Course Title: Contribute to health and safety of self and others

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: OHTH5873C

Course Title: Contribute to health and safety of self and others

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4369 - Certificate IV in Banking Services

Course Contact: Callie Harvey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5772

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Inna Kazakevich

Nominal Hours: 20

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 unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others and to respond to emergency incidents. It covers following work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, implementing WHS requirements and participating in WHS consultative processes.

It applies to individuals who require a basic knowledge of WHS to carry out work in a defined context under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility, in a range of industry and workplace contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others


1. Work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow provided safety procedures and instructions when working

1.2 Carry out pre start systems and equipment checks according to workplace procedures

1.3 Follow workplace procedures for responding to emergency incidents


2. Implement work safety requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify designated persons to whom queries and concerns about safety in the workplace should be directed

2.2 Identify existing and potential hazards in the workplace, report them to designated persons and record them according to workplace procedures

2.3 Identify and implement WHS procedures and work instructions

2.4 Identify and report emergency incidents and injuries to designated persons according to workplace procedures

2.5 Identify WHS duty holders and their duties for own work area


3. Participate in WHS consultative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Contribute to workplace meetings, inspections and other WHS consultative activities

3.2 Raise WHS issues with designated persons according to organisational procedures

3.3 Take actions to eliminate workplace hazards and reduce risks

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions

Teaching Schedule

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/Blackboard
  • Overview of assessment requirements
  • Pre-Training Review including:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Re-submission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities 

The Teaching Schedule for this course is attached to this document (Part B) but please note that it is subject to change.

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities including the self paced activities.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

 Evidence of the ability to:

  • follow all relevant procedures and instructions relating to work health and safety (WHS) and emergency incidents
  • identify and report hazards to designated personnel
  • contribute to WHS consultative processes.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • explain workplace safety procedures and instructions including:
    • checking systems and equipment
    • conducting routine work operations
    • requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • how to report incidents and injuries
  • explain emergency procedures including those for fires and incidents
  • define the meaning of commonly used hazard signs and safety symbols
  • summarise the duty holder responsibilities, as specified in WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice, of:
    • self and fellow workers
    • persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs)
    • officers
    • others in the workplace
  • explain the difference between hazards and risks
  • describe typical WHS hazards that may be present in the workplace, the harm they can cause and how this harm occurs
  • outline the process of hazard identification and risk reduction.

 Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced by individuals carrying out work health and safety duties in the workplace and include access to:

  • relevant organisational policies, standard operating procedures and work instructions
  • relevant Acts, regulations, codes of practice
  • workplace tools, equipment and resources
  • personal protective equipment appropriate to the role and work area

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.


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

This course is co-delivered with the following competency:

BSBWOR204 Use business technology

Critical aspects of assessment are described above in the performance evidence for this course.


1. Portfolio of Activities

This assessment will assess knowledge of WHS/OHS and Business Technology topics. Students have to submit activities each week (during Weeks 1-10) as indicated on the weekly schedule.

2. OHS and Technology Quiz

This assessment task will assess knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements, selecting and using software and processing and organising data.

3. OHS & Technology Assignment

This assessment task consists of Part A and Part B

Part A will assess ability to apply knowledge of OHS policies and procedures, emergency and reporting procedures, legislative requirements, risk and hazard identification & control, and participate in WHS/OHS consultative processes.

Part B- students required to respond to a series of questions and scenarios are focused on technology and software requirements in the workplace.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Callie Harvey, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. <check links are still current>

More Information:

Form to use:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you 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. <check links are still current>

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Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website: <check link is still current>
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Marking Guide (Competency):

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

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