Course Title: Manage hazards in the work environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: OHTH5634C

Course Title: Manage hazards in the work environment

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 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mark Grace

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 identify hazards, and to assess and control risks in the work environment. It focuses on the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to control specific hazards in the work environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS505C Manage hazards in the work environment


Access sources of information and data about the work environment to identify hazardous tasks or conditions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access external sources of information and data to assist in identifying hazardous tasks or conditions for the selected hazard
1.2 Review workplace sources of information and data to assist in identification of hazardous tasks or conditions for the selected hazard
1.3 Use appropriate tools to identify hazardous tasks or conditions for the selected hazard
1.4 Use appropriate tools to conduct workplace inspections in consultation with stakeholders
1.5 Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and OHS specialists if required


Analyse the work environment to assess risk

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and appropriately use equipment and strategies required for basic workplace measurement and monitoring of the selected hazard
2.2 Interpret results of workplace measurements in accordance with recognised standards
2.3 Seek input from stakeholders to clarify and confirm issues related to the selected hazard
2.4 Report results of workplace measurements and interpretations to stakeholders in a format easily understandable by the target group
2.5 Assess risks associated with identified hazards in the work environment in consultation with stakeholders and take into account effectiveness of existing controls
2.6 Identify and prioritise hazardous tasks or conditions requiring control action in consultation with stakeholders, taking account of recognised standards
2.7 Establish and update risk register as appropriate


Apply professional practice

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Manage collection of information and data, reporting of outcomes and maintenance of records in an ethical manner
5.2 Identify situations where OHS specialists may be required


Control risk associated with hazard

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek information and data from external sources on control options for the specific hazard
3.2 Seek information and data from stakeholders and key personnel on control options for the specific hazard
3.3 Develop and advise a range of control options, in consultation with stakeholders and key personnel, by applying the hierarchy of control, noting that personal protective equipment (PPE) is regarded as the least satisfactory control measure
3.4 Identify factors with a potential to impact on the effectiveness of controls
3.5 Develop control strategy for the selected hazard in consultation with stakeholders
3.6 Communicate outcomes of hazard identification, workplace monitoring and analysis, and the resultant control strategy to stakeholders and key personnel for action as appropriate


Monitor and review effectiveness of control 4.2 strategy

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Regularly review effectiveness of control strategy
4.2 Determine frequency, method and scope of review in consultation with workplace stakeholders and in accordance with workplace procedures
4.3 Seek input from stakeholders to review
4.4 Identify areas for improvement in the control of the selected hazard and make recommendations for improvement

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 myRMIT Studies . 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 course is designed to be delivered face to face for one day followed by ongoing online support provided through online activities and participation in discussion forums.

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 myRMIT Studies . 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

A detailed assessment sheet will be distributed in class/delivery of module

Assessment Matrix

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