Course Title: Participate in the coordination and maintenance of a systematic approach to managing OHS

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5498C

Course Title: Participate in the coordination and maintenance of a systematic approach to managing OHS

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5239 - Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254309

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 50

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 pre-requisite or co-requisite for this course

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively participate in the coordination and maintenance of a systematic approach to managing occupational health and safety (OHS) in the workplace. It includes strategies, policies and procedures necessary to systematically manage OHS and its evaluation to ensure that the workplace is, as far as is practicable, safe and without risks to the health of employees and others. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS501B Participate in the coordination and maintenance of a systematic approach to managing OHS


1.Contribute to the strategic planning process

Performance Criteria:

1. Take steps to ensure that managers at all levels are aware of their OHS responsibilities and the role of OHS in the overall management approach
2. Determine OHS needs and priorities in consultation with relevant managers and other workplace stakeholders and key personnel
3. Make recommendations for inclusion of OHS performance (including positive performance indicators [PPIs]) in the organisation's business plan


2.Participate in the development of an OHS plan

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify potential motivators among stakeholders together with potential barriers to the implementation of a systematic approach to managing OHS
2. Develop an OHS plan in consultation with workplace stakeholders, based on agreed priorities and with measurable outcomes
3. Identify resources required for implementation of the OHS plan
4. Develop action plans with relevant responsibilities and time lines
5. Communicate action plans to key personnel


3.Support the implementation of the systematic approach to managing OHS

Performance Criteria:

1. Apply knowledge of OHS management and OHS disciplines in consultation with stakeholders, OHS specialists and technical advisors, to the development of policies and procedures
2. Provide support to managers to meet OHS responsibilities and to implement action plans
3. Develop strategies to effectively integrate OHS within other functional areas and management systems that impact on the management of OHS
4. Identify OHS training needs and formulate recommendations for delivery


4. Provide advice to key personnel and stakeholders

Performance Criteria:

1. Provide objective advice in an ethical and non-discriminating manner
2. Identify situations where OHS specialists may be required


5.Participate in monitoring OHS

Performance Criteria:

Identify implications for the management of OHS and proposed changes to the workplace in consultation with stakeholders
2. Identify implications for the management of OHS, external changes and changes to available information and data in consultation with stakeholders
3. Access sources of workplace information and data as part of regular monitoring of OHS
4. Monitor achievement against action plans and update plans as appropriate
5. Take action to update systematic approaches to manage OHS, taking into account proposed changes


6.Participate in reviewing the management of OHS

Performance Criteria:

1. Regularly review the effectiveness of systematic approaches to managing OHS
2. Determine frequency, method and scope of review in consultation with stakeholders
3. Provide stakeholders with input to the review
4. Identify targets for improvement in the management of OHS and make recommendations for improvement
5. Communicate to appropriate levels of authority through planning, documentation and implementation, improvement strategies arising from the review

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participants will work individually and in groups. Participants are required read the course notes and any information provided on the RMIT Learning Hub. Participants are also required to read the chapter from the recommended text relating to the session topic.
The learning activities include:
• Case studies
• Videos
• Collaborative classroom activities
• Peer interaction
• Simulations
• Reflection and discussion
• Accessing information on-line
• Workplace activities

Teaching Schedule

The design of the course will allow it to be delivered face to face on one full day followed up by online support.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Archer, R & Borthwick, K 2005, OH&S: A management guide, 2nd Ed, Cengage Learning, Victoria


Other Resources

Further online learning materials are available and include:
• Articles of interest
• Class videos
• OHS videos
• Useful external links
• Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

The participant must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, workplace activities, in class exercises, quizzes, practical problem solving exercises and presentations. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

A major case study - 100% of total mark

Using a case study you be required to draw up an action plan for the implementation of a contractor management system and develop a contractor management procedure.

The above assessment task will assess the following units:
• BSBOHS501B Participate in the coordination and maintenance of a systematic approach to managing OHS
• BSBOHS502B Participate in the management of the OHS information and data systems
• BSBOHS503B Assist in the design and development of OH&S participative arrangements

A detailed assessment sheet will be distributed in class.

Assessment Matrix

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