Course Title: Maintain work health and safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: OHTH5918C

Course Title: Maintain work health and safety

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4363 - Certificate IV in Community Services

Course Contact: Bronwyn Tanti

Course Contact Phone: 9925 9079

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 course describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and work practices as part of a small work team.

This course applies to workers who have a key role in maintaining WHS in an organisation, including duty of care for other workers.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety


1. Contribute to workplace procedures for identifying hazards and controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify existing and potential hazards and record them according to workplace procedures

1.2 Contribute to the development of strategies for implementing risk controls in line with workplace procedures and policies

1.3 Implement risk controls in line with the hierarchy of risk control and workplace and legislative requirements

1.4 Identify and report issues with risk controls, including residual risk, in line with workplace and legislative requirements


2. Implement policies and procedures into work team processes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Regularly provide information about WHS policies and procedures to the work team

2.2 Provide information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and risk controls to the work team

2.3 Monitor housekeeping practices to ensure that WHS policies and procedures are followed

2.4 Maintain WHS incident records in the work area according to workplace procedures and legislative requirements


3. Support consultation, cooperation and communication

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Support workplace consultative procedures by encouraging work team participation in consultative activities

3.2 Report health and safety issues in line with workplace procedures and legislative requirements

3.3 Encourage and assist work team members to contribute to WHS

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 class: the first class is face-to-face where the facilitator provides an overview of the program, and demonstrates the use of Blackboard for the learning activities and the assessment tasks.

Online: 5 sessions are available in sequence on a Google site, of approximately 20 minutes each, using Captivate technology (slideshow with voice over). These sessions can be accessed from campus or off-site through the Blackboard portal. Students have 24-hour access to the site for the duration of the course.

Teaching Schedule



Session number


Element of competency


Intro to role of WHS in the Community Services sector, role of Workcover and Worksafe Authority, Vic Legislation

Diverse workplaces, identifying risks, use of a risk assessment checklist, use of Worksafe website

(Also how to access assessments, how to upload a cover sheet, guidance on length of answers, breadth of risk assessment tools)

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4


Legal requirements for employees and employers, role of policies and procedures, development of workplace protocols and consultation

1.4, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.3


Understanding the key roles under the Act, HSR, HSC – applying them in the real world, analysing two scenarios

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 1.4, 3.2, 3.3


Reporting incidents, why and when this is necessary, appropriate information to include for an effective report

Follow-up after an incident, analysis and risk prevention

1.3, 1.4, 2.4, 3.2


Introduction to Working safely in Community Services handbook, exploration of self-care, stress and anxiety indicators, possible strategies to care for self and others in the workplace.

3.1, 2.3, 1.4, 1.2


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment task 1: Group assessment

Assessment task 2: Individual assessment

Assessment task 3: Individual assessment

Assessment task 4: Group assessment

Assessment task 5: Online quiz

Assessment Tasks

There are 5 assessment tasks designed to be completed weekly, and intended to take no more than 30 minutes after the learning material has been studied for each session


  • All assessments are submitted via Turnitin on the Blackboard site.
  • All assessment tasks are available on the Google site, including a cover sheet.
  • All tasks are due before 8th April, however you are encouraged to use the recommended dates as a guide to effectively manage your study load.


Assessment task 1:

Written response to a scenario requiring reference to a range of risk assessment tools.

Recommended submission date 3rd March

Due date: 8th April


Assessment task 2:

Short answer questions about WHS law, and its practical application in the workplace.

Recommended submission date 3rd March

Due date: 8th April


Assessment task 3:

Written response to a complex scenario – identifying the correct procedure to follow, analysing respective roles, contingency strategy

Recommended submission date 25th March

Due date: 8th April


Assessment task 4:

Completion of some sections of an incident report form to demonstrate skill in effective reporting, and awareness of appropriate follow-up.

Due date: 8th April


Assessment task 5:

Written answers to questions about definition of ‘health’ under the Act, and application of knowledge in the workplace.

Due date: 8th April

Assessment Matrix

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 SubmissionsYou 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.

AttendanceIt 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:

  • 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 aademic, 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:

Police Checks

Students must obtain their own police check by the due date and pay the associated costs. Students who do not obtain a required police clearance by the due date shall not be able to undertake a practical placement or work experience activity that requires a Police Check.

The University shall not be obligated to organise a placement for a student who does not wish to obtain a Police Check.

Where required by the workplace, students shall provide a copy of their police check on request.

If a student is rejected by a workplace on the basis of a Police Check, the following actions shall occur, as appropriate:

-               advise the student of the outcome; and

-               discuss placement options with the student; and/or

-               provide program and career counselling.

RMIT will not store Police Checks on student files.

Early Termination of Placement

Under section 6 of the WIL Procedure, a placement may be ended early by the host organisation or School due to the student’s conduct and/or performance during the placement.

Possible reasons for such decisions may include, but are not limited to-


  • failure to follow processes required for safety
  • breach of client or patient confidentiality
  • failure to comply with the instructions of supervisors
  • or other unprofessional behaviour

Where a placement ends early, a meeting will be convened to discuss the sequence of events that led to the termination. This meeting will precede any consideration of a student’s progress by the Progress Panel (if applicable) or Program Assessment Board.


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