Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2014
Course Code: HWSS5707C
Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes
School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4320 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406
Course Contact Email: email@example.com
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Ms. Sue Fatone
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
This unit 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.
Application of this unit should be contextualised to reflect any specific workplace risks, hazards and associated safety practices
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
Contribute to hazard
4.1 Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk
Contribute to WHS
3.1 Raise WHS issues in accordance with
Participate in the control of
5.1 Identify emergency signals and alarms and
Plan and conduct work
1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant WHS
Support others in working
2.1 Share information on safe work practices and
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
2.1 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
3.1 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
4.1 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
5.1 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
Details of Learning Activities
Facilitator led class on safety in the workplace: legal aspects, risks management, safe work practices and emergency procedures workplace via Power Point presentation and classroom discussion and small group activity.
Topic 1: The legislative & organisational framework for WHS:
The laws, regulations & codes of practice and Legal requirements in the workplace.
- What is workplace safety?
- Laws, regulations & codes of practice.
- Legal requirements in the workplace.
- Supporting others in the workplace.
Topic 2: Risk management :
- The difference between hazard, risk and residual risk.
- Near misses an accidents.
- Risk Assessment .
- Risk (hierarchy of ) control. Reporting.
- Risk management (The Take 5 approach).
Topic 3: Safe workplace practices:
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Managing stress and fatigue.
- Manual handling. Ergonomics.
- Handling chemicals.
- Infection control (introduction).
- Radiation. Waste
- Safety signs.
Topic 4: Emergency procedures:
- Evacuation procedures.
- Medical emergencies and first aid .
- Bomb threat.
- Natural disasters.
Clinical experience in the student’s workplace.
Self managed research of their workplace, completion of the learning task: Case Study, HLTWHS 300A WorkBook , including the completion of the third party evidence.
As per Certificate IV in Dental Assisting timetable.
There are no prescribed textbooks.
Australian Dental Association Inc (2012) ADA Guidelines for Infection Control, http://www.ada.org.au/dentalProfessionals/publications/guideinfectcont.aspx
Australian Dental Association Vic Branch (2005) Systematic Operating Procedures A manual for infection control and operational safety for the dental practice. http://www.adavb.net/OrderFromUs/tabid/462/language/en-AU/Default.aspx#fmPWd2bWULhw\
Australian Standards AS/NZS 4815 (2006), which can be accessed via the RMIT Library Web Pages
Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010) http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/file/publications/synopses/CD33_InfectionControlGuidelines2010.pdf
Hazard Tools: http://www.hazards.org/tools/
Lee, G & Bishop, P (2009) Microbiology and infection control for health professionals 4th Ed, Pearson.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all chemicals, medicaments and materials used at your dental practice (Obtained from Dental Supply companies or via web search)
Miller,C & Palenik,M (2005) Infection Control & the management of hazardous materials for the dental team 3rd ed, Mosby
Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/ohasa2004273
RMIT Occupational Health and Safety Videos: www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/set/Videos/OHSLUX/
myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).
OHS Reps @Work: www.ohsrep.org.au\
SafeWork Australia: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA
WorkSafe Victoria: http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au Officewise - A guide to health and safety in the office: accessible from the WorkSafe website.
Swarmer, T.J. Mosby Dental Dictionary 2nd Ed. Mosby Inc Sydney.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning knowledge, and skills; assessment activities may include quizzes, written work and third party report.
Submission of Learning Task: Case Study (Elements 1-4); Assessment weight=10 %
HLTWHS300A Written Test (Elements 1 - 5); Assessment weight = 80%
Third Party Evidence Form: signed by Workplace Supervisor: (Elements 1 - 5); Assessment weight = 10%
Please note: The Third Party Evidence Document has been designed for workplace implementation. Completion of the document provides a student with the opportunity to gain constructive feedback from Supervisor/mentors and allows the Supervisor/mentor to evaluate the student’s progress and provide the RMIT teacher/assessor with any relevant feedback as to the progress and application and development of the student’s skills and knowledge in safe work practices.
The Learning task: Case Study. Learner Guide, Workbook and the Third party evidence documents are aligned directly with the desired learning outcomes of this unit of competency and as such will provide students with study direction and focus in work based training.
CA (Competency achieved) for unit HLTWHS 300A
- Elements 1 - 4: Learning Task
- Elements 1 - 5: HLTWHS300A Written Test. PX pass with a result of (70% or above)
- Elements 1 - 5: Third Party Evidence
Please note that the assessment result is final and a second opportunity for re-assessment wil be NOT provided unless the student has applied for Special Consideration as per RMIT policy. Refer to RMIT website http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=od0oagg9uc111 (unresolved)
Failure to complete the unit of competence will result in non-completion of the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting Program. Please note that this is a prerequiste to the Certifcate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography).
This unit of competency is delivered against current industry standards. It is recommended that all students are familiar with the current ADA Infection Control Guidelines 2012 document.
Students are required to support learning outcomes for the unit HLTWHS300A with work based experience and further self-managed research to support positive outcome is this unit. A student may feel it necessary to seek further clinical experience outside their place of employment in order to achieve the required Learning Outcomes for Unit HLTWHS300A.
The WorkBook is available to all students enrolled in this unit of competency for access via myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard). Students are strongly encouraged to complete that WorkBook in detail as it will support the development of skills and knowledge in this unit and will assist the student with the associated written and workplace tasks. The WorkBook is aligned directly with the desired learning outcomes of this unit of competency and as such will provide students with study direction.
Plagiarism RMIT University requires that you present only YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own.
Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet to submit you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.
Special consideration online application - RMIT University http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)
Non completion or non-submission of compulsory tasks:
Failure to complete any or all of the compulsory tasks listed above will prevent the student from achieving a CA (competency achieved) result for unit HLTWHS300A. This will result in the non-completion of the unit requiring re-enrolment incurring fees, return to class work and completion of any relevant assessments at the time of the re-enrolment. This may result in non-completion of the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting Program. Please note that this is a prerequiste to the Certifcate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography).
Please note: A second opportunity for assessment will not be granted unless the student has applied for and been granted special consideration as per RMIT Assessment Policy. Refer to the following website for further information.http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=od0oagg9uc111 (unresolved)
Assessment Appeal Process: The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is stated and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure that their full entitlment to appeal is available. Refer to the RMIT website http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=nwjxaifdrgle (unresolved)
Special Consideration Please Note; Students may apply for Special Consideration as (per the information via the RMIT website http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved) if they believe their ability to complete the assessment for this Unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control.
Special Consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date.
The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.
RMIT assessment policies - RMIT University http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=od0oagg9uc111 (unresolved)
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