Course Title: Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OHTH5910C

Course Title: Follow safe work practices for direct client care

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4367 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Nominal Hours: 25

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

There are no pre­requisites or co requisites for this unit of competency

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.
This unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, in both centre-based and home-based service provision.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care


1. Follow safe work practices for direct client care

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 Identify any client-related risk factors or behaviours of concern, report them to designated persons, and record them according to workplace procedures
1.4 Follow workplace policies and procedures to minimise risk
1.5 Identify and report incidents and injuries to designated persons according to workplace procedures


2. Follow safe work practices for manual handling

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Follow manual handling procedures and work instructions for minimising manual handling risk
2.2 Identify manual handling hazards and report in line with workplace procedures
2.3 Apply control measures for minimising manual handling risk


3. Follow safe work practices for infection control

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Follow standard precautions as part of own work routine to prevent the spread of infection
3.2 Recognise situations when additional infection control procedures are required
3.3 Apply additional precautions when standard precautions alone may not be sufficient to prevent transmission of infection
3.4 Identify risks of infection and report them according to workplace procedures


4. Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Raise WHS issues with designated persons according to organisational procedures
4.2 Participate in workplace safety meetings, inspections and consultative activities
4.3 Contribute to the development and implementation of safe workplace policies and procedures in own work area


5. Reflect on own safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify ways to maintain currency of safe work practices in regards to workplace systems, equipment and processes in own work role
5.2 Reflect on own levels of stress and fatigue, and report to designated persons according to workplace procedures
5.3 Participate in workplace debriefing to address individual needs

Learning Outcomes

The critical learning for this course takes place in clinical placement within the health sector and within simulations in RMIT laboratories.
You will be instructed in skills through demonstration, modelling and roleplay.
Skills development is supported by lectures on theory

At the completion of the curse, the students should be able to-

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Details of Learning Activities

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:
• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning
• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform


Teaching Schedule






Activities & Assessments





Topic 1, Follow Safe work practices for direct client care


 Introduction to WHS Principles





Topic 2- Follow safe work practices for manual handling

Begin WHS Work Book




Topic 2- Follow safe work practices for infection control

Continue workbook with self directed Learning.

Begin risk assessment




Topic 4- Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace

Continue with work book, start  workplace inspection checklist




Topic 5- Reflect on own safe practices

Continue completing your assessments




Revision work

Completing all class room based assessments




Mid-Semester Break


26 Sept



Clinical placement

Ongoing assessment for performance evidence during clinical placement

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for leaning in this course through myRMIT.
Readings given in class times and relevant literature as it comes to hand are important in order to maintain an up to date knowledge of the industry.

Overview of Assessment

Classroom Assessment Task !:

Simulation emergency scenario and WHS meeting
This assessment task supports Learning Outcome 4

Assessment Task 2:
Workbook completion to a satisfactory level
This assessment task supports knowledge assessment

Assessment Task 3:
Workplace risk assessment assignment
This assessment task supports Course Learning Outcomes (CLO's) 1, 4 &5

Assessment task 4
Clinical Placement and Skills Evidence Record
This assessment task supports Course Learning Outcomes (CLO's) 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

You will be provided with an assessment overview for the course and a descriptor for each assessment task.
Feedback is provided on each assessment.


Assessment Tasks

Attendance and participation:
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Final assessment in this course is a combination of a number of "formative" assessments.
To achieve competency in this course students need to successfully complete and achieve sufficiency in ALL of these formative assessments.
Please refer to RMIT’s assessment policy for more details: (unresolved)
Should a student be unable to attend an assessment or require an extension to a due date please refer to the following webpage:

Direct credit transfer and RPL:
Direct credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy (unresolved)

Work submitted for assessment:
Assessments that require work to be submitted must be handed in by the due date designated by the course instructor.
Details of the due date for each assessment item are included in this course guide and are in the Course Schedule in myRMIT (Blackboard).
Students are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab”
All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
Care must be taken to reference all work correctly and to avoid plagiarism. Be sure not to plagiarise unintentionally.
Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.

Penalties for late submission:
All assignments will be marked as if submitted on time then the mark awarded will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part of a day) it is late, unless an extension is approved.
Assignments that are late will not be marked and will be awarded zero marks (unless prior extension has been requested and approved. Please refer to

Assessment Result Information:
All students will receive a CA (Competentency Achieved for the assessment), an NYC (Not Yet Competent for the assessment) or a DNS (Did Not Submit for the assessment).
Students must receive CA grades for all assessments in order to receive an overall competent mark for the course.

Assessment Tasks:
Assessment 1 - Follow Safe work practices Workbook- Due on 18/03/06
Assessment 2 - Risk assessment due on 23/03/16
Assessment 3 – Workplace inspection checklist Due on 23/03/16 

Assessment task 4- Clinical Placement Performance evidence- On clinical placement


In order to gain competency in this course, students must complete ALL pieces of assessment AND receive S (Satisfactory) grades for all assessments.

Assessment Matrix


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