Course Title: Implement workplace safety procedures and programs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

Tony Trevan
Phone:9925 4512

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

Students will participate in a variety of learning activities and include:

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• seminars/workshops
• group activities/projects
• group discussion
• research
• independent project based work
• ‘Workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecture feedback

Teaching Schedule

Workshop One :

Class 4A, Class 4B, Class 4C  
27th February 2016

Begin to read, interpret and apply the OHS Act. There will be two formative (non-graded) exercises for the student to gain knowledge and skills around workplace occupation health and safety.

Workshop Two:

19th March 2016

The legislative framework of responsibility, accountability and functions on the use of consultation to achieve results. There will be two formative (non-graded) exercises for the student to gain an understanding of completing OHS risk assessments.

Workshop Three:

9th April 2016

Practical application of identifying and assessing OHS risks and assessments on OHS scenarios.

After attending workshops and for the remainder of the semester students are required to completed a series of risk assessments tasks upload into blackboard.
All completed risk assessment tasks are required to be completed and uploaded into blackboard as summative assessments no later than COB Thursday 16th June.
NOTE: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

You are expected to attend all scheduled classes and some classes will have sessions that are compulsory to attend (please see individual course guides). If you cannot attend a class you should advise your RMIT Educator, as RMIT monitors all student attendance.
As a student, competency is demonstrated through both knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course content and 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.

Absence from class can seriously limit your ability to pass or achieve good results. You may be asked to attend a meeting to explain more than three absences from a subject and enter into a negotiated plan of action with your Educator. This meeting is recommended as an early intervention approach that may possibly identify any underlying issues which may be affecting your attendance and identify support that RMIT may be able to give you.

Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. If your academic progress is reviewed, a good class attendance may be helpful in showing evidence of your commitment to your studies in Justice.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this subject.


All readings and other resources necessary for this course will be available through Blackboard.
GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

Other Resources

PowerPoint’s for the lectures will generally be made available AFTER the class workshop; however these are not a replacement for attending workshops. Workshops may have additional information, activities or visual material, which will not be available through blackboard.

It is essential that you access the Blackboard site at least once a week, as announcements and emails are considered an effective means of communication between educators and students.

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

1. Formative assessment task (ungraded)
In workshop one, students are required to complete a risk assessment case study and peer assessment using a template provided, each group is to provide feedback on completed assessments.

2. Formative assessment task (ungraded)
In workshop two, students are provided with six case studies based on scenarios identifying risks and developing a risk assessment plan.

3. Summative assessment task (graded) 10%
In workshop three students are to identify risks and develop a risk assessment plan to minimise risk.

4. Summative assessment knowledge test (online) 30%
Students are required to read and research articles uploaded into blackboard, these articles related to OH&S processes.

5. Summative assessment  (online) 60%
Students are required to complete a final assessment based on six simulated scenarios of OH & S practices.

ALL ASSESSMENTS ARE DUE BY: 16th June 2016 by 5pm.

Comprehensive details of these assessment tasks will be provided to students before completion of workshop three and online via blackboard.
Once you have demonstrated competency, your final assessment task will be graded (refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).

Assessment Matrix

This is available via MyRMIT/Studies

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

Assessment Deadlines

Any due date for any assignment is to be considered a deadline. You can submit work at any time prior to the submission date, but it must be into the Administration office by close of business (5pm) of the day the submission is due.

Assessment Format

As a student of the Justice VE program, it is expected that you adhere to the following criteria regarding essays/research/reports;
1. For a Certificate IV each written assessment task/s – up to 1500 words, 2 academic references and ONE in-text citation per paragraph.
2. A paragraph is usually between 200 – 250 words.
3. A sentence is usually between 20 - 25 words.
4. American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing Style is the EXPECTED referencing style for the school of Criminal Justice (VE).
5. We highly recommend that all students download a copy of the APA Referencing Guide which is available on the Blackboard or purchase a Pocket Guide to APA style from the campus bookshop.
6. APA Referencing system is to be used and all in-text citations must be recorded according to APA standards.
7. An academic reference is a scholarly source (journal articles that are peer reviewed, a published book, an approved government or organisation website etc.).
8. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
9. 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 address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical ordered and organised manner.
10. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research.
11. 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.
12. All assignments to be submitted via the Drop Box (Building 37, level 2) and submitted via email to the Advanced Diploma email address to verify submission Assessments must be submitted by 5pm (close of business).
13. Written assessments will also be submitted with a Turnitin Report attached (as instructed by your Educator).

Other Information:
Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of implications of plagiarism.
Please refer to the following link for on-line submission statements;

Cover sheets do NOT form part of your word limit for written assessment tasks.

Assignment Submissions:

The submission of assessments on the due date is the responsibility solely of the student. Students should not leave assignment preparation until the last minute and must plan their workloads so as to be able to meet advertised or notified deadlines.
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, you need to submit any work that has been completed on the due date.
The penalty for assignments submitted late will be 10% of the maximum mark per day late or part thereof.
Weekends and holidays will attract the same penalty as weekdays.
Assignments that are late by 7 days or more will not be marked and will be awarded zero.

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.

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:

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:
1. 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;
2. Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
3. Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
4. Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
5. Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
6. Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
7. Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
8. 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 Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software

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

Complaints Procedure:

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.

Student Complaints Policy:
Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form:

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