Course Title: Contribute to implementing emergency procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5823C

Course Title: Contribute to implementing emergency procedures

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: 40

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 contribute to the implementation of planning and response procedures for emergencies.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS510A Contribute to implementing emergency procedures


1. Identify potential emergencies

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply knowledge of WHS hazards and relevant standards to identify causes of potential emergencies
1.2 Seek input of stakeholders in identifying potential emergencies
1.3 Identify and liaise with appropriate specialist advisors and emergency agencies to identify causes of potential emergencies
1.4 Develop a risk register to identify potential emergencies and their causes


2. Identify options for initial response

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Categorise major types of potential emergencies
2.2 Identify actions required to contain or limit potential emergencies
2.3 Identify actions required to limit impact on personnel, property and the environment
2.4 Identify requirements for liaison with emergency agencies
2.5 Prioritise actions to be taken during emergencies


3. Plan initial response procedures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify resources available and required for immediate response
3.2 Check emergency equipment to ensure serviceability, accessibility, cleanliness and correct location
3.3 Document actions required for a range of major types of emergency, taking account of standards, current industry practice, specialist advice and input by emergency agencies
3.4 Identify training needs and appropriate providers


4. Implement initial response procedures

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Document and display actions for initial response
4.2 Outline own role in emergency response
4.3 Follow appropriate procedures


5. Contribute to post-event activities

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify and support other personnel in the second response phase
5.2 Make contributions to debriefing processes


6. Monitor emergency response and address deficiencies

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Monitor responses to emergencies for efficiency and timeliness, in consultation with stakeholders and, as appropriate, specialist advisors and agencies
6.2 Document, and promptly and appropriately report, results of monitoring to appropriate persons
6.3 Identify areas for organisational and personal improvement and make recommendations for improvement in response to analysis of response taken

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The delivery of the program involves, studying case studies and group discussions 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.
 Learners may work individually and /or in groups in online environment.   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 teacher learner interaction and peer group work provide a source of feedback to learners to reflect on their underpinning knowledge. Learners are required to read the course notes and any information provided on ’myRMIT’.

The learning activities include:
• Case studies
• Videos
• Peer interaction using Blackboard platform
• Simulations demonstrated through videos on Blackboard 
• Reflection and discussion
• Accessing information on-line
• Workplace/simulated activities

Teaching Schedule

The course will be taught entirely online - facilitator led learning activities with access to learning resources 24X7 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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Further online learning materials are available and include:
• Articles of interest
• 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 used as a tool for formative assessment for all competencies.


Assessment Tasks

Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures

WHS Information Systems

WHS Information Systems

Assessment Matrix

Other 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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