Course Title: Implement workplace safety procedures and programs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

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

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

In class activities will incorporate:
Face to face lectures, simulated workplace scenarios, practical demonstrations and role-plays that identify with professional practice within the criminal justice system
· Individual oral and written questioning, and student-led group discussions and/or presentations, will exemplify your contextualizing of the class topics, and validate your learning of key procedures and protocols for Occupational Health and Safety in Justice settings
Out of class activities will Incorporate
· Readings, researching case studies, completing remaining in class activities, and preparing for in class group presentations/discussions

In addition to the classroom experience, students have the opportunity to attend the ‘Justice Safety Support and Procedural Camp’ which is designed to assist in the transition to tertiary studies. The camp also provides experiential learning opportunities through simulated activities in Court processes, procedures and etiquettes, Emergency Management Procedures, and response procedures for occupational health and safety in justice settings.

Scheduled classes are held at the camp while developing team skills through a range of engaging, interactive and practical activities that are challenging and designed to develop students’ knowledge of the justice system and its function.

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered in as a blended learning model.  There are three compulsory workshops with structured engagement with online learning through Blackboard.  Details of the workshops are as follows:

Workshop One :

  • Saturday 25th February

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:

  • Saturday 18th March

    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:

  • Saturday 8th April

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Assessment Tasks

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.


Due Date: Saturday 25th February

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

Due Date: Saturday 18th March

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

Due Date: Friday 19th May

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

Due Date: Friday 19th May

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

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

Other Information

Program inherent requirements

Inherent requirements refer to the abilities, knowledge and skills you must demonstrate to:
achieve program learning outcomes
work effectively as part of a team in classroom and work-integrated learning (WIL) settings
perform effectively in classroom and WIL settings without undue risk to your own or others' health, safety and welfare.
Depending on your program of study, inherent requirements may include:
verbal and non-verbal communication skills
reading, writing and number skills
concentration, memory and problem solving
mental wellness and behavioural stability
vision, hearing, touch and smell
physical skills, such as gross and fine motor skills.

If you have any injury, illness, disability, impairment, condition or incapacity that may affect your ability to perform the inherent requirements of your program of study, we encourage you to discuss this with the Program manager to enable RMIT University to identify whether there are any reasonable adjustments that would enable you to perform program requirements. RMIT University wants to place you in the best possible position to use your knowledge, skills and attributes effectively in your program of study.

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 work submitted in hardcopy. For every piece of work submitted online you will complete an e-Declaration. The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


Examples of other information that could be included in this section are listed below. Please discuss with your Program Coordinator/Manager. Information needs to be consistent across the whole program.


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 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:


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:

  1. a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
  2. b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
  3. c) 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 (unresolved) – 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:


Working with Children Check – This course requires a Working with Children Check

Police Check – This course requires a satisfactory police check

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