Course Title: Maintain workplace WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5712C

Course Title: Maintain workplace WHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6123 - Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: Ph: (03) 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Maria Broumos

Craig McCracken       9341 1410

Zanne Frazer       9341 1420

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


Course Description

Maintain WHS processes

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes


1) Provide information to the work group

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clearly and accurately explain to the work group relevant provisions of WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material
1.2 Provide information on organisation policies and procedures in a readily accessible manner and clearly explain to the work group
1.3 Explain roles and responsibilities of Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Health and Safety Committees (HSCs)
1.4 Provide information to the work group, in an accessible and understandable format, on hazards, the outcomes of risk assessments, and required risk controls


2) Ensure others are able to implement safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

.1 Ensure personal protective equipment appropriate to the work is available and functional
2.2 Implement processes to confirm that others in the work group are following safe work practices, and organisation policies and procedures.
2.3 Identify WHS training needs and either address or report these needs to those with control


3) Implement WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Consult with the work group and provide advice in relation to WHS matters relevant to their work
3.2 Ensure WHS issues raised are dealt with promptly, and in accordance with organisation procedures and legislative requirements, or referred to appropriate personnel
3.3 Record outcomes of consultation regarding WHS and promptly communicate these outcomes to the work group


4) Monitor compliance with work procedures

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check work procedures for availability, clarity and completeness, addressing any deficiencies or reporting them to appropriate persons
4.2 Identify and address any deviations from procedures or report to appropriate persons
4.3 Evaluate hazard identification and reporting processes are for effectiveness and address any deficiencies or report to appropriate persons
4.4 Monitor WHS housekeeping practices to ensure that workplace standards are maintained, and take action to address any deficiencies
4.5 Ensure own behaviour is consistent with organisation and work procedures


5) Implement hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control procedures

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Ensure hazards are identified and eliminated with residual risk reported according to organisation procedures
5.2 Conduct risk assessments
5.3 Develop control measures, taking account of the hierarchy of risk control
5.4 Implement and support outcomes of risk assessments and identified risk controls
5.5 Identify and address and/or report deficiencies in WHS risk controls according to organisation procedures
5.6 Identify personal professional limitations and seek expert advice as required


6) Implement organisation procedures for maintaining WHS records

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Obtain feedback to ensure that workgroup is aware of organisation reporting requirements
6.2 Review WHS records to confirm that they are completed in an accurate, thorough and timely manner in accordance with legislative and organisation requirements
6.3 Use aggregate information and data from records to identify hazards and monitor risk controls


7) Implement emergency procedures

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Obtain feedback to ensure that emergency procedures are available and known by the work group
7.2 Implement processes to ensure that emergency equipment is available and routinely checked for functionality
7.3 Implement processes to ensure that others in the workgroup are able to respond appropriately to emergencies
7.4 Conduct or contribute to investigations to identify cause of emergencies
7.5 Identify and implement or support control measures to prevent recurrence and minimise risk of emergencies

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have gained the workplace level of performance required by an employee with supervisory responsibilities, to maintain organisation WHS processes.

Details of Learning Activities

Using IT resources investigate:
• Current WHS legislation
• Dental Practice Board compliance requirements
• ADA resources and templates
Develop a risk assessment of current work environment
Review standard operating procedures
Using workplace scenarios, participate in simulations/role plays/case studies dealing with WHS procedures & risk assessment
Participate in a practical placement in a designated dental prosthetist workplace and demonstrate consistently and repeatedly maintenance of WHS standards
Identify and reflect on resolutions relating to risk assessment of current work environment. Maintain a current clinical logbook.

Teaching Schedule

• WHS Legislative requirements
• Workplace hazards
• Safety equipment
• Workplace emergency procedures
• Risk assessment
• Rights and obligations of employers & employees
• Reporting mechanisms
• Manual handling
• Organisation’s policies and procedures
Teacher: Maria Broumos

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online research.

RMIT Library.

Overview of Assessment

Clinical observation. Practical observation. Practice manual OHS procedures.

Assessment Tasks

Written report of the policies and procedures in maintaining WHS process that address all the performance criteria.

Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard consistently and repeatedly in all clinical and practical settings

Assessment Matrix

Written report of the policies and procedures in maintaining WHS process that address all the performance criteria. 20% Word processed report document.
Assessor: Maria Broumos

Consistent clinical/practical demonstration addressing performance criteria 4.5 across a wide range of variables. 80%Clinical observation/clinical logbook audit
Clinical Observers: Zanne Frazer, Maria Broumos, Olga Tsibidis

*All assessment tasks must be successfully completed before competency can be obtained

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