Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: OHTH5658C

Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5236 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

William Ntuwah

+61 3 99254445

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation’s occupational health and safety (OHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in accordance with OHS legal requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace


1. Establish and maintain an Occupational Health and Safety system

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Locate and communicate OHS policies which clearly express the organisation's commitment to implement relevant OHS legislation in the enterprise
1.2. Define OHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel in accordance with OHS policies, procedures and programs
1.3. Identify and approve financial and human resources for the effective operation of the OHS system


2. Establish and maintain participative arrangements for the management of Occupational Health and Safety

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Establish and maintain participative arrangements with employees and their representatives in accordance with relevant OHS legislation
2.2. Appropriately resolve issues raised through participative arrangements and consultation
2.3. Promptly provide information about the outcomes of participation and consultation in a manner accessible to employees


3. Establish and maintain procedures for identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks
3.2. Include hazard identification at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created by the proposed changes
3.3. Develop and maintain procedures for selection and implementation of risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control
3.4. Identify inadequacies in existing risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control and promptly provide resources to enable implementation of new measures
3.5. Identify intervention points for expert OHS advice


4. Establish and maintain a quality Occupational Health and Safety management system

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Develop and provide an OHS induction and training program for all employees as part of the organisation's training program
4.2. Utilise system for OHS record keeping to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation
4.3. Measure and evaluate the OHS system in line with the organisation's quality systems framework
4.4. Develop and implement improvements to the OHS system to achieve organisational OHS objectives
4.5. Ensure compliance with the OHS legislative framework so that legal OHS standards are maintained as a minimum

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in establishing, maintaining and evaluating the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in accordance with OHS legal requirements and tasks associated with the elements above in a simulated workplace environment.


Teaching Schedule

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements.

Week No





Induction – OH&S  - Covered in element 1

 Identify potential hazards at RMIT- Covered in element 2

Develop inspection program that will identify what should be inspected, frequency recording and reporting procedures - Covered in element 4

 Brief overview of Semester 1

Toolbox meeting

Participate in a Toolbox meeting- Covered in element 1

Prepare a summary of the details arising from the toolbox meeting - Covered in element  2


 Class task

Field activities

• RMIT OH&S policy - Covered in element 1

• Supervisor’s responsibility – duty of care - Covered in element 2

• Fill in Risk Assessment & Job Safety Analysis form - Covered in element 3

• Information on use of surveying equipment, clothing necessary for health and safety
• Accident reporting
• First aid
• Alcohol & Drugs
• Insurance  - Covered in element 4

 Class task

Threatening or Inappropriate Behaviour

• State potential hazardous behaviours- Covered in element 1

• Fill in Risk Assessment form - Covered in element  3

• Hierarchy of Risk Controls
• Risk control plan - Covered in element 4

 Class task

Sun protection

General information
• UV radiation
• Skin cancer -Covered in element 1

• Training on Health effects of exposure to UV radiation, Factors effecting levels of UV radiation, Correct use of sun protection measure on site and Early diction of skin cancer - Covered in element 2

• Assess the risk of heat illness
• Preventing heat illness
• Sun protection measures - Covered in element 3


 Class task

Traffic Management - Worksite

• Inspect the site - Covered in element 1

Traffic – low, medium or high risk
• Establish worksite work plan -
Covered in element 3

 Class task

Manual handling

Use Risk identification form to identify Manual handling hazards- Covered in element 3

Develop control measures-Covered in element 3

 Class task

Common construction hazards

Define hazard

Common hazards

Develop control measures - Covered in element 3

 Assignment 1

Safety signs and symbols

Meaning of colours on safety signs-Covered in element 1

Types of signs -Covered in element 1

 Class task

General response procedure

Accidents & Emergency response and procedure - Covered in element 1

 Assignment 1 due date

First Aid

Types of First Aid equipment- Covered in element 1

Who should give first aid-Covered in element 1


 Class task

Fire Safety equipment

Common causes of fire - Covered in element 1

Fire safety equipment - Covered in element 1

Response to fire- Covered in element 1


 Class task

Yarra Bend - OH &Safety

 Students to fill in JSA form  before fieldwork - Covered in element 4



Yarra Bend OH &Safety

Students to fill in JSA form before fieldwork  - Covered in element 4


 Assignment 2

Yarra Bend OH &Safety

Students to fill in JSA form before fieldwork - Covered in element 4




Yarra Bend OH &Safety

Students to fill in JSA form before fieldwork - Covered in element 4 


 Assignment 2 due date



Yarra Bend OH &Safety

 Students to fill in JSA form before fieldwork - Covered in element 4


18 Portfolio submission  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Acts and Regulations Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
Surveying, A Bannister and S Raymond, Pitman
Elementary Surveying, Elfick Fryer Brinkner Wolf, Harper Collins
Advanced-Engineering-Surveying-problems-and-solutions, F A Shepard, Arnold.

References - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to demonstrate of a broad knowledge base incorporating theoretical concepts,
with substantial depth in some areas.
• Ability to analyse the working environment in order to identify hazards, assess risks and control risks
• Ability to analyse relevant workplace data in order to identify hazards, assess and control risks
• Ability to analyse relevant workplace data in order to evaluate effectiveness of the OHS management system
• Functional literacy skills to access and use workplace information
• Communication skills including researching and analysing information, reporting
• Interpersonal skills to relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
• Problem-solving skills to deal with complex and non-routine difficulties
• Team work skills to work effectively with teams/groups
• Consultation skills to effectively consult with colleagues
• Select and use technology skills at the appropriate level
• Coaching and mentoring skills to provide support to colleagues
• Ability to relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and physical and mental abilities

Assessment Tasks

Grading Criteria
NYC 0-49% Not yet competence
CP 50 – 59% Competence
CCR 60 – 69% Competence with credit
CDI 70 – 79% Competence with distinction
CHD 80-100% Competence with high distinction

Academic Misconduct
Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student. Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright
material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the RMIT 2001 Guidelines for Students or to the RMIT University Homepage.

Assessment 1 = Assignment 20% due Week 10
Assessment 2 = Assignment 20% due Week 16
Assessment 3 = Field work  60%

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task Element Percentage loading
Assignment 1 Element 1, 2, 3 25%
Assignment 2 Element 1,2,3 , 4 30%
TEST Element 1,2,3 , 4 45%

This unit will be assessed in a simulated workplace under normal range of work condition

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
support to complete your studies.

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Other Information:

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