Course Title: Occupational Hazards and Control 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Occupational Hazards and Control 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Leo Ruschena

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99251982

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.9

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge is similar to that acquired in PUBH1361 and ENVI1020, WHS Legal Systems.

Requires basic understanding of OHS law, risk management, and basic level skill to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories,.and communicate these.

Course Description

This course provides you with an in-depth understanding of physical and chemical hazards found in the workplace and how they cause injury, ill health or fatalities.

You will use the risk management and professional practice models to recognise chemical and physical hazards, evaluate risk for fatality, injury or ill health arising from these, develop and implement appropriate risk controls and assess their effectiveness, while communicating with stakeholders.

You will use instrumentation to measure workplace contaminants and hazards

Safe systems of work and legal requirements related to these hazards are explored

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will contribute to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1 You will demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the OHS Body of Knowledge allowing you to reflect critically on OHS theory and professional practice.

1.2 You will demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods for the maintenance and expansion of your knowledge base

2.1 You will have skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories.

2.2 You will have skills to generate OHS solutions and evaluate their effectiveness.

3.1 You will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice.

4.1 You will have communication and research skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.


On completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Manage chemical and physical hazards in the workplace by using a systematic approach to their identification, risk evaluation and control
  2. Apply knowledge of legislation, standards and codes relevant to chemical and physical hazards in day-to-day activities
  3. Collect, analyse and use relevant literature and workplace data on hazards in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints
  4. Develop, implement, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of hazard prevention programs for the workplace
  5. Consult and communicate in a manner which recognises and makes appropriate use of the industrial framework and social context of the workplace
  6. Utilise practical knowledge and measurement and analytical skills to investigate and develop controls or solutions for chemical and physical hazards within an organisation



Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be set out in face to face lectures and suggested readings. Case studies on selected topics will build your capacity to think critically and analytically. You will have to write reports and give presentations which will develop your communications skills. 

You will be required to attend a laboratory class to develop skills in the practical use of monitoring instrumentation. 

You will receive feedback on your academic progress during discussion and when assignments are returned. 

Module details are:

  • Chemical safety fundamentals
  • Risk assessing workplace contaminants
  • Controlling workplace chemicals
  • Case studies of hazardous chemicals
  • Fire Safety and Emergency management
  • Noise hazards
  • Thermal environment
  • Non-Ionising radiation
  • Electrical safety
  • Mechanical plant safety
  • Construction safety – Working at heights and confined spaces 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Total Study Hours

144 (lectures, tutorials, practicals, assessments, research, private study)


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be directed to a range of texts, journal articles and other web based material that provide a current understanding of the knowledge in this area. 

Lectures and other materials will be available on myRMIT (Blackboard).

Overview of Assessment

.Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). 

Assessment is at AQF9 level.

1. Practical demonstration and analytical reports (15%) –covers Course Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,6

2. Written assignment and individual presentation covering the detailed analysis of a significant hazard in an organisation (25%)– covers Course Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6

3. Research and written report on chemicals in a case study (25%)– covers Course Learning Outcomes 3,5

4. Group work analysis of a chemical safety scenario with written report and presentation (35%) – covers Course Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures