Course Title: Manage WHS hazards and risks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5818C

Course Title: Manage WHS hazards and risks

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5319 - Diploma of Work 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: 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

Not Applicable

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage work health and safety (WHS) hazards and risks

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS504A Manage WHS hazards and risks


1. Access information and data on WHS hazards and risks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify sources of information and data
1.2 Obtain information and data to determine the nature and scope of hazards and risks, the range of harms they may cause, and how these harms happen
1.3 Obtain information and data to determine techniques, tools and processes to assess risk associated with identified hazards and risk control options 


2. Prepare to manage WHS hazards and risks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Apply knowledge of the organisation’s WHSMS and WHSIS to identify requirements for managing WHS hazards and risks
2.2 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation to identify duty holders and legislative requirements for managing WHS hazards and risks


3. Develop and implement WHS hazard and risk-management processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Apply techniques, tools and processes to assess risks associated with hazards and risk control options
3.2 Apply knowledge of hazards and risks to develop appropriate risk controls
3.3 Develop and implement a risk control plan and evaluate risk controls
3.4 Carry out hazard identification and risk management according to organisational and legal requirements, adopting a risk-management approach

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit will be delivered entirely online and the  delivery involves presenting the learning material involving: case studies based on real life(work) situations. Simulated scenarios will also be used to ensure learners are work ready and familiar with the real work situations.  The activities are expected to be completed in a simulated or real work context. To inculcate teamwork and peer group learning, contributing in the discussion forum comprises part of assessment.

The learning activities include:
• Case studies
• Videos
• Peer interaction using Discussion Board on myRMIT
• Reflection and discussion
• Accessing information on-line
• Workplace/Simulated Workplace activities

Teaching Schedule

This program will be offered fully online supported by online studies/interaction/activities using ’myRMIT’.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Toohey, J & Borthwick, K 2005, OH&S in Australia: a management guide, Thomson, Victoria

Online learning materials can be accessed at 'myRMIT'. The online learning materials listed under each topic include:
• Lecture notes
• Reading materials
• Activities


Further online learning materials are available and include:
• Articles of interest
• Class videos
• OHS videos
• Useful external links

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes a combination of written assignments - reports and plans based on industry requirements, knowledge tests/quiz.
• The following range of assessment tools may be used:
1. Participation in Discussion Forum
2. Report Writing on case studies
3. Participation/Completion of Online Quiz
Participation in the discussion forum is also used as a tool for formative assessment for all competencies.

Assessment Tasks

The Assessments will be conducted in conjunction with OHTH5817C and OHTH5821C

Assessment Task Based on

  1. Online Quiz 1                 
  2. Assignment  1                
  3. Online Quiz 2                 
  4. Assignment  2                
  5. Online Quiz  3                
  6. Assignment  3                

Participation in Discussion Board for Formative assessment during the course of the unit.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information


Assessment Information

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exam, prac reports, and assignments etc.). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. But you also need to have passed the other assessments as well. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac reports).

• 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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