Course Title: Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5438C

Course Title: Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Alan Kellett 

Darryl Cole


Nominal Hours: 10

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


Course Description

This unit covers a person planning their own work where tasks involve one or more steps or functions and are carried out routinely on a regular basis. It includes the concepts of following routine instructions, specifications and requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment


1. Follow safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Work is carried out safely and in accordance with company policy and procedures and legislative requirements.
1.2. Housekeeping is undertaken in accordance with company procedures.
1.3. Responsibilities and duties of employees are understood and demonstrated in day-to-day actions.
1.4. Personal protective equipment is worn and stored according to company procedures.
1.5. All safety equipment and devices are used according to legislative requirements and company/manufacturers' procedures.
1.6. Safety signs/symbols are identified and followed as per instruction.
1.7. All manual handling is carried out in accordance with legal requirements, company procedures and National Occupational Health&Safety Commission guidelines.
1.8. Emergency equipment is identified and appropriate use is demonstrated.


2. Report workplace hazards and accidents

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Actual and foreseeable workplace hazards are identified during course of work and reported to appropriate person according to standard operating procedures.
2.2. Accidents and incidents are reported according to workplace procedures


3. Follow emergency procedures

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Appropriate personnel and emergency services and means of contacting them in the event of an incident can be identified.
3.2. Emergency and evacuation procedures are understood and carried out where required.
3.3. Company evacuation procedures are followed in case of an emergency.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

  1. Theory based lesson initially followed by practice in the workshop.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1, Theory  and workbook.

Week 2,  Workbook and safe work practices in workshop.

Weeks 3 - 36 Safe work practices in workshop and working on practical project.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Fitting and Machining by R Culley


Other Resources

Material safety data sheets.

Library texts.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Evidence of student’s competence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this subject is ongoing throughout the semester.Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through the completion of short answer questions in workbook and safe work practices in the workshop.    Practice assessed by instructor each lesson and covers performance criteria 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.2 3.1 and 3.2 if required.

Students will be graded as either being competent or not yet competent.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This unit is taught concurrently with 3 other units of the "Workshop" Cluster of courses in Semester 1, namely :-

VBN773 Produce Engineering Sketches and Drawings

MEM18001C Use Hand Tools

VBN769 Perform Basic Machining Operations

Other units which form part of the "Workshop" Cluster, which also require application of the  principles of occupational health and safety, taught in Semester 2 are:-

VBN770 Apply Basic Fabrication Techniques

VBN779 Perform Cutting Grinding and Turning Operations

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to
complete their studies.

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Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application
for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Other Information:

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