Questions and marking scheme

Before you begin

Applicants that don't refer to the marking scheme for every question are more likely to be unsuccessful.

  1. Word limit is now 700 words per question
  2. Read the Command word appendix before you begin
  3. Read the Evidence appendix before submitting evidence
  4. Understand how bonus marks work.

You can download a full list of questions and marking scheme using the link below.

Question 1

Describe the nature and scope of the main operation activities carried out at the site. (Information should include the main function of site, number of employees, any use of contractors and relationship to other organisational sites if appropriate).

This question is not marked but is mandatory as the response is essential for the adjudicators to understand the context and background of scored questions 3-12.

Question 2

What are considered to be the most significant issues at the site in relation to the following (Please provide at least one example of each)

  • Occupational health hazards
  • Occupational safety hazards
  • Wellbeing concerns

This question is not marked but is mandatory as the response is essential for the adjudicators to understand the context and background of scored questions 3-12.

Question 3

Explain* how control measures implemented for one of the significant health, safety and/or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2 are monitored for effectiveness. Use specific examples to illustrate.

*Refer to the command word appendix

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety and/or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2.

A very good explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety and/or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2.

A satisfactory explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety and/or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2. A limited explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety and/or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2. A weak explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety and/or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2.  Question unanswered or no hazard identified from Q2.
Response includes detailed reference of specific hazard monitoring. Response includes some reference to specific hazard monitoring.  Response includes limited reference to specific hazard monitoring.  No reference included.  No reference included.  

Question 4

Describe how the organisation identified OH&S training and competency needs which are reflective of role requirements and any legislative duties?

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of the methodology used to identify OH&S training and competency requirements which are aligned to relevant roles and legal requirements A very good description of the methodology used to identify OH&S training and competency requirements which are aligned to relevant roles and legal requirements  A satisfactory description of the methodology used to identify OH&S training and competency requirements which are aligned to relevant roles and legal requirements  A limited description of the methodology used to identify OH&S training and competency requirements which are aligned to relevant roles and legal requirements  A weak description of the methodology used to identify OH&S training and competency requirements which are aligned to relevant roles and legal requirements  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes specific examples (more than one) of methods used to identify competency requirements Response includes a specific example of a method used to identify competency requirements  Response includes limited reference to methods used to identify competency requirements  No reference to actual methods used included  No reference to actual methods used included  

 

Question 5a

Explain how non-managerial workers participate in incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive explanation of how non-managerial workers participate in incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations A very good explanation of how non-managerial workers participate in incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations  A satisfactory explanation of how non-managerial workers participate in incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations  A limited explanation of how non-managerial workers participate in incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations  A weak description of how non-managerial workers participate in incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.

 

Question 5b

Submit supportive evidence(for example: investigation procedure, report)

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.

Question 6a

Explain* how the content of risk assessments are effectively communicated to relevant parties/stakeholders. Include specific examples.

*Refer to the command word appendix

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive explanation of how the content of risk assessments are effectively communicated to relevant parties/stakeholders A very good explanation of how the content of risk assessments are effectively communicated to relevant parties/stakeholders  A satisfactory explanation of how the content of risk assessments are effectively communicated to relevant parties/stakeholders  A limited explanation of how the content of risk assessments are effectively communicated to relevant parties/stakeholders  A weak explanation of how the content of risk assessments are effectively communicated to relevant parties/stakeholders  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples of effective communication Response includes an example of effective communication  Response includes an example of how the impact of changes are assessed.  No examples included.  No examples included.  

 

Question 6b

Submit supportive evidence (for example: risk assessment training, team meeting minutes etc).

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.

Question 7a

Describe* how progress on achieving health and safety objectives for the site is monitored and reported. Include specific examples.

*Refer to the command word appendix

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how progress on achieving health and safety objectives for the site is monitored and reported A very good description of how progress on achieving health and safety objectives for the site is monitored and reported  A satisfactory description of how progress on achieving health and safety objectives for the site is monitored and reported  A limited description of how progress on achieving health and safety objectives for the site is monitored and reported  A weak description of how progress on achieving health and safety objectives for the site is monitored and reported  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of monitoring methods Response includes an example of a monitoring method Response includes an example of a monitoring method Response does not include any example of a monitoring method Response does not include any example of a monitoring method  

 

Question 7b

Submit supportive evidence (for example: audit report, management meeting minutes).

1 bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded.  Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.

Question 8

Describe* how top/senior management are demonstrably involved in the continual improvement of the OHSMS. Include specific examples.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how top/senior management are demonstrably involved in the continual improvement of the OHSMS A very good description of how top/senior management are demonstrably involved in the continual improvement of the OHSMS A satisfactory description of how top/senior management are demonstrably involved in the continual improvement of the OHSMS A limited description of how top/senior management are demonstrably involved in the continual improvement of the OHSMS A weak description of how top/senior management are demonstrably involved in the continual improvement of the OHSMS Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples of top/senior management involvement Response includes an example of top/senior management involvement
 Response includes an
example of top/senior management involvement
 No examples included.  No examples included.  

 *Refer to the command word appendix

Question 9

Describe* how the mental health and wellbeing of workers is monitored. Include specific examples.

*Refer to the command word appendix

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how the mental health and wellbeing of workers is monitored A very good description of how the mental health and wellbeing of workers is monitored A satisfactory description of how the mental health and wellbeing of workers is monitored limited description of how the mental health and wellbeing of workers is monitored A weak
description of how the mental health and wellbeing of workers is monitored
Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples to illustrate the monitoring process. Response includes an example to illustrate the process.
 Response includes an example to illustrate the process.
 No examples included.  No examples included.  

Question 10a

Explain how relevant stakeholders participate in the management of change process

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how relevant stakeholders participate in the management of change process A very good description of how relevant stakeholders participate in the management of change process A satisfactory description of how relevant stakeholders participate in the management of change process limited description of how relevant stakeholders participate in the management of change process A weak
description of how relevant stakeholders participate in the management of change process
Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples of stakeholder participation Response includes an example of  stakeholder participation  Response includes an example of stakeholder participation  No example included.  No example included.  

Question 10b

Submit supportive evidence (for example: risk assessment, training records).

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.

Question 11

Explain how the effectiveness of arrangements for emergency evacuation of persons with specific needs is ensured

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how the effectiveness of arrangements for emergency evacuation of persons with specific needs is ensured A very good description of how the effectiveness of arrangements for emergency evacuation of persons with specific needs is ensured A satisfactory description of how the effectiveness of arrangements for emergency evacuation of persons with specific needs is ensured A limited description of how the effectiveness of arrangements for emergency evacuation of persons with specific needs is ensured A weak description of how the effectiveness of arrangements for emergency evacuation of persons with specific needs is ensured Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples which demonstrate the effective monitoring of evacuation arrangements for persons with specific needs Response includes an
example which demonstrates the effective monitoring of evacuation arrangements for persons with specific needs
Response includes an example which demonstrates the effective monitoring of evacuation arrangements for persons with specific needs  No example included.  No example included.  

 

Question 12a

Explain how the health and safety performance of potential contractors is reviewed as part of the appointment process

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive explanation of how the health and safety performance of potential contractors is reviewed as part of the appointment process A very good explanation of how the health and safety performance of potential contractors is reviewed as part of the appointment process A satisfactory explanation of how the health and safety performance of potential contractors is reviewed as part of the appointment process A limited explanation of how the health and safety performance of potential contractors is reviewed as part of the appointment process A weak explanation of how the health and safety performance of potential contractors is reviewed as part of the appointment process Question unanswered or no relevant process/examples provided.
Response includes a range of measures used to review potential contractors health and safety performance Response some (1-2) measures used to review potential contractors health and safety performance  Response includes an example of a measure used to review potential contractors health and safety performance  No example included.  No example included.  

 

Question 12b

Submit supportive evidence (for example: approval pro-forma; appointment procedure).

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.