Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS5707C

Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5312 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Contribute to WHS processes

Contact: Maria Broumos

P: 9341 1126


Nominal Hours: 20

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

Not Applicable

Course Description

During this unit you will learn about the workplace performance required by a worker to contribute to work health and safety (WHS) processes where there is responsibility for your own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


1) Plan and conduct work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant WHS
legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance
codes and guidance material
1.2 Identify hazards as part of work planning and
work process
1.3 Address identified hazards prior to starting work
using judgement within defined scope of responsibilities
1.4 Report residual risk according to organisation
1.5 Report incidents and injuries in line with
organisation policies and procedures
1.6 Undertake WHS housekeeping in work area
1.7 Monitor own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure
ability to work safely and sustainably


2) Support others in working safely

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Share information on safe work practices and
work procedures with others, including members of the
work group where relevant
2.2 Check the WHS practices of less experienced
members of the workgroup or other stakeholders in the
work context
2.3 If appropriate provide guidance and coaching to
less experienced members of the workgroup to support
them in working safely
2.4 If appropriate support others accurately record
incidents and complete associated workplace
documentation according to organisation procedures


3) Contribute to WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Raise WHS issues in accordance with
organisation procedures within appropriate timeframes
3.2 Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace
inspections or other consultative activities
3.3 Provide assistance to workgroup members or
other stakeholders to contribute to workplace safety


4) Contribute to hazard identification, WHS risk assessment and risk control activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk
controls within appropriate timeframes
4.2 Check the workplace for hazards using itemised
checklist(s) in accordance with work procedures
4.3 Contribute to risk assessments
4.4 Provide input to development and implementation
of control measures, with reference to the hierarchy of
risk control


5) Participate in the control of emergency situations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify emergency signals and alarms and respond to them appropriately
5.2 Take initial action to control/confine emergency according to organisation procedures, and taking account of the nature and scope of the emergency
5.3 Implement emergency response procedures
within scope of training and competence

Learning Outcomes

During this unit you will learn about the workplace performance required by a worker to contribute to work health and safety (WHS) processes where there is responsibility for your own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others. You will learn about your role in WHS in both a theoretical and practical sense by undertaking theory classes and actively participating in practical classes.

Details of Learning Activities

  • Facilitator led discussions using Powerpoint presentations
  • In class activities
  • Simulated laboratory activities
  • Reading chapters form Anatomy of Orofacial Structures and answering questions
  • Written assessment

Teaching Schedule

The class is scheduled for delivery to the APPRENTICE group (DT1) and NON-APPRENTICE groups (FT1A & FT1B) on Tuesday February 3 in the Lecture theatre of Building 154 RMIT (within the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne) Notification will be provided via student email if the date or location change. Delivery of the unit of competence (HLTIN301C/HWSS5655C Comply with Infection Control, is also scheduled for delivery on this day)

Following the delivery of the theory class, practical exercises will be undertaken in the laboratory.

Class schedules are detailed in the timetables provided on Blackboard (subject to change at the discrection of RMIT, in this event notification will be provided to your student email);

  1. FT1A - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  2. FT1B - Monday, Thursday, Friday
  3. DT1 - Monday - Friday (2week block)

Practical classes will be delivered in the simulated environment at RMIT where the Teacher will provide demonstration and assistance as you construct the appliances. You are required to observe all WHS requirements as you undertake the exercises and when you are present in and around the laboratories.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacial Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

  • Powepoint available on MYRMIT Blackboard under the program code C5312 and the Unit of Competence HLTWHS300A/HWSS5707C Contribute to WHS Processes
  • RMIT online learning Hub
  • Library
  • Internet links
  • Primal Pictures
  • Journals, Brochures, Pamphlets, Newspapers, Magazines

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.

You will be assessed on both the essential knowledge and the demonstration of essential skills through;

Completion of practical exercises - including detailed self reflection of each exercise
Completion of an assignment

Assessment Tasks

  1. Completion of an assignment that is issued during the theory session.
  2. All practical classes undertaken (I.e. exercises/assessments) require you to adhere to WHS requirements and you risk being deemed NYC if you do not operate within these requirements.

Assessment Matrix

The scheduled due date for the assignment;

  1. Apprentice (DT1) & Non-Apprentice (FT1A & FT1B): Wednesday March 3rd (The assessment process must be finalised and a result entered by July 1st 2015)

Other Information


RMIT University requires that you present YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalities can include charges of acedemic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.

Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet to submit your learning guides and assessments.

Special consideration:

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website

if they believe complete assessment for this unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date. The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

RMIT assessment policies - RMIT University

Special consideration online application - RMIT University:

Non completion or non-submission of compulsory tasks:

Failure to complete any or all of the compulsory tasks listed above will prevent the student from achieving a CA (competency achieved) result for unit HLTWHS300A/HWSS5707C Contribute to WHS Processes . This will result in the student not completing the unit successfully. NYC (not yet competent) will be recorded and re enrolment will be required to continue the unit/program. Fees will be incurred. Please note: A second opportunity for assessment will not be granted unless the student has applied for and been granted special consideration as per RMIT assessment policy.

Assessment Appeal Process:
The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to appeal is available

Students are required to support the learning outcomes this Unit with work based experience and/ or further self managed research to support positive outcomes in this Unit.

To undertake practical exercises and /or assessment students MUST present for the assessment process as follows:

Please note these are also WH&S requirements for laboratory safety.

In appropriate practical class attire (Protective clothing for legs - if shorts, must cover knees, lab coat, safety glasses)
Fully covered in leather(not suede) footwear

Hair to be contained by tying back or in appropriate hair cover.
No artificial fingernails to be worn
The wearing of henna is acceptable.
Short, clean fingernails (no nail polish)
No jewellery to be worn on the hands or wrists. Wedding rings or jewellery that cannot be removed for cultural reasons must be taped with an appropriate waterproof tape
All cuts/ skin abrasions on the hands or wrists must be covered with a waterproof dressing

A student that is non-compliant with any of the above requirements will not be permitted to undertake practical exercises or assessment at the scheduled time. The student will be rescheduled to undertake assessment at a later date.


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