Course Title: Implement workplace safety procedures and programs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: OHTH5425C

Course Title: Implement workplace safety procedures and programs

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4323 - Certificate IV in Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Karen Linstrom
Ph: 9925 4597

Nominal Hours: 35

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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to implement an organization’s occupational health and safety policies, procedures and programs by those with supervisory responsibilities, to meet occupational health and safety standards. In practice, the implementation of workplace safety and programs may be demonstrated in the context of generalist and specialist work activities such as delivering service to clients, using resources, making arrests, conducting searches, managing contracts, etc.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs


1. Provide Workplace Safety information to the workgroup

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant provisions of occupational health and safety legislation and codes of practice are confirmed as current and are explained to the workgroup using language and materials to suit their level of experience, existing knowledge and individual needs.
1.2 Information on the organisation's occupational health and safety policies, procedures and programs is provided in a readily accessible manner to the workgroup.
1.3 Information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and risk control procedures is regularly provided and explained to the workgroup.


2. Implement and monitor participative arrangements for workplace safety.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Participative arrangements for consultation over occupational health and safety issues are implemented and monitored to ensure that all members of the workgroup have the opportunity to contribute.
2.2 Issues raised through consultation are dealt with in accordance with organisational consultation procedures.
2.3 The outcomes of consultation over occupational health and safety issues are recorded and communicated to the workgroup in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.


3. Identify hazards and assess risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Existing and potential hazards in the work area are identified and reported so that risk assessment and risk control procedures can be applied.
3.2 Risks are prioritised in accordance with risk management procedures.


4. Implement and report on procedures for controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Work procedures to control risks are implemented and adherence to them by the workgroup is overseen in accordance with workplace procedures.
4.2 Existing risk control measures are monitored and results reviewed and reported regularly in accordance with workplace procedures.


5. Implement procedures for dealing with hazardous events

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Workplace procedures for dealing with hazardous events are implemented whenever necessary to ensure that prompt control action is taken.
5.2 Hazardous events are analysed, and information to identify their cause/s is gathered in accordance with organisational procedures.
5.3 Measures to prevent recurrence and minimise risks of hazardous events are implemented based on the hierarchy of control if within scope of responsibilities and competencies or, alternatively, referred to designated personnel for implementation.


6. Implement procedures for providing workplace safety training

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Occupational health and safety training needs are identified, specifying gaps between occupational health and safety competencies required and those held by workgroup members.
6.2 Arrangements are made for fulfilling identified occupational health and safety training needs in both on on-the-job and off-the-job training programs in consultation with relevant parties.


7. Implement procedures for maintaining workplace safety records

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Occupational health and safety records for work area are completed in accordance with workplace requirements for occupational health and safety records and legal requirements for the maintenance of records of occupational injury and disease.
7.2 Records are compiled to allow evaluation of hazard identification and risk control procedures within work area according to organisational procedures and within scope of responsibilities and competencies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements and the following;

• Read, interpret and apply relevant legislation, Australian-New Zealand standards and organizational policies and procedures.
• Identify, assess, monitor and control hazards in the workplace
• Implement risk management and control through collaborative action with colleagues in the workplace.
• Implement policies to ensure training and recording of staff competencies are maintained

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a variety of learning activities. They include the following:
In class activities:
• Observations
• Demonstrations
• Lectures
• Class discussions
• Oral and written questioning
• Excursions

Out of class activities:
• Readings
• Case studies
• Synthesised work environment practices
• Observations
• Self quiz/knowledge-based tests/questionnaires
• Facilitated online discussion forums

Teaching Schedule

Session One: The evolution of OH&S globally and in Victoria specifically

Session Two: Root Cases of Workplace injury

Session Three: Issues of Workplace Bullying

OHS intensive will be conducted at the Procedural Justice Camp. Application of skills and tools in a synthesised workplace will be exhibited.

The teaching schedule outlined above is subject to change depending on your assimilation of knowledge and skills of the subject matter, changes of legislation and on unforeseen circumstances.

As a student you need to demonstrate both knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course content within the classroom environment. Engagement with educators and other students is critical to you maximising learning opportunities and achieving satisfactory results. Participation in classroom discussion and activities will allow educators to apply observational assessment during role-plays, exercises and assignments and provide you with feedback.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Copies of the following legislation/Acts are required:
• Victorian OH&S Act 2004
• Victorian OH&S Regulations 2006
• Australian-New Zealand Standards for relevant materials
• Work Safe Victoria: Office Wise, Codes of Compliance/Conduct for First Aid, Manual Handling, Hazardous Materials, Working the Community Sector


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including class participation, reading, on-line readings and tests, case studies and scenarios. Attendance at the Procedural Justice Camp encompasses simulated work environment scenarios that you will need to complete.  Assessments will include the following; 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Formative risk assessment case study and peer assessment conducted during Justice Procedural Camp (ungraded)

Task 2: Formative assessment and peer assessment based on a scenario identifying risks and developing a risk assessment plan

Task 3: Summative Assessment – Simulated (in class) scenario identifying risks and developing a risk assessment plan to minimise risks - 10%

Task 4: Summative online exam based on three articles related to OH &S processes - 30%

Task 5: Summative online exam – Final assessment based on six simulated scenarios of OHS practices - 60%

Comprehensive details of these assessments tasks will be provided to students via blackboard and/or a class handout by Session 2

Assessment Matrix

The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:

CHD=Competent with High Distinction
CDI=Competent with Distinction
CC=Competent with Credit
CAG=Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded)

CA=Competency Achieved
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did Not Submit For Assessment

Other Information

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.

In accordance with RMIT policy, you may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
You must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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