HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

  1. When working as an Enrolled Nurse, it is essential to understand the State/Territory legislation underpinning workplace health and safety. You must also analyze how it impacts workplace regulations, codes of practice and industry standards.
    • Identify the workplace health and safety legislation applicable to your State/Territory and describe the key objectives of the identified Act that is relevant to your nursing practice (in 50-70 words).
    • Identify the workplace health and safety regulations applicable to your State/Territory. Briefly describe the impact of the WHS Act on the identified regulations (in 50-70 words)
    • Describe the impact of the identified WHS Act on the Code of Practice – Work Health and Safety Consultation, Cooperation, and Coordination (in 50-70 words).
    • Describe the scope and objective of the aNational Standard for Manual Tasksa (in 30-40 words).
    • Identify the WHS authority relevant to your State/Territory and describe how they assist the organizations in complying with the WHS Act (in 50-70 words).
  2. Employees (workers) and employers have WHS rights, responsibilities, and specific duties of care.
    • Identify two (2) rights of employees in a healthcare setting
    • Identify two (2) responsibilities of employees (employeesa duty of care) in a healthcare setting.
    • Identify two (2) rights of the employer in a healthcare settinng
    • Identify two (2) responsibilities of the employer (employeras duty of care) in a healthcare setting.
  3. Sometimes tasks you may perform in the workplace are hazardous and may cause several health issues
    • Define hazardous manual tasks.
    • Provide three (3) examples of hazardous manual tasks.
    • Describe the impact of the WHS Act relevant to your State/Territory on the Code of Practice – Hazardous Manual Tasks (in 50-70 words).
  4. From the following pool of safety symbols, identify the most appropriate symbol for poisons, emergency equipment, personal protective equipment, sharps, and radiation and describe their meanings.                                                                                                                   Safety symbols                                      Identify the symbol and describe the meaning


5 Every workplace may have health and safety hazards that need to be appropriately monitored and controlled.

    • 5.1: Define a workplace hazard.
    • 5.2: Describe two (2) common personal safety risks associated with nursing practice (in 50-70 words).
    • 5.3: Briefly describe the strategies you could implement in minimizing the identified personal safety risks (in 30-40 words).
    • 5.4: Research and describe two (2) workplace procedures for hazard identification in a healthcare setting (in 50-70 words).

6. You must understand the safety considerations when working as an Enrolled Nurse in a home-based environment.

  • 6.1: Identify two (2) rights and two (2) responsibilities of workers when working in a home-based environment.
  • 6.2Identify two (2) rights and two (2) responsibilities of clients when the care provision is organized in a home-based environment.
  • 6.3: Identify three (3) high-risk client groups susceptible to fire injury and fatalities in a home-based environment. Provide an example of the contributing behaviors for each high-risk group.
  • 6.4: Describe the ideal locations for placing smoke alarms in a home-based environment.
  • 6.5: Who should you liaise with to install a main powered smoke alarm?
  • 6.6:  Identify and describe three (3) key smoke alarm maintenance routines you must follow to provide effective protection.
  • 6.7: Identify two (2) risks to personal safety when working in a home-based environment and describe the strategies you should implement to minimize identified risks.
  • 6.8:  Identify two (2) common sources of infection in a home-based environment and describe means to minimize the transfer of infectious diseases.
  • 6.9: What are the risks associated with showering or bathing a person in their own home? (Hint: common physical injuries and causative factors).
  • 6.10: Describe three (3) practices you could implement to minimize injury to self and clients in relation to the above-identified physical injuries.

7 Your workplace implemented the following systems and processes and introduced a new medication dispensing cabinet the previous week. Identify two (2) ways to maintain currency of safe work practices regarding each of the following workplace systems, equipment, and processes.

  • 7.1: OmnicellA(R) G4 Unity automated dispensing cabinet
  • 7.2: Hazard identification procedure (amended)
  • 7.3: Clinical records management system

8. It is essential to reflect on your stress and fatigue levels to ensure that you are safe to work in a clinical environment in relation to your mental and emotional stability.

  • 8.1: Provide three (3) examples of questions you could use for self-reflection related to your stress and fatigue levels.
  • 8.2: To whom would you report any issues in relation to workplace stress and fatigue?

9. Give three (3) examples of standard precautions that you can implement as part of your daily work routine to prevent the spread of infection.

10. Give an example of when you would use the following types of manual handling equipment:

a. Client hoists
b. Standing lifters
c. Slide sheets