Course Title: Contribute to OHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: NURS5122C

Course Title: Contribute to OHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C4247 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: Eileen Milner

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Killey 99254809 

Traineeship is only delivered at the city campus

Nominal Hours: 20

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

Nil applicable

Course Description

This unit specifies the workplace performance required by an employee to contribute to OHS processes where there is a responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for work output.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes


HLTOS300A /01 Plan and conduct work safely
HLTOS300A /02 Support others in working safely
HLTOS300A /03 Contribute to OHS participative processes
HLTOS300A /04 Contribute to hazard identification, OHS risk assessment and risk control activities
HLTOS300A /05 Participate in the control of emergency situations

Performance Criteria:

HLTIN301A/01 Follow infection control guidelines
1.1 Demonstrate the application of standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection in accordance with organisation requirements
1.2 Demonstrate the application of additional precautions when standard precautions alone may not be sufficient to prevent transmission of infection
1.3 Minimise contamination of materials, equipment and instruments by aerosols and splatter
HLTIN301A/02 Identify and respond to infection risks
2.1 Identify infection risks and implement an appropriate response within own role and responsibility
2.2 Document and report activities and tasks that put clients and/or other workers at risk
2.3 Respond appropriately to situations that pose an infection risk in accordance with the policies and procedures of the organisation
2.4 Follow procedures for risk control and risk containment for specific risks
2.5 Follow protocols for care following exposure to blood or other body fluids as required
2.6 Place appropriate signs when and where appropriate
2.7 Remove spills in accordance with the policies and procedures of the organization
HLTIN301A/03 Maintain personal hygiene
3.1 Maintain hand hygiene by washing hands before and after client contact and/or after any activity likely to cause contamination
3.2 Follow handwashing procedures
3.3 Implement hand care procedures
3.4 Cover cuts and abrasions with water-proof dressings and change as necessary
HLTIN301A/04 Use personal protective equipment
4.1 Wear personal protective clothing and equipment that complies with Australian/New Zealand Standards, and is appropriate for the intended use
4.2 Change protective clothing and gowns/aprons daily, more frequently if soiled and where appropriate, after each client contact
HLTIN301A/05 Limit contamination
5.1 Demarcate and maintain clean and contaminated zones in all aspects of health care work
5.2 Confine records, materials and medicaments to a well-designated clean zone
5.3 Confine contaminated instruments and equipment to a well-designated contaminated zone
HLTIN301A/06 Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of clinical and other waste
6.1 Wear appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment in accordance with occupational health and safety policies and procedures when handling waste
6.2 Separate waste at the point where it has been generated and dispose of into waste containers that are colour coded and identified
6.3 Store clinical or related waste in an area that is accessible only to authorised persons
6.4 Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of waste appropriately to minimize potential for contact with the waste and to reduce the risk to the environment from accidental release
6.5 Dispose of waste safely in accordance with policies and procedures of the organisation and legislative requirements

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required to Check the workplace for hazards and risks using an itemised checklist and provide advice and feedback in a constructive and supportive manner on OH&S issues

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Participate in online learning activities.
Participate in simulations of infection control
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement

Teaching Schedule

Semester One and Semester Two

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2009. Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing. 3rd Ed Elsevier: Sydney


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

On line assessment
Observation in the workplace with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge

Assessment Tasks

Observation in the workplace with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.
Online assessment
Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.

Assessment Matrix

Online assessment task will be required to be completed throughout the delivery. The assessment task will represent 100% of the required marks.
Observation and assessment of clinical competencies will be ongoing during clinical placements.
To achieve competency assignment must be completed by due date and related clinical competencies achieved.

Students will  be given the assignment and the competency guide at the commencement of each course.

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