Course Title: Respond to emergencies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: NONE9692C

Course Title: Respond to emergencies

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5161 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Nevil Schultz

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4221

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Judi McCann, Program Co-ordinator

9925 8366

Nominal Hours: 60

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

This Course is delivered and assessed as a part of a cluster with Prepare & Apply Chemicals, Transport & Handle Chemicals, Control Weeds.

Course Description

This course develops competency in preparation methods for readiness to respond to emergencies when preparing, storing & handling chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. This includes understanding and implementing emergency response protocols. Evaluation of an emergency is also part of this, where hazard level is determined and availability of key first response personnel.  Emergency prioritisation of responses is also a component. Physical and organisational infrastructure, such as chemical store emergency response protocols and signage are identified. Examples are use of safety shower, eye bath, wash-down procedure & spill kit usage. The monitoring of health of exposed persons is included. The method to obtain urgent assistance from emergency services and connected bodies such as the Poisons Information Service to health-affecting emergencies is given.  Hazard isolation techniques and first aid responses identified to the level of the respondee’s qualification.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

RTC3701A Respond to emergencies


Act in an emergency

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The plan of action is implemented using techniques appropriate to the situation and available resources and abilities. 
1.2 Equipment is operated safely and, where necessary, equipment and techniques are improvised. 
1.3 Strategies for group control are identified and implemented, and clients and other individuals are removed from danger. 
1.4 The condition of all staff and others assisting is constantly monitored.
1.5 The information required to assist emergency services, where relevant, is acquired and documented. 
1.6 Emergency services are notified as necessary. 
1.7 The plan of action is changed to accommodate changes in the situation variables. 
1.8 Casualty evacuation methods are demonstrated where relevant to the context.
1.9 Organisational procedures and policies and legal requirements are correctly implemented in the event of a major injury or death.


Apply essential first aid techniques

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Immediate risk to self and casualty’s health and safety are minimised by isolating the hazard.
2.2 The casualty’s injuries and vital signs are assessed.
2.3 Casualty is reassured in a caring and calm manner and made comfortable using available resources.
2.4First aid care is provided in accordance with established first aid procedures.
2.5 First aid assistance is sought from others as appropriate.


Evaluate the emergency

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Emergency and potential emergency situation reports and signals are promptly recognised and assessed.
3.2 Advice is sought from relevant people in evaluating the emergency.
3.3 The possible development of the emergency situation is assessed and further potential hazards to staff and/or clients are evaluated.
3.4 Needs, including those for assistance, are prioritised promptly and accurately.


Implement fire prevention and control on site and in the workshop

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Fire hazards are minimised as specified in workplace and/or fuelling procedures.
4.2 Appropriate fire extinguishers and fire fighting equipment are used in fire situations, and appropriate authority notified according to established procedures.
4.3 Evacuation procedures are followed according to enterprise policy and plan including nominated assembly points.
4.4 Where required, specific safety procedures for the handling and use of industrial gases are carried out in line with standard industry practice and regulations.


Prepare for emergency situations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Appropriate actions are taken to maximise safety and minimise health hazards in the workplace.
5.2 Options for action in cases of emergency are identified and evaluated.
5.3 Organisational emergency procedures and policies are correctly implemented as part of the workplace procedures.
5.4 Occupational health and safety procedures and safe working practices are applied including the selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) to suit the emergency situation.
5.5 Regular checks of the workplace are carried out to minimise potential hazards. 
5.6 Emergency procedures are carried out as required by established workplace procedures.
5.7 Safety equipment and aids required for emergencies are selected, used, maintained and stored in good order.
5.8 Near misses and potential hazards are reported to supervisor and/or documented according to enterprise guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Workplace Simulations

Problem Solving Exercises

Industry Visits

Classroom Discussion

Hazard Identification Tasks

Locational response analysis 

Teaching Schedule

July 15    Intro, Weed Categories, Weed Id, Integrated Pest management Class Id prac + table Weed Sketches & Tables ASSESSMENT
July 22    Weeds vs. Non Weeds. Legislation, Chem Labels, Chem handling & Safety, Herbicide Action, Safe Storage & Transport
July 29    Site Weed Assessment, OHS Complete Risk Assessment IPM assignment Legislation & Label Interptretation task
Aug 5      Weed Mapping Field Day FIELD DAY Weed Sketches & Tables due
Aug 12    OHS, PPE, Equipment, Record Keeping More Weed Id
Aug 19    Chem Storage & Handling FIELD DAY Design Chemical Store Legislation & Label Interptretation task due
Aug 23    Field trip follow up, Equipment Calibration
Sept 6     Perform Weed Control Procedures FIELD DAY IPM plan due

Sept  13 Perform Weed Control Procedures FIELD DAY Chemical Storage Design Due
Sept  27 Respond to Emergencies Respond to Emergencies Task
Oct    4 Resp Em HAZCHEM instruction HAZCHEM worksheet
Oct   11 Revision Weed Collection due. Log Book Submitted
Oct  18 Work Experience
Nov 1  Exam period commences
Nov 8  CW,RE,PA,TH Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Primary Industries Chemical Information Service

Poisons Information Service

MFB & CFA websites

Workcover Authority

Overview of Assessment

Hazchem problem Sheet

Incident Response Simulation Task

Label Reading Task

Chemical Storage shed design

Incident Report & Signage Task

Assessment Tasks

Hazchem problem Sheet

Incident Response Simulation Task

Label Reading Task

Chemical Storage shed design

Incident Report & Signage Task

Assessment Matrix

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