Course Title: Maintain work health and safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: OHTH5950C

Course Title: Maintain work health and safety

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4407 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography)

Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager:   Ms Rachael Starr 


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

 The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

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

  1. Contribute to workplace procedures for identifying hazards and controlling risks
  2. Implement policies and procedures into work team processes
  3. Support consultation, cooperation and communication


Details of Learning Activities

Students will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency:   • Face to Face classes • Written classroom tasks • Demonstration and classroom discussion • Group discussions • Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises • Clinical practice, peer evaluation/feedback session/completion of practical worksheets • Online learning via CANVAS • Self-managed research to support completion of assessments. • Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course


Teaching Schedule

As per Certificate IV in Dental Assisting Timetable, which is issued as a hard copy on Induction Day and is also located in Canvas.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through CANVAS.

CANVAS is an online resource with the lesson plans for each unit. Within CANVAS are the session lessons plans, assessments, resources and other materials required for completion of each unit of competency.

Additional materials maybe provided in class and lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - WHS Audit and Report

Assessment Task 2 - Induction to Staff

Assessment Task 3 - Self-Reflection Portfolio

Assessment Tasks


Assessment: Task 1


WHS Audit and Report including emergency procedures

Assessment: Task 2

Staff Induction Portfolio


provided WHS information to at least two workers, including:


• explanation of WHS policies and procedures


• demonstration of safe housekeeping practices


• correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Assessment: Task 3

Self-Reflection Portfolio


consistently monitored safety procedures in the day-to-day

work activities required by the job role


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all required aspects of the competency. This will incorporate a variety of methods and include knowledge and skill-based tasks and activities. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks and you will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards.


Assessment tasks will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.

You will need to obtain Satisfactory (S) in all individual assessment tasks before a final grade of CA (Competency Achieved) can occur.

Assessment Matrix

Assessments/Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2

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Other Information

All RMIT email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.


Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):  


Study and learning Support:  

Equitable Learning Services (ELS): 


Late submission:

Special consideration: 





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