Course Title: Establish and maintain safe professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: OHTH5709C

Course Title: Establish and maintain safe professional practice

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Phillip Allan


Nominal Hours: 30

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


Course Description

Professional practitioners across all sectors and areas of expertise are responsible for the management of safety. In particular there are many safe work practices they must be adhered to whilst working in an art studio. In this course you will develop, skills and knowledge required to determine and respond effectively to broad and specific safety requirements for a professional practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP505A Establish and maintain safe professional practice


1. Determine OHS requirements for professional practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research key features of legislation that apply to professional practice
1.2 Source and evaluate practice-specific codes, standards and guidelines that affect the management of safety in the relevant work environment
1.3 Develop systems and procedures for effective integration of OHS in practice management
1.4 Evaluate the role of others in practice safety and ensure appropriate involvement


2. Manage hazards and risks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess existing and potential hazards and risks specific to the area of practice using relevant methods, templates and tools
2.2 Apply established processes for assessing and controlling hazards and risks according to OHS legislation and codes of practice
2.3 Adopt and monitor procedures for risk assessment and control
2.4 Develop and maintain current and accurate documentation to support hazard and risk management
2.5 Address the issues of hazard identification, risk assessment and control at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created


3. Monitor and enhance safety of the practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Maintain currency of OHS knowledge relevant to own area of practice
3.2 Proactively identify sources of information and professional development opportunities relating to safety
3.3 Integrate current and emerging ideas and technologies into own practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • online course
  • teacher directed activities

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • project work
  • independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

This course is delivered as an online course in conjunction with OHTH5708C / CUVPRP502A Prepare for sustainable professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Professional practitioners across all sectors and areas of expertise are responsible for the management of safety.
At this level, the practitioner applies a self-directed approach to ensuring safety.

Assessment evidence Element Preformance criteria
Safety Audit of RMIT University, Cardigan Street building and Visual Art Department 1. Follow workplace procedures on health, safety and security
4. Provide feedback on health, safety and security
1.1,1.2, 1.3,4.1, 4.2
Anatomy of an accident: What went wrong? 1. Follow workplace procedures on health, safety and security
2. Deal with emergency situations
3. Maintain personal safety standards 
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 
 Art Hazards Questionnaire  1. Follow workplace procedures on health, safety and security
2. Deal with emergency situations
3. Maintain personal safety standards
4. Provide feedback on health, safety and security
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 ,2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

Assessment will include:

  • A written report to assess knowledge and understanding
  • A questionaire

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. 

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment task - online assignments

  • Safety audit
  • Anatomy of an accident - case study
  • Art hazards questionnaire


Assignments based on general and practice specific OH&S information

Due date: week 16 semester 1

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Visual Art.

Grade Outline Grading Criteria (see table below)

  • CHD Competent with high distinction 80 - 100 Highly developed
  • CDI Competent with distinction 70 - 79 Well developed
  • CC Competent with credit 60 - 69 Developed
  • CAG Competent achieved - graded 50 - 59 Sound
  • NYC Not Yet Competent
  • DNS Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism 

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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