This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of laboratory operations across all industry sectors and is the entry level required for laboratory personnel across all industry sectors. Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include laboratory technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel. Karen is a Laboratory technician and performs straightforward laboratory work. She follows set procedures and recipes, and applies well developed technical skills and basic scientific knowledge. Karen works inside a laboratory but also performs technical tasks in the field or within production plants within her company. She also performs a range of laboratory maintenance and office tasks. The majority of her work involves a predictable flow of parallel or similar tasks within one scientific discipline. Karen: -performs straightforward technical tasks to prepare and test samples using relevant procedures, Australian Standards and readily available advice. These tasks generally require close attention to detail and to the accuracy and precision of measurements. They may require the use of manual or semi-automated techniques -operates test equipment and instruments and makes limited adjustments to their controls, processes and records data and recognises trends and out of control conditions -solves predictable problems using clear information or known solutions. Where alternatives exist, they are limited and apparent -works under close and regular supervision, although she has autonomy for specific tasks and responsibility for her own outputs -makes decisions within defined limits of responsibility -works as part of a team.

MSL913001 Communicate with other people

Jeremy has the ability to receive and pass on written and oral messages, provide relevant information in response to requests within timelines and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

MSL913002 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

Jeremy has the ability to plan and complete tasks individually or in a team context. The tasks involve established routines and procedures using allocated resources with access to readily available guidelines and advice. He modifies work plans with supervisor agreement to suit changing conditions and priorities.

MSL922001 Record and present data

Jeremy has the ability to record and store data, perform simple calculations of scientific quantities and present information in tables and graphs. The unit of competency requires personnel to solve predictable problems using clear information or known solutions. Where alternatives exist, they are limited or apparent.

MSL933001 Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

Jeremy carries out the general cleaning of work surfaces, cleaning and storage of equipment and the monitoring of laboratory stocks under direct supervision.

MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives

Jeremy carries out the development of a working knowledge of quality principles and their application in laboratory/field work.

MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

Jeremy carries out the exercise of good laboratory practice (GLP) and effective participation in quality improvement teams. Personnel are required to ensure the quality and integrity of their own work, detect non-conformances and work with others to suggest improvements in productivity and quality.

MSL943002 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety

Jeremy has the ability to follow workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures, deal with the identification and control of hazards, work safely at all times, follow emergency response procedures and contribute to the maintenance of workplace safety.

MSL944001 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety

Jeremy has the ability to monitor and maintain work health and safety (WHS) and environmental programs within a work area where the person has supervisory responsibility for others.

MSL973002 Prepare working solutions

Jeremy has the ability to prepare working solutions and to check that existing stocks of solutions are suitable for use. Working solutions include those required to perform laboratory tests. Personnel are required to calculate quantities and make dilutions.

MSL973003 Prepare culture media

Jeremy has the ability to prepare culture media which is free of contamination to facilitate optimal growth of organisms and cells. It includes the ability to organise the materials, equipment and work environment and follow standard methods. He prepares media from formulated powders obtained from microbiological companies or by first principles under supervision of a technical officer or scientist.

MSL973004 Perform aseptic techniques

Jeremy has the ability to perform aseptic techniques to maintain the integrity of both the sample source and the sample. It applies to sampling techniques in tissue culture and to generic microbiological procedures.

MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination

Jeremy has the ability to set up a light microscope for optimum resolution, to prepare routine samples and to observe, identify and report sample characteristics.

MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Jeremy can effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements including those reducing negative environmental impacts of work practices.