Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: OHTH5872C

Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5369 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact: Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact Email: timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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

None

Course Description

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements.

This unit applies to managers working in a range of contexts who have, or are likely to have responsibility for WHS as part of their broader management role. It is relevant for people with obligations under WHS legislation, for example persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) or officers, as defined by relevant legislation.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace

Element:

1 Establish a WHS management system in a work area

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Locate, adapt, adopt and communicate WHS policies that clearly define the organisation's commitment to complying with WHS legislation

1.2 Identify duty holders and define WHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel in the work area according to WHS legislation, policies, procedures and programs

1.3 Identify and approve financial and human resources required by the WHS management system (WHSMS)

Element:

2 Establish and maintain effective and compliant participation arrangements for managing WHS in a work area

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Work with workers and their representatives to set up and maintain participation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation

2.2 Appropriately resolve issues raised through participation and consultation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation

2.3 Promptly provide information about the outcomes of participation and consultation to workers and ensure it is easy for them to access and understand

Element:

3 Establish and maintain procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks in a work area

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks

3.2 Include hazard identification at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created by the proposed changes and existing hazards are controlled

3.3 Develop and maintain procedures for selecting and implementing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements

3.4 Identify inadequacies in existing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements, and promptly provide resources to enable implementation of new measures

3.5 Identify requirements for expert WHS advice, and request this advice as required

Element:

4 Evaluate and maintain a work area WHS management system

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Develop and provide a WHS induction and training program for all workers in a work area as part of the organisation's training program

4.2 Use a system for WHS record keeping to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation, and to maintain a record of WHS decisions made, including reasons for the decision

4.3 Measure and evaluate the WHSMS in line with the organisation's quality systems framework

4.4 Develop and implement improvements to the WHSMS to achieve organisational WHS objectives

4.5 Ensure compliance with the WHS legislative framework to achieve, as a minimum, WHS legal requirements


Learning Outcomes


This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements. 


Details of Learning Activities

A range of in class activities, case studies and face to face delivery will provide a range of learning and teaching experiences for students.


Teaching Schedule

This course is co-delivered with BUSM7928C Manage Risk

The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows but please note that it is subject to change. 

Week

Week Commencing

Topics

Assessment

1

3 Jul

Teacher, student introductions Rules Explain cluster and schedule Assessments and Feedback Deadlines and resubmissions. Results: competency and grades

Introduction to course

 

2

10 Jul

WHS Management Systems

 

3

17 Jul

WHS Management Systems

 

4

24 Jul

Consultation, Induction and Training

 

5

31 Jul

Consultation, Induction and Training

 

6

7 Aug

Hazard Reporting

 

7

14 Aug

Incident Reporting

 

8

21 Aug

Continuous Improvement in WHS

 

28 Aug – 3 Sep  Mid-Semester Break

9

4 Sep

Risk Management Standards and the Risk Context

 Assessment Task 1 Due

10

11 Sep

Risk Management Standards and the Risk Context

 

11

18 Sep

Identify and Document Risks

 

12

25 Sep

Analyse and Evaluate Risks

Assessment Task 2 Due

13

2 Oct

Treating Risks - Risk Control Measures

 

14

9 Oct

Treating Risks - Risk Control Measures

Assessment task 3 Due

15

16 Oct

Revision and Review

 

16

23 Oct

Resits and Resubmissions

  

 The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes bit also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities. 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of final printed documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of software applications

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Performance  Evidence

You will be required to provide evidence of the following skills:

  • establish, implement, maintain and evaluate a work health and safety (WHS) management system for a work area of an organisation in accordance with WHS legislation including policies, procedures and record keeping
  • ensure organisational WHS compliance
  • establish, implement, maintain and evaluate effective and compliant participation arrangements for managing WHS including identifying duty holders, identifying and approving the required resources and developing and implementing a training program
  • establish, implement, maintain and evaluate procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks using the hierarchy of risk control
  • provide information and complete documentation for a WHS management system
  • identify requirements for and request expert WHS advice.

Knowledge Evidence

You are required to provide evidence of the following:

  • identify and detail relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
  • specify relevant WHS organisational policies, procedures, programs and practices
  • explain hazard identification and risk-management processes
  • describe the hierarchy of risk control and how it is applied in the workplace
  • specify in-house and WHS legislative reporting requirements.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.


Assessment Tasks

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with BUSM7928C Manage Risk 

Students are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment Task 1 – Manage a workplace OHS system

Date handed out:  Week 1
Date and time due: Week 9  Friday 5.00pm
Group or Individual: This is an individual assignment,

Purpose: As an employer or manager you must provide a safe and healthy workplace for your workers and contractors. This includes providing safe machinery/equipment and safe systems of work. It also includes identifying and controlling risks and hazards, providing training and supervision as required as well as providing adequate systems and processes for consultation and action in OHS matters.

Requirements: For this assessment task you are the Manager of JM Transport Pty Ltd. The company has just purchased a new warehouse and, according to organisational requirements, procedures for staff induction, identifying hazards and controlling risks need to be developed.  There are two parts to this assessment – an OHS induction program and procedures for identifying hazards and controlling risks.

 

Assessment Task 2 – Continuous improvement in OHS and Risk Management

Date handed out:  Week 1
Date and time due: Week 12 Friday- 5.00pm
Group or Individual:  This assessments should be completed in groups of no more that 3 students.

Requirements:For this assessment task you need write some general recommendations about how an OHS system can best be evaluated and continuously improved.

Write recommendations for:

  • Data collection on occupational injury and disease in the organisation – how this will be collected, stored and used for continuous improvement
  • Participative arrangements that will assist in ensuring that all employees proactively contribute to workplace OHS and that OHS issues are appropriately and collaboratively resolved.
  • Identifying inadequacies in hazard identification and risk control measures
  • Ensuring that financial and human resource requirements for the OHS system are adequately planned for.

 

Assessment Task 3 – Risk Management Plan

Date handed out:  Week 3
Date and time due: Week 15 Friday - 5.00pm
Group or Individual: This is an individual assignment,

Purpose: Risks to an organisation’s ability to operate effectively can come from a range of sources. These can include uncertainty in financial markets, project failures, legal liabilities, credit risk, accidents, natural causes and disasters as well as deliberate attack from an adversary.

As a Manager in the Transport and Logistics Industry, you will need to put systems and processes in place to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks to the organisation.

Requirements: For this assessment you will need to develop a Risk Management Plan for a transport and logistics organisation of your choice. To assist you to complete the plan a Risk Management Plan Template is provided. The template is divided into 4 sections and is designed to be completed as you work your way through the unit. 

 


Assessment Matrix

Submission Requirements

You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (Hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, s34567, Task 2 – Safety Induction Assessment, OHTH5872C Ensure a Safe Workplace, Page 1.

 

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

 

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

 

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf

 

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration.
Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)

 

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf

 

Re-submissions (VE Programs)

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. 

 

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

 

Grading & re-submissions

Re-submissions are not graded and do not contribute to your overall grade for the course.

 

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:
More Information: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

 

Marking Guide (Competency)

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

 

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

 

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

 

Final Grades table

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

 

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

Other Information

Academic Integrity


Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own.


The penalties for cheating in assessment are severe, whether the cheating involves plagiarism, fabrication, falsification of data, copyright infringement or some other method. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. It is also a disciplinary offence for you to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student.

 

Referencing
RMIT Business produce their own referencing guidelines entitled written reports and essays: guidelines for referencing and presentation in RMIT Business which all Business students should use.


RMIT Business referencing guidelines (RTF, 1,286 KB, 52 pages); A supporting Referencing website has been developed for the RMIT Business guidelines.You can find out more about Academic Integrity at RMIT’s Academic Integrity webpage.

 

Group Assessment
A number of your assessments will rely upon group work. This is a critical part of your program as in the workplace you will be regularly required to work in a team environment. Teamwork is also one of the key employability skills for this qualification.

 

The key to being successful in group work is getting to know your classmates and finding out what they want to achieve. You should seek to find a team which shares your key interests and drivers.

If you are facing issues with your group, the key is to resolve them quickly well before assessments are due. If you need to you can seek support from your teacher.

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