Course Title: Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OHTH5596C

Course Title: Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5282 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mr Sam Cutri

 Tel: (03) 9925 4876


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

This unit of competency has no prerequisite(s).

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to monitor and maintain the occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental programs within a work area where the person has some supervisory responsibility for others. Personnel will be able to participate in risk assessment and management processes, such as working with other staff to assess and manage risks associated with technical activities, coaching others in participating in OHS and environmental management issues, being a safety representative or participating in a safety committee. Their work is done in accordance with defined enterprise policies and procedures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL944001A Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety


1. Perform all work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use established work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel 
1.2 Clean, care for and store equipment, materials and reagents as required 
1.3 Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts 
1.4 Ensure safe disposal of laboratory/hazardous wastes 


2. Ensure others in the work group are able to implement safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

 2.1 Ensure hazard controls and personal protective clothing and equipment appropriate to the work requirements are available and functional 
2.2 Provide and communicate current information on OHS and environmental policies, procedures and programs to others 
2.3 Ensure hazards and control measures relating to work responsibilities are known by those in the work area 
2.4 Provide support to those in the work area to implement procedures to support safety 
2.5 Identify and address training needs within level of responsibility 


3. Monitor observance of safe work practices in the work area

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure enterprise procedures are clearly defined, documented and followed 
3.2 Identify any deviation from identified procedures and report and address within level of responsibility 
3.3 Ensure personal behaviour is consistent with enterprise policies and procedures 
3.4 Encourage and follow up others to identify and report hazards in the work area 
3.5 Monitor conditions and follow up to ensure housekeeping standards in the work area are maintained 


4. Participate in risk management processes

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report and address any identified hazards and inadequacies in existing risk controls within level of responsibility and according to enterprise procedures 
4.2 Participate in risk assessments to identify and analyse risks 
4.3 Support the implementation of procedures to control risk (based on the hierarchy of control) 
4.4 Ensure records of incidents in the work area and other required documentation are accurately completed and maintained according to enterprise procedures and legislative requirements 


5. Support the implementation of participative arrangements

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Inform and consult work group on OHS and environmental issues relevant to the work role 
5.2 Promptly report outcomes of consultation on OHS and environmental issues back to the work group 
5.3 Resolve, or promptly refer to appropriate personnel, matters raised relating to OHS and the environment 


6. Support the implementation of emergency procedures within the work group

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Ensure that enterprise procedures for dealing with incidents and emergencies are available and known by work group 

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities


Learning activities for this course may include:

Teacher directed face-to face delivery of lessons
Online study
Whole class Discussion
Pair/group discussion
Small group workshops
Revision quizzes
Research activities

Teaching Schedule



Week/Topic In Class Work
1. Orientation
2. Working in Groups Form groups
 3. OHS Introduction  Work on Assignment

4. Workplace Hazards  

 E.coli case study 
 5. Risks and Controls
 Complete Risk Assessment in class
 6. Hierarchy of Controls
 Complete Incident Report in class
 7. Hierarchy of Controls  Work on Assignment 1
 8. Easter Break  
 9.  Test Week No class.
Work on Assignment 2
10. Chemical Hazards Work on Assignment 2
 11. Chemical Hazards  Death in Lab case study
 12. Biological Hazards   Work on Assignment 2
 13. Biological Hazards  Work on Assignment 3
 14. Physical Hazards  RSI case study
 15. Emergency Procedures  Work on Assignment 3 
 Lab Emergency case study
 16. test  Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Health and safety programs: 658.383
Industrial and occupational health: 613.62
Occupational health and safety hazards: 363.11


Victorian WorkCover Authority / Worksafe Victoria


National Research Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam

Assessment Tasks





Due Date

1 -2

Assignment 1: Topics 1-3  



Assignment 2: Topics 4-5



Assignment 3: Topics 6-7



Prac assessment (in Chem lab class)





Assessment Matrix

Other Information


This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment
CA- Competency Achieved
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for assessment

• To pass the course you need to demosnstate satisfactory completion of all assessments tasks

• Extension of time for submission of assessable work- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.


• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected

• If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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