Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dental Health Program Manager Mr. Mark Doherty
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:00 pm.
Telephone: +61 3 9341 1407

Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:00 pm.
Telephone: +61 3 9341 1406

Ms. Suzie Georgeivski
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:00 pm.
Telephone: +61 3 9341 1408

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

Not applicable

Course Description

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
identification, WHS risk
assessment and risk control


Contribute to WHS
participative processes


Participate in the control of
emergency situations


Plan and conduct work


Support others in working

Learning Outcomes

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

A combination of learning activities will support student’s learning in this unit, such as

  • Facilitator led classroom based lecture and or workshop using PowerPoint Presentations
  • Demonstration and classroom discussion
  • Facilitator led practical clinical demonstration
  • Group discussions
  • Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises
  • Online learning resources accessed via myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard)
  • including online tests or quizzes
  • Practical clinical practice, peer evaluation/feedback session
  • Written classroom tasks
  • Self managed research to support completion of written work

Teaching Schedule

As per Certificaite IV in Dental Assisting timetable. Topics include the following:

Topic 1: The WHS Legislation and the Law.
Topic 2: Emergency Management
Topic 3: My role in Maintaining a Safe Workplace
Topic 4: Supporting others to maintain a safe workplace

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

Other resources

• Australian Dental Association Inc (2012) ADA Guidelines for Infection Control, 
 Australian Dental Association Vic Branch (2005) Systematic Operating Procedures A manual for infection control and operational safety for the dental practice.\

• 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)

• Hazard 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

• Modern Dental Assisting

Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004)

• OHS Reps @Work:\

• RMIT Occupational Health and Safety Videos:

• SafeWork Australia:

• Swarmer, T.J. Mosby Dental Dictionary 2nd Ed. Mosby Inc Sydney.

• Victorian WorkCover Authority

• Workplace Manuals and documents.

• WorkSafe Victoria:  Officewise - A guide to health and safety in the office:
accessible from the WorkSafe website.

• Workplace Safety Australia   

RMIT provides all students with an extension range of online and campus based study support services ranging from:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning knowledge, and skills; assessment activities may include quizzes,  written work and third party report.

Assessment Tasks

To achieve a grade of CA (Competency achieved) for the unit HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes, you are required
to attend classes and assessments and obtain a pass result for all the following theoretical and practical assessments that
are used to measure elements, performance criteria, essential knowledge and essential skills as outlined in the
health training package.

Assessment Case Study (Portfolio):

Part A: Hazards Identification
Part B: Case Study
Part C: Emergency Management Quiz
Part D: Third Party Report.

Direct credit transfer and RPL:
Direct credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses.
Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience.
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Work submitted for assessment:
Assessments that require work to be submitted must be handed in by the due date designated
by the unit teacher. Details of the due date for each assessment item are included in the unit Assessment
overview. Students are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner.
More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab”  All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically
unless directed by the unit teacher.

Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography. Care must be taken to reference all work correctly
and to avoid plagiarism. Be sure not to plagiarise unintentionally. Students must keep a copy of all submitted
assessments including electronic copies.

Failure to complete any of the above listed tasks/assessments will result in an NYC (Not yet competent) or DNS
(Did not submit) for the unit HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes. A NYC or DNS result will be entered in the
student record. This will result in non-completion of this unit of competence and re-enrolment will be required incurring
fees and a return to class work and completion of any relevant assessments at the time of the re-enrolment.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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 Document 2012 or the most current version of this document.

Students are required to support the learning outcomes for Unit HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes with work based
experience and further self-managed research to support positive outcomes in this Unit. 

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 (electronic or paper based), you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.

Special consideration
Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website;ID=b1wqvnwk8aui (unresolved)  if they believe complete 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.

Special consideration online application - RMIT University: 

 RMIT assessment policies - RMIT University:  

Failure to complete any of the above listed tasks/assessments will result in NYC - Not Yet Competent result for unit
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes. This will result in 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. Please note that this unit is a
pre-requisite for the three dental radiogaphy units of competency.

The assessment result is final and a second opportunity for re-assessment will be NOT be provided unless the student has applied
for and been granted Special Consideration as per RMIT Assessment Policy;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
staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to
appeal, this is available on;ID=nwjxaifdrgle (unresolved)

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