Course Title: Assist with responding to incidents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: OHTH5810C

Course Title: Assist with responding to incidents

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4330 - Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assist with actions and activities performed in response to incidents.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS406A Assist with responding to incidents


1. Assist with identifying legislative and other requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation to identify duty holders and legislative requirements regarding responding to incidents
1.2 Apply knowledge of workplace policies, procedures and processes to identify workplace requirements regarding responding to incidents
1.3 Communicate requirements to individuals and parties appropriate to own job role and work area


2. Assist with implementing initial incident response procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assist with providing first aid according to workplace procedures and processes, where necessary
2.2 Assist with notifying, reporting and documenting incidents according to workplace procedures and processes
2.3 Assist with meeting legislative requirements regarding incidents, where necessary


3. Assist with collecting WHS information and data relevant to an investigation

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assist with obtaining information and data from those involved, using appropriate data-collection techniques, about actions and events leading up to or occurring during or after an incident
3.2 Assist with identifying and accessing sources of additional information and data related to an incident


4. Assist incident investigations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Assist investigators and provide relevant information during investigations
4.2 Use appropriate techniques when participating in workplace investigations
4.3 Review reports on incidents, injuries and illnesses
4.4 Contact responsible persons and relevant authorities when required


5. Assist in implementing recommended measures and actions arising from investigations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Communicate recommendations arising from investigations to relevant others
5.2 Assist with measures and actions appropriate to own job role and work area

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Following learning activities will be used:

• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• lectures(online)
• online activities
• group projects
• peer learning
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• other activities as decided by teaching staff

Teaching Schedule

The course will be introduced during a one day workshop and then taught entirely online - facilitatator led learning activities with access to learning resources 24X7 using "myRMIT".

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web sites Online Learning Hub. The online learning materials listed under each topic include:
• Course outlines
• Lecture notes
• Reading materials
• Activities


Further online learning materials are available and include:
• Articles of interest
• Class videos
• OHS videos
• Useful external links
• Learning Lab

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at:
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

Overview of Assessment

The following range of assessment tools may be used to assess the unit of competency:

1. Participation in Discussion Forum
2. Report Writing and/or Case Studies

3. Participate and completion of online quiz(zes)

to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to:

• analyse responses to case studies and scenarios
• assessment of documentation completed when contributing to WHS investigations
• assess knowledge of basic principles of incident causation
• review of reports on safety incidents, injuries and illnesses

Assessment Tasks

1 Legal (Case studies)
2 Incident Investigation Report

Assessment Matrix

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