Competencies covered

Competency: CHCEDS017 Contribute to the health and safety of students.

Element: 1. Maintain a safe environment

1.1 Recognise routine job-related hazards while under direct supervision
1.2 Follow procedures and instructions for dealing with hazards, within the scope of responsibilities and competencies
1.3 Provide guidance and support to students on the safe use and care of equipment and resources
1.4 Maintain classroom displays according to work safety regulations and school/centre procedures and guidelines
1.5 Support student protection programs including stranger danger, safe houses and circle concept as appropriate
1.6 Report to appropriate personnel when hazards arise in accordance with school/centre procedures
1.7 Take appropriate steps, if required, to maintain personal safety of self and others

Element: 2. Maintain a hygienic and healthy environment

2.1 Maintain the classroom/centre in a clean and tidy condition
2.2 Respond appropriately to student/s who require assistance with personal care or hygiene
2.3 Clean soiled student clothing and areas as required
2.4 Provide assistance with the general care and wellbeing of students, including attending to students with minor illnesses
2.5 Assist students in need of minor first aid in accordance with school or centre procedures

Element: 3. Supervise students in conjunction with teacher

3.1 Undertake supervision of students according to teacher direction and school/centre policy and procedures
3.2 Supervise students that are out of the room according to teacher direction and school/centre policy and procedures

Element: 4. Deal with emergency situations

4.1 Contribute to planning for emergency and potential emergency situations
4.2 Recognise emergency and potential emergency situations promptly and take required actions within the scope of individual responsibility
4.3 Follow emergency procedures correctly in accordance with school/centre procedures
4.4 Seek assistance promptly from colleagues and/or other authorities where appropriate
4.5 Report details of emergency situations accurately in accordance with school/centre policy, including accurate completion of accident and incident report forms

Element: 5. Support the health and wellbeing of students

5.1 Identify health issues in the student community and their causes
5.2 Identify the impact that health issues have on student’s learning
5.3 Assist in the provision of health promotion programs
5.4 Ensure confidentiality of student health information
5.5 Use professional language when liaising with health professionals and families as required under the guidance of the teacher

Unit Description

This unit describes skills and knowledge required for teacher assistants to contribute effectively to the health and safety of students. The education support worker implements workplace health and safety instructions and procedures within his or her scope of responsibility and according to direction.

This unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and the work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.


Current curriculum documents.
Industrial awards and duty statements as they apply to own role.
Potential hazards and risks for students and ways of minimising risk.
Safe working practices as applies to the role.
Structure of the education system.
Emergency procedures and own role in the event of an emergency.

Unit offerings

Face to face: (Demand based)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.