Course Title: Maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5857C

Course Title: Maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4309 - Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Bruce Partland

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8323

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Nominal Hours: 70

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 covers maintaining OHS processes and defines the standard required to: facilitate meetings and document actions to consider OHS issues in the workplace; distribute information concerning OHS processes and requirements to staff; establish procedures to document the identification of hazards and assessment of risk
covering the operations of the enterprise; provide staff with OHS training in risk assessment, and other areas nominated by risk controls; put emergency procedures in place and organise for safety drills; maintain health and safety records.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCOHS401A Maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) processes


1. Provide information about occupational health and safety

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant provisions of OHS legislation and Codes of Practice are accurately and clearly explained to the work group.
1.2 Information on enterprise OHS policies, procedures and programs is provided in a readily accessible manner, and is accurately and clearly explained to the work group.
1.3. Information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control procedures is regularly provided, and is accurately and clearly explained to the work group.


2. Facilitate the participation of workers in OHS observance and decision-making

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Enterprise procedures for consultation over OHS issues are implemented and monitored to ensure that all members of the work group have the opportunity to contribute.
2.2 Procedures whereby workers report OHS hazards, risks are assessed and action taken to control risks, are clearly described to the work group.
2.3 Issues raised through consultation are dealt with and resolved promptly, or referred to the appropriate personnel for resolution in accordance with workplace procedures for issue resolution.
2.4. The outcomes of consultation over OHS issues are promptly communicated to the work group.


3. Implement procedures for identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Existing and potential hazards which are identified are reported so that adequate risk assessment and effective control measures are implemented.
3.2 Work procedures to control OHS risks are implemented by the work group and regular monitoring occurs to ensure ongoing adherence and effectiveness of risk control.
3.3 Inadequacies in existing risk control measures are identified in accordance with the hierarchy of control, and reported to designated personnel/management.
3.4 Inadequacies in allocation of resources to ensure safe work practice are identified and reported to management.
3.5. Existing risk control measures are monitored and results reported regularly in accordance with workplace procedures.


4. Implement workplace procedures for dealing with emergencies and hazardous events

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Workplace procedures for dealing with OHS emergencies are implemented where necessary to ensure that prompt and effective control action is taken.
4.2 OHS emergencies are reported in accordance with established enterprise procedures.
4.3. Control measures to prevent recurrence and minimise risk of emergencies and hazardous events are implemented based on the hierarchy of control, or alternatively, referred to designated personnel for implementation.


5. Implement and monitor enterprise procedures for providing OHS training

Performance Criteria:

5.1 OHS induction and training needs are identified accurately, specifying the gaps between OHS competencies required and those held by the work group.
5.2. Arrangements are made for meeting identified OHS training needs in both on and off-the-job training programs in consultation with relevant parties.


6. Implement and monitor enterprise procedures for maintaining occupational health and safety records

Performance Criteria:

6.1 OHS records for work area are accurately and legibly completed in accordance with workplace requirements for OHS records, and legal requirements for the maintenance of records of occupational hazards, risk control, injury and disease events.
6.2. Aggregate information from OHS records is used to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures within work area according to enterprise procedures and within scope of responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

1. Meeting procedure and minute keeping exercise considering an actual OH&S issue.

2. Oral presentation: Presenting a plan to address a workplace OHS issue including procedures to maintain a particular practice, emergency procedures and safety drills.

3. Written report documenting safety procedures to be followed in the future

Teaching Schedule

Last Thursday and Friday of each month (either following, or in tandem with the delivery of other Units of Competency. Workplace imperatives, including seasonal constraints, will guide the timing of delivery.).

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include written reports, group work and presentations, workplace observation, verbal questioning

Assessment Tasks

1. Peer assessment of a chaired Meeting to discuss and resolve an OH&S issue (20%)

2. Oral presentation on a workplace OH&S issue. (40%)

3. Written report documenting resolution of an OH&S issue. (40%)

Assessment Matrix

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