Course Title: Apply OHS practices in the workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: OHTH5464C

Course Title: Apply OHS practices in the workplace

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6110 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kenneth Falzon
PHONE: 99254716 FAX: (03) 99254377

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

Co-requisites: ISYS5668C, ISYS5678C, OHTH5468C

Course Description

This unit specifies the mandatory requirements of occupational health and safety and how they apply to the various electrotechnology functions. It encompasses responsibilities for health and safety, risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEE001B Apply OHS practices in the workplace


1. Prepare to enter a work area.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Instruction in hazards and risk control measures for specific work functions and work areas are identified and obtained.
1.2 Work area access permits are obtained from appropriate personnel according to established procedures.
1.3 Preparations for electrical and non-electrical isolation are carried out to prevent creation of hazards from loss of machine/system/process control according to established procedures.
1.4 Tools and equipment needed for the work are checked for safety and correct functionality according to established procedures and regulatory requirements.


2. Apply safe working practices.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Workplace procedures and work instructions for controlling risk are followed accurately.
2.2 Workplace procedures for dealing with accidents, fires and emergencies are followed according to work procedures and scope of responsibility and competencies.


3. Follow safe workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Hazards are identified and control measures implemented and monitored through active participation in the consultation process with employer and other employees.
3.2 Hazards in the work area are recognised and reported to appropriate personnel according to established procedures.
3.3 OHS records of incidents are completed in accordance with regulatory requirements and established procedures.
3.4 Workplace instructions and training are followed accurately within established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Prepare to enter a work area.
Apply safe working practices.
Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning and simulated work activities to demonstrate an understanding and documentation of Occupational Health and Safety, which includes the following topics: :
Electrical conditions, Energy levels, Radiation levels, Toxic substances, Airborne particles, Pressure discharge, Explosive atmosphere, Work-site location, General work-site conditions, Specific work location, Moving parts, Tools and equipment, Workers competence and/or capacity and/or personal effects Classroom tutorial activities:
Lectures: to introduce the important concepts.
• Attending lectures will make it much easier for you to understand the central concepts of the course
• You will feel more comfortable and you will learn more if you read the relevant material before you attend the lectures

Tutorials: to enable you to ask questions and to clarify unresolved issues
• Review the material and prepare your questions before you come to class
• There will be an overview of course content with a focus on the material students find difficult
• If something is unclear or if you find yourself falling behind please ask for help immediately
• You may be given worksheets to complete during the tutorial

Lab exercises: to give you the hands on experience of implementing and troubleshooting networks
• In general there will be one practical exercise per week
• You will perform the exercise and write it up in a lab journal
• The lab journal will be a bound exercise book
o Loose leaf binders will not be accepted
• The write up will be a record of your actions as they are performed and your corresponding observations
• The write up must be performed in the lab as you perform the practical exercise, not at a later date
o Write ups not in the lab journal will not be marked
o Write ups which are not done concurrently with the performance of the practical exercise will not be marked
• In general the detail of the write up must be sufficient for you to be able to comfortably perform the practical exercise a year or more later directly from the lab journal
• Any difficult or tricky points should be especially noted in the lab journal for future reference
• Responses to worksheets for practical exercises must be written up in the lab journal
• The neatness, completeness and the presentation of the lab journal must be of a quality such that you would be prepared to show it to a future employer as an example of your work

Work simulated activities: you will computer related tasks and scenarios to complete as you would be expected to do in industry.

Test and exams:
There will be weekly tests to assist your progress in the course
• You will be required to read and study at least one chapter of the course content per week
The will be an on-line final exam at the end of semester covering all

Occupational Health and Safety:
Conduct in lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories will be of a standard required by OH&S legislation as applied to industry:
• You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Covered shoes must be worn in all labs
o Thongs and sandals must not be worn in any lab

Preparation for the Work place:
All skills and knowledge in this course are oriented towards current industry practices and technologies. An essential industry expectation is that you are responsible for your behaviour and actions. When you are in employment you will be expected to attend work on time on a regular basis, perform you work on time to an accepted standard and be responsible for what you do. Industry will expect you to comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions. All industry expectations will applied to you in this course. You will be expected to:
• Observe all Occupational Health and Safety requirements
o You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Prepare for classes
• Attend all classes regularly and on time
• Use your class time in a productive and responsible way
• Finish your work on time to an accepted standard
• Pay attention to, comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions.
o It is your personal responsibility to be aware of course requirements and timelines
o Please ask if something is not clear

The Preparation for the Workplace component will be an essential part of the assessment for this course. It will be included in the assessment of the practical and work simulated activities.

Activities Outside of Class:
It is expected that students allocate at least 60% of course hours for reading, independent study, project research, design, implementation, testing and problem solving activities.

Teaching Schedule

Please refer to the common teaching schedule from course guide ISYS5668C in the same cluster.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Internet and trade journals

Overview of Assessment

Practical tests
Closed Book Tests

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 (project): 35%
Written assignment to demonstrate an understanding of industrial hazards
Assessment task 2 (Practical demonstration in simulated workplace): 20%
Written examination to demonstrate an understanding of assessing risk, implementing risk control and documentation (45%)

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is taught in conjunction with UEENEED002B , UEENEED043B and UEENEEE032B. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of competencies UEENEED002B , UEENEED043B and UEENEEE032B.

This course is delivered in a cluster (Computer Technology) in conjunction with ISYS5668C, ISYS5678C and OHTH5468C. In this cluster minimum student directed hours are 61 in addition to 99 scheduled teaching hours. Student directed hours include completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course related consultation and the writing of reports.

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