Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: HWSS5710C

Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora 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



Timothy Haigh


+61 3 9925 4846


Leigh Robinson


+61 3 9925 4398


Ralph Richter


+61 3 9925 4783


Ludmila Keightley


+61 3 9925 4722

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       Identifyhazards 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

  • Read topic one in the Learner Guide: HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS Processes. Upon completion of topic one complete the self-assessment checklist from the learner guide. Once you have done this progress to the next topic and continue until all topics are completed.
  • Once you have read all of the topics and completed the self-assessments you are ready to do the online self-assessment task. The self-assessment will check your level of understanding of the unit and provide you with some feedback.

A combination of activities will support students learning in this course, such as:

  • Face to face and or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
  • Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL), during simulations and classroom based learning
  • Observations of performance in the workplace and industry placement or simulated environment will be a valuable part of your learning experience
  • Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
  • Online discussion and activities support you to collaborate with other students in your course and debate and debate and discuss ideas
  • Self directed study time to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
  • To further facilitate learning, students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform

Teaching Schedule

Students who come for blocks of learning at RMIT City campus will be required to attend Cluster 1 week beginning 3rd August 2015

Student who form part of the SpecSavers Fast Track group are required to complete the required RPL Documents as requested by 1st September 2015

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text


1. Learner Guide: HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Other Resources

PowerPoint Summary

  • Additional learning materials available through Learning Hub
  • RMIT Library

Students should also make note of the Student Services and Study and Learning Centre that are available to all enrolled students (

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 HLTWHS300A 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) You must complete the quiz by the date publish on Blackboard.
  2. You will be required to complete a 90 minutes Cluster 1 Exam. It will consist of short answer, multiple choice and labelling diagrams. Please note that this Exam will cover HLTOPD401C, HLTWHS300A, BSBWOR401A, the date for this exam will be publish on Blackboard
  3. At the end of Cluster 1 you will be required to submit a theory assignment that will be posted on Blackboard after you have completed Cluster 1 and will cover HLTOPD401C, HLTWHS300A, BSBWOR401A. The due date for this assignment will be posted on Blackboard.

OP45 Due Dates:

HLTWHS300A Online Quiz: Due 23rd November 2015

Exam 1: Due week beginning 16th November 2015

Major Assignment: Due 14th September 2015

Please note that you will need to demonstrate competency in all 3 of these assessment tasks in order to achieve competency for this unit.

Assessment Matrix


National Unit Title:

Contribute to WHS processes

National Unit Code: HLTWHS300A

Assessment Tasks

Elements/ PCs

Required Knowledge


Required Skills


Critical aspects of assessment










Online quiz




        2, 5, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 11, 13,  14.3, 14.4, 14.5  

 Exam 1

 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,



 4.1     Points 1, 3, 4, 9.3, 12, 14.1  
           Major Assignment 


 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 5.1, 5.2, 5.3     6, 7, 8, 10, 14.1, 14.2,  



















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