Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5707C

Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4318 - Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

Course Contact: Jade Cusworth

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8382

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jade Cusworth
+61 3 9925 8382

Leigh Robinson
+61 3 9925 4398

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


Course Description

This course specifies the workplace performance required by a worker to contribute to work health and safety (WHS) processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


1. Plan and conduct work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material
1.2 Identify hazards as part of work planning and work process
1.3 Address identified hazards prior to starting work using judgement within defined scope of responsibilities
1.4 Report residual risk according to organisation procedures
1.5 Report incidents and injuries in line with organisation policies and procedures
1.6 Undertake WHS housekeeping in work area
1.7 Monitor own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely and sustainably


2. Support others in working safely

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Share information on safe work practices and work procedures with others, including members of the work group where relevant
2.2 Check the WHS practices of less experienced members of the workgroup or other stakeholders in the work context
2.3 If appropriate provide guidance and coaching to less experienced members of the workgroup to support them in working safely
2.4 If appropriate support others accurately record incidents and complete associated workplace documentation according to organisation procedures


3. Contribute to WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Raise WHS issues in accordance with organisation procedures within appropriate timeframes
3.2 Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other consultative activities
3.3 Provide assistance to workgroup members or other stakeholders to contribute to workplace safety


4. Contribute to hazard identification, WHS risk assessment and risk control activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk controls within appropriate timeframes
4.2 Check the workplace for hazards using itemised checklist(s) in accordance with work procedures
4.3 Contribute to risk assessments
4.4 Provide input to development and implementation of control measures, with reference to the hierarchy of risk control


5. Participate in the control of emergency situations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify emergency signals and alarms and respond to them appropriately
5.2 Take initial action to control/confine emergency according to organisation procedures, and taking account of the nature and scope of the emergency
5.3 Implement emergency response procedures within scope of training and competence

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

1. Read topic one in the Learner Guide: HLTWHS300A: Contribute to WHS Processes. Upon completion of topic one complete the self-assessment checklist from the learning guide. Once you have done this progress to the next topic and continue until all topics are completed.

2. Once you have read all the topics and completed the self-assessments you are ready to do the online self-assessment. Please note that this is not an assessment task. The self-assessment will check your level of understanding of the unit and provide you with some feedback.

3. Refer to the Learning and Assessment Guide (LAG) items 2.1, 3.1 – 3.3 and 5.1 – 5.7. Familiarise yourself with the content.

Teaching Schedule

Attend Cluster 1. Dates for your group will be posted on blackboard.

Topic 1: Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Topic 2: Working safely: The players
Topic 3: Workplace Hazards
Topic 4: Plan and conduct work safely
Topic 5: Support other in working safely
Topic 6: Application and demonstration

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

1. Learner Guide HLTWHS300A: Contribute to WHS Processes
2. Learning and Assessment Guide – Year 1
3. PowerPoint Summary
4. Additional learning materials available through the Learning Hub
5. RMIT Library (

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may consist of examinations, quizzes, practical demonstration, work based assessment or simulation, assignments and submission of your learning and assessment guide (workplace evidence portfolio).

Assessment Tasks

Before attempting any of the assessment tasks below, ensure that you agree will all self-assessment checklists in the learner guide and that you have completed the online self-assessment quiz.

1. Complete online test titled HLTOHS300B – Formal Quiz. This test consists of completing a series of 10 online questions. These questions may consist of true or false, multiple choice or short answer questions. In order to pass you need to correctly answer seven or more questions (7 out of 10).

2. Refer to your learning and assessment guide (LAG) and carefully read and complete items 2.1, 3.1 – 3.3. An RMIT University assessor will assess you on items 2.1, 3.1 – 3.3 during a work-based assessment and during your compulsory attendance at blocks in year 1. In addition your work assessor will include a range of verbal questions to ask during these assessment. An RMIT University assessor will talk to your employer to discuss your progress and development of workplace skills.

3. During your first work-based visit you will be given a 90 minute Cluster 1 Exam to complete under the supervision of your workplace supervisor. It will consist of short answer, multiple choice, and labelling of diagrams. Please note that this exam will cover HLTOPD401C, HLTWHS300A, HLTHIR301C, BSBWOR301B, SIRXSLS001A and BSBWOR401A.

4. At the end of the semester you will be required to submit a theory assignment that will posted online after you have completed Cluster 1 and will cover HLTOPD401C, HLTWHS300A, HLTHIR301C, BSBWOR301B, SIRXSLS001A and BSBWOR401A.

The Cluster 1 assessment due dates for your group will be given to you during your Cluster 1 attendance and posted on Blackboard.

Please note that you will need to demonstrate competency in all 4 of these assessment tasks in order to achieve competency for this unit.

Assessment Matrix

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