Course Title: Participate in workplace health and safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5852C

Course Title: Participate in workplace health and safety

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Hassell

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

This course describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others as it applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety


1. Follow safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow workplace policies and procedures for safe work practices
1.2 Identify existing and potential hazards in the workplace, report them to designated persons, and record them according to workplace procedures
1.3 Follow workplace emergency procedures


2. Implement safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and implement WHS procedures and work instructions
2.2 Identify and report incidents and injuries to designated persons according to workplace procedures
2.3 Take actions to maintain safe housekeeping practices in own work area


3. Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Raise WHS issues with designated persons according to organisational procedures
3.2 Participate in workplace safety meetings, inspections and consultative activities
3.3 Contribute to the development and implementation of safe workplace policies and procedures in own work area


4. Reflect on own safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify ways to maintain currency of safe work practices in regards to workplace systems, equipment and processes in own work area
4.2 Reflect on own levels of stress and fatigue, and report to designated persons according to workplace procedures

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities for this course will include the following:

  • simulations
  • media clips
  • case studies
  • group discussion

Teaching Schedule

Students will be allocated two days for this course.

One day will be spent in class where students will participate in an active learning class where they will

  • go through evacuation and safety drills,
  • discuss ways of keeping themselves and clients safe in an emergency situation.
  • participate in an evacuation drill.
  • the WHS Act

The second day of class will be spent completing an online test which will draw on the practical class held earlier, to show their competency in this unit.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Additional resources will also be available ‘Blackboard’. A set of readings will be made available to you including journals and texts that may support you in the program.

Overview of Assessment

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

 Assessment  Assessment type
 Assessment one

 Written response to question to a case study scenario

 Written response to question to a case study scenario  (including risk assessment task)


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca

Assessment Tasks

There are two assessment tasks for this course:

  1. Participation in the practical class which students must attend so that competency can be demonstrated to the teacher.
  2. An online quiz which is based on the practical class.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course. These are available from the Program Co-ordinator.

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7 (unresolved)

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1 (unresolved)

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. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n (unresolved)


• A Police Check and a Working With Children Check are required to do this course and must be shown to staff before placement can commence and be counted towards your hours.

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