Course Title: Apply principles of OHS risk management

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: OHTH5501C

Course Title: Apply principles of OHS risk management

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use a generic approach to identify hazards, and to assess and control occupational health and safety (OHS) risks. 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:

BSBOHS504B Apply principles of OHS risk management


1. Access sources of information and data to identify hazards
2. Analyse the work environment to identify hazards
3. Assess risk associated with hazards
4. Control risk associated with hazards
5. Maintain hazard identification and risk control processes
6. Monitor and review risk management processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access external sources of information and data to assist in identifying hazards
1.2 Review workplace sources of information and data to access and assist in identification of hazards
1.3 Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and OHS specialists
1.4 Conduct formal and informal research to ensure currency of information with workplace issues

2.1 Define, document and communicate occasions when action for hazard identification is required
2.2 Source tools to assist in analysing potential hazards
2.3 Examine task demands and task environment for impact on the person to identify situations with a potential for injury or ill health
2.4 Examine workforce structure, organisation of work and work relationships to identify situations with a potential for injury or ill health
2.5 Examine work environment for agents with a potential for injury or ill health
2.6 Seek input from stakeholders to clarify and confirm issues

3.1 Identify factors contributing to risk
3.2 Identify current risk controls for each hazard
3.3 Evaluate adequacy of current controls (if any), taking account of relevant standards and knowledge
3.4 Identify discrepancies between current controls and required quality of control
3.5 Prioritise hazards requiring further control action
3.6 Document method and outcomes of risk assessment

4.1 Develop a range of control options in consultation with stakeholders, taking account of the outcomes of the risk assessment and the hierarchy of control
4.2 Identify potential factors impacting on the effectiveness of controls
4.3 Seek advice from OHS specialists and key personnel if required
4.4 Identify and seek appropriate authority and relevant resources to initiate and maintain controls
4.5 Identify and document actions required to achieve change
4.6 Analyse extent of change and reduction in risk, as a result of controls

5.1 Establish and maintain a risk register relevant to the workplace
5.2 Document and communicate risk management procedures to stakeholders and key personnel, as appropriate
5.3 Document and communicate outcomes of risk management processes to stakeholders and key personnel, as appropriate
5.4 Involve stakeholders and operational staff in risk management processes
5.5 Identify situations where OHS specialists may be required

6.1 Determine frequency, method and scope of review in consultation with workplace stakeholders and key personnel
6.2 Ensure stakeholders and key personnel have input to the review
6.3 Identify areas for improvement in the risk management processes and make recommendations
6.4 Prepare action plans, including allocated responsibilities and timeframes for implementation
6.5 Regularly review effectiveness of risk management processes

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 delivery design of this course allows this module to be delivered as face to face for one day followed by ongoing support online@RMIT using RMIT learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


Other Resources

Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web sites Online Learning Hub. The online learning materials listed under each topic include:
• Subject outlines
• Lecture notes
• Reading materials
• Activities

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 and research assignment - 100% of total mark

You be required to choose a hazardous substance, perhaps something that you currently work with or have worked with in the past, and undertake research on that substance.

A detailed assessment sheet will be distributed in class.

Assessment Matrix

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