Course Title: Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5858C

Course Title: Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

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

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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 minimising risks in the use of chemicals and defines the standard required to: implement, monitor and evaluate a chemical risk control strategy; identify potential hazards and assess risks; develop risk control procedures; and monitor and evaluate the risk control strategy.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCCHM401A Minimise risks in the use of chemicals


1. Identify hazards and risks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Guidelines, legislation, regulations and industry requirements relating to chemical use are identified and sourced.
1.2 Hazards involved in chemical handling and application are identified


2. Assess risks and develop control procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Risks associated with chemicals used are assessed.
2.2 Risk control measures and emergency action plans are developed.
2.3 Control procedures are developed for transport, handling, storage, application, decontamination and disposal.
2.4 A continuous improvement strategy is developed to minimise risk


3. Implement and monitor adherence to chemical risk procedures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided for people in the workplace using chemicals.
3.2 Select application equipment is selected according to procedures.
3.3 Restrictions on chemical use, application, decontamination and disposal are followed according to procedures.
3.4 Risk control procedures are followed in the workplace


4. Evaluate risk control measures and maintain record

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of risk control measures are developed.
4.2 Shortfalls identified during evaluation are addressed and rectified.
4.3 Risk assessment records are maintained according to industry, label, legislative and regulatory requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Practical and in-class demonstration of correct procedure for:

1. transporting, unloading, correct measurement and mixing; PPE, application and clean-up of chemicals.

2. Relevant legislation and Codes of Practice discussed in class.

3. Demonstration of Risk assessment and control methods

4. Record keeping

Teaching Schedule

1. Last Thursday and Friday of each month, timed for optimum pest plant control. 

2. Weekly e-mail and / or Echo 360 contact.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Relevant Code(s) of Practice

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include written assignments, observation in the workplace, 3rd party reports, structured verbal questioning & group work.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1. Quiz: Codes of Practice and legislation

Assessment 2:  Written assignment - Risk Assessment and control scenario

Assessment 3: Peer assessment of personal practice (Demonstration of all aspects of safe chemical use)

Assessment Matrix

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