Course Title: Maintain work health and safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2019

Class Number: 4316

Class Section: VCOS

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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

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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

Classes where information is shared through talks and discussions, and workshops where exercises are conducted to apply learning. Time is spent during classes and workshops for students to work on group and individual assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1

Introduction to unit - Overview of Occupational Health & Safety

  • What is a safe and healthy workplace
  • Identifying hazards
  • Managing risks in the workplace
  • Working safely in community services

Week 2

Legislative requirements

  • Health and safety in Victoria
  • Health and safety framework
  • Workplace policy and procedures
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Emergencies

Week 3

Consultation, cooperation, and communication

  • Understanding of the role of Health & Safety committees
  • Health and safety reps; Designated work groups  
  • Reporting - Incident reports 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This course consists of 4 assessment tasks including both in class tasks and work place evidence.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Emergency evacuation (in class)

Assessment task 2: Video to colleagues following infectious control procedures and policies.

Assessment task 3: Portfolio of work place evidence verified by work place supervisor and including

  • a risk identification and control matrix
  • incident report based on work place actual scenario or provided case study

Assessment task 4: On line quiz

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix is available on Canvas or can be provided by your facilitator

Other Information

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