Course Title: Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: OHTH5871C

Course Title: Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4359 - Certificate IV in International Trade

Course Contact: Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact Email: timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ian Burns

Sessional Teacher

ian.burns@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in order to meet legislative requirements.

It applies to individuals with supervisory responsibilities for implementing and monitoring the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs in a work area. These individuals have a broad knowledge of WHS policies and contribute well developed skills in creating solutions to unpredictable problems through analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources. They provide supervision and guidance to others and have limited responsibility for the output of others.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Element:

1. Provide information to the work team about WHS policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Accurately explain to the work team relevant provisions of WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice

1.2 Provide information about the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs, and ensure it is readily accessible to, and understandable by the work team

1.3 Regularly provide and clearly explain to the work team information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control

Element:

2. Implement and monitor participation arrangements for managing WHS

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Communicate to workplace parties the importance of effective consultation mechanisms in managing health and safety risks in the workplace

2.2 Apply consultation procedures to facilitate participation of the work team in managing work area hazards

2.3 Promptly deal with issues raised through consultation, according to organisational consultation procedures and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements

2.4 Promptly record and communicate to the work team the outcomes of consultation over WHS issues

Element:

3. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for providing WHS training

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify WHS training needs according to organisational requirements and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements

3.2 Make arrangements to meet WHS training needs of team members in consultation with relevant individuals

3.3 Provide workplace learning opportunities and coaching and mentoring assistance to facilitate team and individual achievement of identified WHS training needs

3.4 Identify and report to management the costs associated with providing training for work team, for inclusion in financial and management plans

Element:

4. Implement and monitor organisational procedures and legal requirements for identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and report on hazards in work area according to WHS policies and procedures and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements

4.2 Promptly action team member hazard reports according to organisational procedures and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements

4.3 Implement procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of control, according to organisational and WHS legislative requirements

4.4 Identify and report inadequacies in existing risk controls according to hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements

4.5 Monitor outcomes of reports on inadequacies, where appropriate, to ensure a prompt organisational response

Element:

5. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for maintaining WHS records for the team

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Accurately complete and maintain WHS records of incidents of occupational injury and disease in work area, according to WHS policies, procedures and legislative requirements

5.2 Use aggregate information and data from work area records to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures in work area


Learning Outcomes


This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in order to meet legislative requirements.


Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative class room based activities.

The self-based activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and will include quizzes, scenario case studies and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice skills in a simulated workplace environment.

Learning Activities include:

  • Industry site visits in possible
  • Industry speakers
  • Interactive learning processes
  • Simulated learning activities to increase skill and confidence in Risk Management


Teaching Schedule

Week   Date    Topic
104/07/2016 Induction and pre-training review
211/07 Introduction to Risk Management of WHS within a Logistics Perspective
318/07 Identifying Risks
425/07 Identifying Risks
501/08 Documenting Risks
608/08 Documenting Risks
715/08 Hazard reporting
822/08 Incident Reporting
  29/8-2/9

 Mid-semester break 

905/09Risk Control Measures
1012/09Risk Control Measures
1119/09  Implementing WHS Risk Control Measures
1226/09 Working with staff to improve WHS practices
1303/10 Implementing training to improve WHS.
1410/10 Reviewing success of WHS Risk Management
1517/10 Reviewing success of WHS Risk Management 
1624/10 Resubmissions and Resits

Week 1 will consist of an induction to the course which will include completion of a pre training review and familiarisation with:

  • Your teacher(s) and other students.
  • Services and facilities
  • Student responsibilities
  • Where to get support
  • Course requirements, key learning outcomes, assessment, feedback and grading.
  • Submission requirements and the resubmission policy
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions and Special Consideration
  • Privacy

OHTH5871C Implement and Monitor a Workplace Health and Safety Program and BUSM7937c Identify risk and apply risk management processes are co-delivered and co-assessed.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with BUSM7937C Identify risk & Apply risk management processes

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of final printed documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of software applications

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Performance Evidence

You must provide evidence of the ability to:

  • explain clearly and accurately to work team the relevant work health and safety (WHS) information including:
    - WHS legislative and organisational requirements
    - identified hazards and outcomes of risk assessment and control
  • ensure that the team has access to information about WHS policies, procedures and programs in appropriate structure and language
  • implement and monitor procedures according to organisational and legislative WHS requirements including:
    - consultation and communications to enable team members to participate in managing WHS risks and hazards
    - identifying WHS training needs and providing learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring as appropriate to needs
    - identifying, reporting and taking action on WHS hazards and risks
    - identifying and reporting inadequacies in existing risk controls and monitoring outcomes to ensure a prompt organisational response
    - reporting on the cost of WHS training
    - keeping WHS records
    - analysing aggregate WHS data to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures in work area.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements effectively, you must:

  • outline the legal responsibilities and duties of managers, supervisors, persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs) and workers in relation to WHS risk management in the workplace
  • identify key provisions of relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice that apply to the business and outline how they apply in the work area
  • explain organisational policies and procedures relating to hazard identification, risk management, fire, emergency and evacuation, incident investigation and reporting
  • explain the importance of effective consultation mechanisms in managing health and safety risks in the workplace
  • explain how the hierarchy of control applies in the work area.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 – This assessment is a verbal presentation to the class
Date handed out:  Week 1
Date and time due:  Week 6
Group or Individual: This is an individual assessment. A copy of your presentation must be submitted into blackboard turn it in.
                    
Purpose:This assessment is a verbal presentation to the class and peers. This presentation is to give students valuable practice in delivering short presentations to an audience. Presenting information and communication skills are key assessment criteria and are a valuable skill for working in any professional role in the workplace. Public speaking skills are part of professional development and are an expected across a broad range of industries.

Assessment Task 2 – Risk Identification and Mitigation report
Date handed out:  Week 1
Date and time due:  Week 8
Group or Individual: This is an individual assessment. A copy of your presentation summary must be submitted into blackboard turn it in.
                     
Purpose: This assessment allows you to demonstrate your knowledge of risk management processes within the context of work health and safety and be able to present the information to stakeholders.

Requirements: This assessment will be a compilation of documents developed in class and a brief report. This assessment includes 5 questions to be answered and a brief report ( approx. 500 words). The assessment document will include the questions and the template for the report. There are specific instructions in the template for the student to follow.

The content of this assessment will be covered in class and will include:

    Risk assessment document
    Risk assessment matrix
    Class Activities No 1 and 2
    Pareto Chart drawn from information in Injury Analysis exercise
    Cause and Effect Chart / Fishbone Chart (same thing)
    Hazard Hunt
    Standard operating Procedure

Assessment Task 3 – Portfolio of Works
Date handed out:  Week 1
Date and time due:  Week 15
Group or Individual: Individual Assessment
Indicate whether group or individual - If group indicate maximum group size.  

Purpose:This assessment portfolio is process of collecting evidence of competency for the student. All class exercise materials, assessment documents and extra evidence can be compiled into a portfolio.

Requirements:In addition to evidence from the furst two assessmnts, students will need to complete a  report.  The assessment task 3 document has extensive student instructions contained on each page. Students MUST read them and follow the instructions.


Assessment Matrix

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

You will be provided with an assessment matrix in the assessments area of the unit blackboard shell.  Generally, your grading will be assessed against how well you demonstrate:

  • Perform the activities as required by the learning elements of this unit of competency.
  • Demonstrate the required knowledge for this unit of competency.
  • Execute the required skills for this unit of competency.
  • Demonstrate your employability skills through contribution to learning activities related to this assessment, timeliness, use of technology and teamwork.

Final Grades table:

DNS - Did not submit for assessment
NYC - Not yet competent
CAG - Competency achieved – graded
CC - Competent with credit
CDI - Competent with distinction
CHD - Competent with high distinction
 

Other Information

Late Submissions

Students are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessments are completed by the due dates. If a student is to be prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside their control, they may apply in advance to the teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. To be eligible for an extension, you must lodge the extension form available at the following link with your teacher: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, the student must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. More information on special consideration and how to apply can be found here: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration


Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. Information on circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted can be found at the following website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/adjustment
 

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