Course Title: Participate in workplace health and safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: OHTH5852C

Course Title: Participate in workplace health and safety

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4352 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others and applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.



National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety


1. Follow safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow workplace policies and procedures for safe work practices

1.2 Identify existing and potential hazards in the workplace, report them to designated persons, and record them according to workplace procedures

1.3 Follow workplace emergency procedures


2. Implement safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and implement WHS procedures and work instructions

2.2 Identify and report incidents and injuries to designated persons according to workplace procedures

2.3 Take actions to maintain safe housekeeping practices in own work area


3. Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Raise WHS issues with designated persons according to organisational procedures

3.2 Participate in workplace safety meetings, inspections and consultative activities

3.3 Contribute to the development and implementation of safe workplace policies and procedures in own work area


4. Reflect on own safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify ways to maintain currency of safe work practices in regards to workplace systems, equipment and processes in own work area

4.2 Reflect on own levels of stress and fatigue, and report to designated persons according to workplace procedures

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.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course and within the cluster, you will participate in a variety of learning activities including class tutorials, discussions and questioning.

Teaching Schedule





Elements of Competency


Assessment Due Dates




  • Introduction to WHS Unit
  • Learning intentions – Overview of Skills and Knowledge required
  • Workplace and work role context
  • Assessment overview.
  • Assessments for this unit will be delivered online through blackboard.
  • Workplace health and safety overview.
  • Relevant legislations and policy frameworks.
  • Workplace health and safety in a Community service context








  • Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session
  • Risk assessment tools.
  • Incident report writing.
  • Managing client visits.



Task 1

There will be time in class to complete this task




  • Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session
  • Case study analysis:
  • Worksafe risk assessment.
  • Detailing and reporting work and safety issues within your organisation.
  • Reflect on own practice
  • Preparing for working with clients: Risk assessments and work hazards








  • Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session
  • Completion of all W.H.S assessments



Task 2




  • Assessment Task 5 – Treasure Hunt





Task 3

This assessment will be completed in class on the afternoon




  • Excursion to Trades Hall




Excursions arranged for visit to Trades Hall and the Young Workers Centre. This is a compulsory excursion and has an assessment task attached.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1  Knowledge Questions   Assessment 2 Workplace inspection and risk assessment  Assessment 3 Emergency procedures           Grades that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are: CA: Competency Achieved NYC: Not Yet Competent DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment   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 Equitable Learning 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: 



Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency.  To be assessed competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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