Course Title: Participate in the investigation of incidents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: OHTH5503C

Course Title: Participate in the investigation of incidents

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: 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-requisites or co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to participate in the planning, conduct and reporting of investigations of incidents which have resulted in, or have a potential to result in, injury or damage. Situations may range from relatively minor through to major incidents. 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:

BSBOHS508B Participate in the investigation of incidents


1. Facilitate initial assessment of the situation

2. Participate in the establishment of investigation processes

3. Collect information and data for analysis

4. Analyse information and data gathered to identify immediate and underlying causes and practical prevention measures

5. Compile investigation report

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Check area to ensure it is safe and that arrangements have been made to meet initial needs of those involved in the incident
1.2 Establish and maintain integrity of the site and personnel in accordance with legal requirements and to ensure objectivity of information collected
1.3 Identify statutory and legal obligations and, if required, advise relevant government agencies
1.4 Notify key persons within the organisation
1.5 Determine factors affecting the complexity of the investigation
1.6 Identify stakeholders and interested parties, and notify as appropriate

2.1 Access and understand organisational policies and procedures for incident investigation
2.2 Convene investigation team appropriate to the level of the investigation
2.3 Define scope of the investigation taking account of legislative requirements
2.4 Facilitate involvement of interested parties in accordance with legislative requirements
2.5 Identify and source resources required to conduct the investigation, including the need for expert advice, if required
2.6 Identify and address barriers to investigation
2.7 Ensure action plans and time lines are developed by the investigation team

3.1 Identify and access sources of information and data
3.2 Inspect incident site, equipment and other evidence
3.3 Facilitate information and data gathered by others
3.4 Take and record statements, photographs, measurements and documentary evidence, taking account of objectivity, confidentiality and legal implications
3.5 Appropriately secure site, evidence and all necessary documentation
3.6 Appropriately involve members of the investigation team

4.1 Ensure the investigation team understands and identifies the conceptual basis for the analysis
4.2 Construct time line of events leading up to incident
4.3 Research causative event/s
4.4 Identify conditions and circumstances that contribute to the causative event
4.5 Identify intervention points on the time line for prevention
4.6 Identify strategies to prevent the re-occurrence of the incident

5.1 Document results of analysis in a format to suit the required target audience and legal requirements
5.2 Phrase report in objective terms and cite evidence and reasons for conclusions
5.3 Include recommendations for prevention in report
5.4 Disseminate relevant information and data to key personnel, stakeholders and external agencies as appropriate, following appropriate authorisation
5.5 Use findings from the report to develop further prevention strategies

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
• 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 detailed assessment sheet will be distributed in class.

Assessment Matrix

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