Course Title: Monitor and facilitate the management of hazards associated with plant

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5504C

Course Title: Monitor and facilitate the management of hazards associated with plant

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: 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


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

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively identify hazards, and to assess and control risks associated with plant and equipment, including mobile plant, machinery, electrical equipment, pressure vessels and plant affecting public safety. 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:

BSBOHS506B Monitor and facilitate the management of hazards associated with plant


1. Identify hazards arising from the use of plant and associated systems of work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access sources of information, data and advice on plant and equipment hazards to assist in identifying hazards associated with plant
1.2 Identify hazards in the design, manufacture, registration, supply, installation, commissioning, use, maintenance, testing, dismantling, storage and disposal of plant and systems of work associated with plant
1.3 Identify and analyse work environment, tasks and circumstances that may lead to hazardous situations or exacerbate risk associated with use of plant and equipment
1.4 In the process of hazard identification, identify and consult appropriate specialist advisors, stakeholders, relevant key personnel and other parties
1.5 Establish, report and review appropriate procedures for recording and reporting on hazards associated with plant as part of the systematic approach to managing OHS


2. Analyse OHS risk associated with plant

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the method of risk assessment in consultation with operators and stakeholders and, if required, specialist advisors
2.2 Identify and assess risks associated with hazards arising from plant in consultation with operators and stakeholders, taking into account the effectiveness of existing controls
2.3 Develop and regularly update risk registers for items of plant and associated equipment
2.4 Identify risks requiring further control action


3. Control risks associated with plant hazards

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Source information, data and advice on risk control options for plant and machinery hazards
3.2 Involve operators, stakeholders and key personnel in the development of controls
3.3 Adopt control measures for ensuring the health and safety of persons accessing, using and/or maintaining plant by applying the hierarchy of control
3.4 Apply controls for access, egress, dangerous parts, guarding, operational controls, emergency stops and warning devices, registrations and design of plant, and operator certification risks associated with plant
3.5 Use and maintain workplace monitoring processes to eliminate or control risks properly
3.6 Report regularly and appropriately to stakeholders


4. Identify and recommend controls for hazards associated with maintenance activities and continued safe use of plant and equipment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Involve stakeholders and key personnel in the development of controls
4.2 Identify circumstances where permit to work procedures or certification are required to assist in ensuring a safe working environment
4.3 Respond to and monitor, permit to work procedures or certification in liaison with relevant key personnel, ensuring a safe working environment
4.4 Implement and monitor isolation procedures in liaison with relevant key personnel, to ensure continued safety of maintenance and other personnel
4.5 Ensure purchasing procedures include actions to address OHS implications of plant and equipment
4.6 Develop, document and communicate maintenance procedures to ensure plant and equipment are safe for use
4.7 Take action to ensure that any modifications to plant or equipment are safe and suitable for the task, and appropriately document and modify work practices as required for safe operation
4.8 Monitor and evaluate maintenance systems for effectiveness, suitability and accuracy to ensure safe operation of plant and equipment, and take action as appropriate


5. Identify and advise on licensing and certification issues associated with plant and equipment

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify types of plant (including plant design) requiring registration and tasks requiring operator licensing and/or certification in accordance with legislative requirements
5.2 Document and communicate to managers and relevant key personnel, OHS requirements to meet plant registration, operator licensing and certification, and other legal requirements
5.3 Document and communicate to managers and key personnel, training requirements to meet licensing, certification, registration and other legal requirements
5.4 Analyse training needs to ensure information, instruction and training prior to commencement of work on new plant and equipment and new operating methods
5.5 Monitor and report compliance with regulatory requirements for operator licensing, registration and certification in the workplace
5.6 Identify, document and maintain appropriate records for statutory and specialist plant and associated operator competencies


6. Review and evaluate risk control measures for plant

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Review effectiveness of control measures and conduct risk assessments as appropriate
6.2 Compare outcomes of OHS risk assessments with criteria to identify risks requiring further risk control and risks deemed as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA)
6.3 Involve stakeholders, key personnel, operators and appropriate specialist advisors, in developing relevant risk control plans for plant
6.4 Maintain appropriate records for the operating of the plant
6.5 Recommend or implement improvements arising from the review process with appropriate key personnel including manufacturers
6.6 Review the system of managing OHS to ensure plant safety

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participants will work individually and in groups. Participants are required to 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

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 assignment - 100% of total mark
You are required to develop a Corporate Plant Safety Management System.
The above assessment task will assess the following units:
• BSBOHS505B Manage hazards in the work environment
• BSBOHS506B Monitor and facilitate the management of hazards associated with plant
• BSBOHS507B Facilitate the application of principles of occupational health to control OHS risk

A detailed assessment sheet will be distributed in class

Assessment Matrix

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