Course Title: Maintain work health and safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

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

This content of this course is delivered online. The course does include a face to face workshop to introduce online learning, topics and assessment tasks. Following the workshop, students participate in online activities and discussions to build the knowledge and skills required to complete the assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1

Introduction to the course – On campus workshop

·         Course topics

·         Assessment tasks

·         Learning and completing tasks in an online environment

Week 2

Working safely in community services

·         Work health and safety in Victoria

·         Accessing legislation, regulations and standards

·         Following policies and procedures

Week 3

Identifying hazards and potential hazards

·         Understanding common workplace hazards and how they cause harm

·         Conducting hazard inspections

Week 4

Assessing risks and applying controls

·         Assessing risks

·         Identifying and applying risk controls

·         Analysing residual risk

Week 5

Providing WHS information to workers

·         Explaining WHS policies and procedures

·         Demonstrating safe housekeeping practices

·         Ensuring the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Week 6

Consulting with the work team

·         Encouraging team participation in consultation activities

·         Reporting health and safety issues raised by team members

Week 7

Responding to incidents and emergencies

·         Following emergency workplace procedures

·         Completing incident reports

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

Assessment task 1: Identify hazards, assess and report risks.

Assessment task 2: Present information to workers, based on a scenario, on safe practices.

Assessment task 3: Prepare and incident report based on a scenario.

Assessment task 4: Follow workplace procedures during a simulated emergency evacuation.

Assessment task 5: Complete one online, self-paced quiz on the key issues and concepts relating to maintaining work health and safety.

Assessment Matrix

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed.

Other Information

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