Course Title: Assist with compliance with OHS and other relevant laws

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: JUST5159C

Course Title: Assist with compliance with OHS and other relevant laws

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4235 - Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mark Grace

Nominal Hours: 40

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


This course has no pre-requisites or co-requisites.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes required to apply an understanding of the legal and regulatory framework of OHS in order to provide advice regarding the OHS legislative responsibilities of an OHS practitioner, company director, manager, supervisor and employee. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS408A Assist with compliance with OHS and other relevant laws


Comply with legal requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Take action is to ensure that the workplace, including systems of work and work organisation, is appraised against and complies with relevant legislation
3.2 Identify training needs of those with OHS responsibilities and provide training as required according to legal requirements
3.3 Identify requirements for other training under OHS legislation and arrange training as required
3.4 Recognise limits of own professional expertise and consult legal advisors as required


Contribute to ongoing monitoring of compliance with OHS legislation

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Monitor compliance with OHS legislative requirements
5.2 Resolve or refer compliance issues in accordance with OHS policies and procedures, and relevant OHS legislation


Determine the legal framework of OHS in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Seek current legislation and related documentation relevant to OHS and the organisation's operations
1.2 Use knowledge of the relationship between OHS Acts, OHS regulations, codes of practice, associated standards and guidance material to determine legal requirements in the workplace
1.3 Identify and confirm responsibilities and requirements as specified in legislation
1.4 Clarify responsibilities and requirements and seek advice from legal advisors where necessary


Provide advice on OHS compliance

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Provide advice to appropriate personnel about the specific legal responsibilities of employers including duty of care and how it is codified in relevant OHS legislation
2.2 Provide advice to appropriate personnel about administration of enforcement processes and instruments including penalties that apply to organisations prosecuted under relevant OHS legislation
2.3 Provide advice to appropriate personnel on how negligence is determined at statutory and common law


Report incidents of non compliance

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Raise promptly with responsible persons possible breaches as required
4.2 Provide advice on arrangements for incident reporting to government authorities in accordance with relevant OHS legislation and organisational procedures
4.3 Raise in accordance with OHS procedures inadequacies which may contribute to non compliance in systematic approaches to managing OHS procedures and/or practices

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include:
• Case studies
• Videos
• Collaborative classroom activities
• Peer interaction
• Simulations
• Reflection and discussion
• Accessing information on-line
• Workplace activities

Teaching Schedule

The delivery design of this course allows this module to be delivered as blended combination of face to face for one day followed by ongoing support online@RMIT using "myRMIT Studies".

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text as comprehensive course material will be provided.

Online learning materials can be accessed by using RMIT web sites Online "myRMIT Studies".


Online learning materials can be accessed using the RMIT Online "myRMIT Studies". The online learning materials listed under each topic include:
• Subject outlines
• Lecture notes
• Reading materials
• Activities

Other Resources

Further online learning materials are available and include:
• Articles of interest
• Class videos
• OHS videos
• Useful external links
• Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

The participant must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, workplace activities, in class exercises, quizzes, practical problem solving exercises and presentations. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

A major work(simulated work)based assessment – A report outlining the occupational health and safety processes your workplace uses to identify, assess, control, monitor and review hazards.
This will comprise 70% of total mark

Class participation – 10% of total mark

Online participation 20% of total mark

A detailed assessment sheet will be distributed in class

Assessment Matrix

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