Course Title: Work safely

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2017

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Course Code: OHTH5963C

Course Title: Work safely

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3394 - Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99255171

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Nominal Hours: 30

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

In this course you will cover the skills and knowledge required to apply workplace policies and procedures to maintain a safe work environment for self and others. The unit of competency will allow you to identify work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assess risk and follow safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSMWHS200 Work safely


1 Identify hazards and assess risk

Performance Criteria:


Identify hazards in the work area before and during work


Access and apply relevant material safety data sheets (MSDS)


Assess risks for the identified hazards


Identify controls for these hazards from procedures


Review effectiveness of controls within the scope of authority


Identify and report remaining risk


2 Follow procedures for risk control

Performance Criteria:


Control risks when working under minimal supervision by following workplace procedures


Follow safety signs and other safety indicators/zones


Select, use and maintain relevant personal protective equipment (PPE)


Handle and store items/materials relevant to job safely


3 Follow emergency procedures

Performance Criteria:


Recognise emergency situations


Take appropriate initial emergency action


Follow procedures for dealing with a range of site/plant emergencies


4 Initiate suggestions to enhance task/ job-specific safety

Performance Criteria:


Raise WHS issues with designated personnel in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant requirements of WHS legislation


Contribute to participative arrangements for WHS management in the workplace within organisation procedures and the scope of responsibilities and competencies


Provide input to minimise hazards in work area in line with organisation WHS procedures


Provide input to opportunities for development of work group's competencies in relation to WHS


Support the implementation of procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of control and in accordance with organisation procedures


Report to appropriate people in accordance with workplace procedures when non-routine hazards arise


5 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation and the organisation WHS policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:


Follow workplace procedures to achieve a safe working environment in accordance with all relevant WHS legislation/regulation, including codes of practice relating to particular hazards within the workplace or industry


Identify the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers under the relevant WHS legislation


Complete (personally or with assistance) hazard, accident or incident reports as required by workplace procedures and relevant sections of WHS legislation/regulation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is clustered with the following units:


MSS402051 Apply quality standards


 MSTFD2006  Use a sewing machine for fashion design


Learning activities will include the following:

  • practical demonstrations in the production rooms
  • individual and class exercises to acquire and perfect demonstrated skills
  • group discussion and feedback sessions
  • independent project based work under simulated workplace conditions
  • Work practice at home including research
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation


Depending on the group you have joined this program is delivered in the production rooms at RMIT's Brunswick Campus or in a community organisation. In both environments the intention is to provide a teaching space that simulates as much as possible workplace conditions.

Teaching Schedule

Weeks General Work Safely (WHS) Apply Quality Standards Use a Sewing Machine For Fashion Design Home Work
1 Orientation, Introduce Units, Tour of School. G+ or Facebook set-up in computer room Personal Safety & Signs Introduce Quality Standards Discuss sewing kit. Equipment induction. Set up machine. 1/ WHS, FASHIONABLE online quiz. 2/ Student IDs - make sure they have one!
2 15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work Production Room safety review Quality Terminology Parts of Machine HO. Threading M/C and bobbin case. Winding Bobbin. Insert Needle. Class task:  Endless band. Sewing Pictures (min of 3). Review parts of Machine
3   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Discuss Quality and introduce manual. Demonstrate good quality of seams 1/ Review F&F and Quality manuals and answer questions for review in class. 2/ View YouTube video - SEWING/FAB
4   Apply standards. Introduce Housekeeping checklist   Demonstrate seam samples. Students practice (6 samples needed; 3 x 2 fabrics) Continue samples for folder (6 samples needed; 3 x 2 fabrics)
5   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Check Seam Samples Standard Machines: Lockstitch, Overlocker 1/ Complete Samples for folder 2/ Do 4 more fabric samples
6   M/C maintenance, troubleshooting. Paper patterns, discuss measurements, seam allowances. HO - M/C maintenance, troubleshooting. Start Tote Bag (Create paper pattern, discuss measurements, seam allowances. HO - M/C maintenance, troubleshooting. Use Trims Upload picture of seam sample - comment on a lesson learnt
7 15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Inspect process of the Tote Bag Complete Tote Bag Upload picture of top stitch sample and Tote Bag - comment on a lesson learnt
TERM  BREAK         
8   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Specification sheet Specification sheet  
       (Tote Bag). (Tote Bag).  
9   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Discuss quality standards of Happy Pant  Start sewing Happy Pant - assembly plan and step by step Pin cushion 
10   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Quality checklist Complete Happy Pant Diary Cover or Clutch
11 15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Inspect Happy Pant Pocket Samples .
12   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Inspect pocket samples Pocket Samples continue  
13   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Inspecting samples Samples: Peter Pan and Double Yoke (Curve sample) - using 3 pre-cut samples. Darts, pleats and tuck  Pencil Case
14   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Bundle Checking  Child's Shirt (each student to cut out their own) with double rolled hem and curved pockets. Discussion about Fusing  
15   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Attach labels - care, brand, size (primary and secondary labelling) Continue shirt Write up an assembly plan. Complete samples
16   Apply work health and safety (WHS) standards Specification Sheet. Use QA checklist on a shirt. Exercise; student does QA check on other student's shirt. Complete shirt and assembly plan. Upload photo of student's shirt on G+/Facebook and write about lessons learnt

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The production rooms are equipped with one lockstitch sewing machine per learner complete with all necessary bobbins and other equipment, including different feet and  attachments for hemming etc.  

One overlocker per group is also provided and patterns. drawing rules, drawing Instruments, cutting equipment, small tools, machine oil and sundry items, cutting table, fabric, material, yarn and other resources.

The student is expected to arrange for the use of a lockstitich machine (a domestic machine is sufficient) for practice and work on projects at home between sessions and to put together an equipment kit for personal use during the delivery session and for homework. The kit will include clippers, bobbins and bobbin case, tape measure, pins etc. A lsit of items will be given at induction. (Alternatively an equipment kit can be purchased from the School).

The student will also need access to the use a smart phone or computer with internet connection in order to upload pictures of their completed work.

In addition there are extensive resource in RMIT's libraries and in particular at Brunswick's Fashion and Textile collection which is of great interest to the student studying clothing production. In addition the library provides guides and subject specialist help via Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessments or projects. Assessments will be in the form of tests for underpinning knowledge and demonstration and observation of your ability to identify work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assess risk and follow safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision. Also by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis whilst you are working on your skills and whilst working on your projects and relevant feedback will be given to allow you to develop towards competency. In addition you will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessments Task Name Commencement Week Assessment due
Assessment 1 Work Safely TEST:    
*  Work Safely (WHS) ·        FASHIONABLE online Test Week 1 Week 4
·        Use a Sewing machine  ·        Needle Test    
Assessment  2 Resources Folder    
*  WHS ·        Housekeeping Checklist and MSDS sheet exercise Week 4 Week 7
·        Use a Sewing machine      
·        Apply Quality Standards ·        Observation checklist on all products and review of folder Week 4 Week 13
Assessment  3   Week 8 Week 14
*  WHS Hazard Report    
Assessment  4 Shirt Project    
·        Use a Sewing machine QA checklist on Child's Shirt Week 13 Week 16
·        Apply Quality Standards and garment sample    


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment



Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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