   practices), and improving                 and manuals
                                                   workplace maintenance practices          relevant government and non-
                                                   (e.g., using a broom instead of a         government agencies, including
                                                   hose, using environment-friendly          - Environment Protection
                                                   cleaning agents)                               Authority (EPA)
                                                                                             - NSW Agriculture
                                                                                             - NSW Department of
                                                                                                  Sustainable Natural
                                                                                                  Resources
                                                                                             - Australian Conservation
                                                                                                  Foundation
                                                                                             - Wilderness Society
                                                                                             - Department of Agriculture,
                                                                                                  Fisheries and Forestry
                                                                                             - National Parks and Wildlife
                                                                                             - Landcare Australia/NSW.


                  2.3       Environmental          What environmental issues are        Learning experiences for the HSC
                            issues and their       included in this competency          must address:
                            relationship to        standard?
                            workplace practices                                         A basic awareness of current
                            are discussed in the   Sustainability, reduction and        environmental issues including:
                            workplace with         disposal of waste, water quality,        sustainability
                            colleagues and         energy efficiency, biodiversity          biodiversity
                            designated             and habitat protection,                  waste management
                            personnel.             conservation of natural resources,       energy usage/efficiency
                                                   air quality, land contamination,         dryland salinity
                                                   noise, soil and salinity                 water resource management
                                                   management and fire                      fire management
                                                   management.
                                                                                            conservation
                                                   What workplace approaches to             natural resource management
                                                   environmental practices may be           recycling.
                                                   relevant to this competency
                                                   standard?                            Workplace/enterprise
                                                                                        communications/information sharing
                                                   Preventing and minimising the
                                                                                        techniques including:
                                                   production of pollution (e.g.,
                                                                                            the intranet
                                                   discharges to air, land and water,
                                                   hazardous waste, reducing                formal meetings

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                                                                                                 HSC Requirements and           Revision Notes and Examples
    Element            Performance Criteria                Range of Variables
                                                                                                       Advice
                                                        'burning off', composting,               informal discussions
                                                        recycling materials, conservation        email
                                                        practices), and improving                newsletters.
                                                        workplace maintenance practices
                                                        (e.g., using a broom instead of a
                                                        hose, using environment-friendly
                                                        cleaning agents)
                       2.4       Contributions to the   What may be listed under
                                 review of              environmental policies?
                                 environmental
                                                        Waste minimisation and
                                 practices and
                                 policies are made      management, sustainability, local,
                                 within limits of       regional, state and national
                                 responsibility.        strategies on weed and pest
                                                        management, protection of land
                                                        and habitat and conservation of
                                                        resources, energy use, greenhouse
                                                        gas emissions, use of chemicals
                                                        and plant and equipment.


3   Recognise and      3.1       Signs or               What may be listed as signs or       Learning experiences for the HSC
    report on a                  symptoms of the        symptoms of a potential              must address:
    potential                    potential              environmental threat?
                                 environmental                                               Signs/symptoms of a potential
    environmental
                                 threat are             Observation of the presence of       environmental threat including:
    threat
                                 recognised.            weeds, pest animals or chemicals;        land clearing
                                                        damage caused to plants, animals         weeds
                                                        or the environment, changes in           pests
                                                        plant (e.g., dieback of trees) and       water quality
                                                        animal health, erosion of soils,         soil erosion
                                                        soils in water suspension, and           salinity
                                                        presence of salt.                        loss of natural habitat
                                                        What environmental threats and           species loss
                                                        hazards may be included in this          plant health
                                                        competency standard?                     plant density
                                                                                                 animal and plant death
                                                        These could include spills, leaks,
                                                        pollution, planned and unplanned         air quality
                                                        emissions, soil compaction,              algal blooms.
                                                        disturbance and erosion, accidents
                                                        and disposal of waste, and
                                                        damage or disruption to
                                                        ecosystems resulting from work
                                                        practices. Also includes plants,

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                                                                                                HSC Requirements and              Revision Notes and Examples
    Element            Performance Criteria                Range of Variables
                                                                                                      Advice
                                                        animals or diseases that are
                                                        classified as an environmental
                                                        threat or problem in an area,
                                                        unauthorised changes in land use,
                                                        fire risks and threats, and
                                                        inappropriate human interaction
                                                        on the environment. This may
                                                        include damage to habitat
                                                        resources, disruption of animal
                                                        behaviour and territorial use,
                                                        illegal vegetation clearance, seed
                                                        collection, firewood gathering,
                                                        nest disturbance and egg
                                                        collecting.


                       3.2       Information about      How may a report be made?             Learning experiences for the HSC
                                 or observations of a                                         must address:
                                 potential              Verbally (face-to-face or through
                                 environmental          communication equipment) and in       Verbal and written reports.
                                 threat are reported    writing (notes, faxes, email or
                                 to supervisors         electronic messages).
                                 and/or appropriate
                                 authorities.


                       3.3       Location and extent    What environmental records            Learning experiences for the HSC
                                 of the potential       may be included?                      must address:
                                 environmental
                                 threat is accurately   Environmental data, maintenance       Environmental records including:
                                 recorded.              and inspection reports, incident or      incident and accident reports
                                                        accident reports, and complaints         inspection reports.
                                                        from the public.

                       3.4       Reports on the
                                 potential
                                 environmental
                                 threat are
                                 completed
                                 according to
                                 enterprise
                                 guidelines.


4   Maintain           4.1       Environmental                                                Learning experiences for the HSC
    environmental                records are                                                  must address:

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                                                                                HSC Requirements and               Revision Notes and Examples
Element            Performance Criteria               Range of Variables
                                                                                      Advice
records                      accurately prepared                              Environmental data including:
                             as required                                         monitoring data
                             according to                                        graphs
                             enterprise policies                                 photographs
                             and procedures.                                     site assessments.


                   4.2       Environmental                                    Learning experiences for the HSC
                             records are stored                               must address:
                             securely in a form
                             accessible for                                   Record storage issues/strategies
                             reporting purposes.                              including:
                                                                                  protection from fire
                                                                                  storage media (paper and
                                                                                   electronic)
                                                                                  copies stored in a different
                                                                                   location
                                                                                  access and retrieval
                                                                                  data security.




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What processes should be applied to this competency standard?
There are a number of processes that are learnt throughout work and life, which are required in all jobs. They are fundamental processes and generally transferable to other work functions. Some
of these are covered by the key competencies, although others may be added. The questions below highlight how these processes are applied in this competency standard. Following each
question a number in brackets indicates the level to which the key competency needs to be demonstrated where
0 = not required           1 = perform the process            2 = perform and administer the process            3 = perform, administer and design the process

1.   How can communication of ideas and information (1) be applied?                Verbally with supervisor and others on environmental work practices and potential hazards and risks.

2.   How can information be collected, analysed and organised (1)?                 Through maintaining and analysing environmental records.

3.   How are activities planned and organised (1)?                                 According to enterprise environmental and work place practices and policies.

4.   How can team work (1) be applied?                                             Through working with others to follow and improve environmental practices.

                                                                                   Through quantification (eg, counting, estimating areas) of environmental hazards or problems and through
5.   How can the use of mathematical ideas and techniques (1) be applied?
                                                                                   collection of data.

                                                                                   Through recognition of and responses to environment hazards and risks, and determining ways that work
6.   How can problem-solving skills (1) be applied?
                                                                                   practices can be more environmentally friendly.

                                                                                   Technology may be required to record information, deal with environmental hazards, and improve work
7.   How can the use of technology (1) be applied?
                                                                                   practices to be more environmentally friendly.




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