Course Title: Carry out WHS requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5825C

Course Title: Carry out WHS requirements

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3307 - Certificate III in Plumbing

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Warren James
Tel: +61 3 9925 4632

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out work health and safety (WHS) requirements through safe work practices in a plumbing and services work environment.
The unit requires the performance of work in a safe manner through awareness of risks, work requirements and the planning and performance of safe work practices with concern for personal safety and the safety of others.
It includes the initial response to workplace emergencies; the safe use of electricity; the identification of hazardous materials, including asbestos; and compliance with legislated work safety practices.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements


1 Participate in workplace induction

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Workplace induction is received.

1.2 Location of emergency equipment is identified.

1.3. Current workplace emergency and evacuation procedures are identified.

1.4 Identify safe working conditions with employer.

1.5 Identify employee and employer rights and responsibilities regarding safe working conditions.


2. Assess risks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Hazards in the work area are identified, assessed and reported to designated personnel.

2.2 WHS issues and risks in the work area are identified, assessed and reported to designated personnel.

2.3 Safe work practices, procedures and instructions are followed.

2.4 WHS, hazard, accident or incident reports are completed according to workplace procedures and statutory and regulatory authorities and legislation.


3. Identify hazards and hazardous materials on work site

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Hazardous materials on a work site are identified, secured and tagged using appropriate signs and symbols; and if appropriate, handled and used according to company and legislated procedures.

3.2  Measures for controlling risks and construction hazards are applied effectively and immediately.

3.3 Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are identified on a work site and reported to designated personnel.


4. Plan and prepare for safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Quality assurance requirements of company operations and safe work practices are identified and adhered to.

4.2 Personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, correctly fitted and used according to the requirements of the job.

4.3 Personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, correctly fitted and used according to the requirements of the job.

4.4 Required barricades, hoardings and signage are determined and erected at job location.

4.5 Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are identified and applied.

4.6 Sustainability principles and concepts are observed when preparing for and undertaking work process


5. Use safe work practices to carry out work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Work is carried out safely and according to state or territory statutory requirements and company policy.

5.2 Safety hazards and common workplace accidents and incidents are identified in the course of work and reported according to policy.

5.3 Industry, site and personal safety rights and responsibilities are applied.

5.4 Prohibited tools and equipment in areas with identified asbestos are identified and isolated.

5.5 Firefighting equipment is selected and used according to type of fire and correct operating procedures.

5.6 Current site emergency and first aid procedures are followed.




6. Maintain safety of self and others

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Safety signs, identified in terms of colour and shape, symbols and alarms, are adhered to.

6.2 Hazardous chemicals and materials are identified, handled and stored, maintaining the safety to self, others and the environment.

6.3 Incidents are reported according to legislative requirements and workplace procedures.

6.4 Common causes of accidents in the industry are identified and prevention measures implemented in line with site induction

6.5 Site area is maintained to prevent incidents and accidents and protect self and others.


7. Use electricity safely.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Safest supply and route for electrical supply are determined.

7.2 Leads are supported and placed according to regulations.

7.3 Power board visual check is conducted

7.4 Leads and equipment are checked for tags and visual damage.

7.5 Electrical hazards are identified and reported.


8. Apply emergency response

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Emergencies are identified.

8.2 Emergency response is provided according to company procedures and requirements.

8.3 Details of actions taken are reported according to company procedures and requirements using appropriate communications


9. Clean up work site area

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled according to legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specifications

9.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored according to manufacturer recommendations and standard work practices.

9.3 Information is accessed and documentation completed according to workplace requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include in class workbook activities and researching industry practices and standards.
This may include online learning activities.

Teaching Schedule


Session NumberTopic                                                                 Learning Activities/Resources         Elements/  Performance               criteria    Assessments                          
Session 1 1.Safe Manual Handling
2. Workplace Housekeeping
3. Personal Protection Equipment
4. Hazardous Substances - Fundamentals
5. Material Safety Data Sheets
6. Electrical safety
7. Locate emergency equipment
8. Identify hazards
9. Work safely
10.Report on WHS issues
11. Safety signs
12. Portable fire Extinguishers
 Basic Pearson’s 2nd edition Chapter 1 – complete worksheets 1-8
Show DVD’s from Safety care Australia


 1.1-9.3 Assessment 1 - Basic Pearson’s 2nd edition Chapter 1 – complete worksheets 1-8 (to be completed by end of block)

Assessment 2 - Test on underpinning skills and knowledge. (to be completed by end of block)

Assessment 3 – completing SWMS (to be completed by end of block)

This unit is delivered over 1 session

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks. Class notes (workbook) will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.


1. Relevant standards and codes of practices for WHS.

Other Resources

Refer to Prescribed Texts Section.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete three different types of assessment tasks
1. Assessment 1 - Worksheets 1-8 as evidence of classroom participation ( 50% weighing)
2. Assessment 2 - Test on underpinning skills and knowledge ( 25% weighing)
3. Assessment 3 – completing SWMS ( 25% weighing).

To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in all three assessment tasks.
Grading Criteria:
NYC - Not yet competent
CA - Competence Achieved
DNS - Did not submit assessment

Assessment Matrix

1. Assessment 1 - Worksheets 1-8 as evidence of classroom participation ( 50% weighing)
2. Assessment 2 - Test on underpinning skills and knowledge ( 25% weighing)
3. Assessment 3 – completing SWMS ( 25% weighing).

Assessment Task                      Element/ PC                                          Percentage Weighting

Workbook Activities                   Element  1-9 / 1.1 – 9.3                                                  50%
Assessment 2                           Element   1-9/ 1.1 – 9.3                                                   25%
Assessment 3                            Element   1-9/ 1.1- 9.3                                                    25%

Other Information

Academic Misconduct

Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student.
Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the Guidelines for Students at the RMIT University Homepage.

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