MSAENV272B Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices   Home
Nominal Hours: 20 | 9154 Dip and 9163 Adv Dip: Compulsory (Group 1) | Competency Based.      Updated TL: Feb, 2011

Assessment Tasks
Participate in Enviro Sustain Practices
Task Description and Link to Notes Exercises Assessment
(Tester  ID)
Due Week  Workload
1 Environmental Issues
  - 25 Y
2 Resource Use Analysis
  - 25 Y
3 Environmental Compliance
  - 25 Y
4 Improving Environmental Practice     - 25 Y
- TOTAL - - - 100 -

Prerequisites (none)
This competency covers the outcomes required to effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements including those reducing negative environmental impacts of work practices.


Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria



1.   Identify current resource use and environmental issues.

1.1.            Identify workplace environmental and resource efficiency issues.
1.2.            Identify resources used in own work role.
1.3.            Measure and record current usage of resources using appropriate techniques.
1.4.            Identify and report workplace environmental hazards to appropriate personnel.

2.   Comply with environmental regulations.

2.1.            Follow procedures to ensure compliance.
2.2.            Report environmental incidents to appropriate personnel.

3.   Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.

3.1.            Follow enterprise plans to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency.
3.2.            Make suggestions for improvements to workplace practices in own work area.


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills

Required skills include the ability to:

  • Report as required by procedures
  • Follow procedures and instructions and respond to change
  • Ask questions and seek clarifications relating to work requirements
  • Reading and writing is required in order to interpretrequired procedures and complete required workplace forms/reports.
  • Numeracy is required to interpret numeric workplace information, readings and measurements, handle data as required and complete numeric components of workplace forms/reports.

Required knowledge

Competency includes sufficient knowledge to:

  • Have a basic understanding of sustainability
  • Know the environmental hazards/risks, resource use and inefficiencies associated with own workplace (at an appropriate level)
  • Know the relevant environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures for own work area
  • Know the impact of laws and regulations to a level relevant to the work context



The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.


All operations are performed in accordance with procedures including all relevant workplace procedures, work instructions, temporary instructions and relevant industry and government codes and standards.

Environmental and resource efficiency issues

Environmental and resource efficiency issues include minimisation of environmental risks and maximisation of opportunities to improve business environmental performance and to promote more efficient production and consumption of natural resources, for example by:

  • minimisation of waste, through implementation of the waste management hierarchy
  • efficient and effective use of energy and other resources
  • seeking alternative sources of energy
  • efficient use of materials and appropriate disposal of waste
  • use of controls to minimise the risk of environmental damage from hazardous substances
  • efficient water use
  • reducing emissions
  • life cycle analysis applied to issues such as energy supply, materials, transport, production


Measure should be interpreted in a manner consistent with the scope of the job and may include things like:

  • counting the number of items entering/leaving a work area
  • reading indicators in the work area
  • obtaining relevant information from support personnel
  • other simple means

Appropriate techniques

Appropriate techniques include:

  • material fed to/consumed by plant/equipment
  • plant meters and gauges
  • job cards including kanbans
  • examination of invoices from suppliers
  • measurements made under different conditions
  • examination of relevant information and data.


Compliance includes meeting relevant federal, state and local government laws, by-laws, regulations and mandated codes of practice. It also includes any codes and standards that the enterprise applies voluntarily.


Incidents include:

  • breaches or potential breaches of regulations
  • occurrences outside of standard procedure which may lead to lower environmental performance.

Enterprise plans

Enterprise plans include:

  • documented policies and procedures
  • work plans to minimise waste, increase efficiency of water/energy use, minimise
  • environmental hazards


Suggestions include ideas that help to:

  • prevent and minimise environmental risks and maximise opportunities
  • reduce emissions of greenhouse gases
  • reduce use of non-renewable resources
  • improve energy efficiency
  • increase use of renewable, recyclable, reusable and recoverable resources
  • reduce waste
  • increasing the reusability/recyclability of wastes/products
  • reduce water usage and/or water wastage.


Teaching and Learning Resources 

TAFE library catalogue is available online: TAFE NSW Library Network Catalogue

Useful reference materials/learning resources are:

MEM05 TAFE NSW Unit Resource Manual for this unit of competency.
Resource Distribution Centre,
Unit 3/61-71 Rookwood Rd,
Yagoona NSW 2199
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