Course Title: Maintain workplace WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Contact: Maria Broumos

P: 9341 1126


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:

2.1 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

  • Facilitator led discussions using Powerpoint presentations
  • In class activities
  • Simulated clinical and  laboratory activities
  • Discussion of prescribed texts 
  • Written assessment

Teaching Schedule

The class is scheduled for delivery to the Student Prosthetist group  in the Lecture theatre of Building 154 RMIT (within the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne) Notification will be provided via student email if the date or location change. Delivery of the unit of competence (HLTIN301C/HWSS5655C Comply with Infection Control, is also scheduled for delivery on this day)

Following the delivery of the theory class, practical exercises will be undertaken in the DHSV dental clinic and RMIT laboratory spaces

Class schedules are detailed in the timetables provided on Blackboard (they may be subject to change at the discretion of RMIT, in this event notification will be provided to your student email);

Practical classes will be delivered in the simulated environment at RMIT where the Teacher will provide demonstration and assistance as you simulate treatment of fellow students within your cohort and patients form the DHSV and construct the appliances. You are required to observe all WHS requirements as you undertake the exercises and when you are present in and around the DHSV clinic/laboratories.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Anatomy of Orofacial Structures


Mosby's Dental Dictionary



Other Resources

  • Powepoint available on MYRMIT Blackboard under the program code C5312 and the Unit of Competence HLTWHS300A/HWSS5707C Contribute to WHS Processes
  • RMIT online learning Hub
  • Library
  • Internet links
  • Primal Pictures
  • Journals, Brochures, Pamphlets, Newspapers, Magazines

Overview of Assessment

Clinical observation. Practical observation. Practice manual OHS procedures.

Assessment Tasks

Your assessment will be graded with either a Px(Satisfactory) or NYC(Not Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines in accordance with the training package elements and essential skills.

Your assessments tasks will consist of :

Word processed patient record report for every patient treated (Case Histories) A complete journal of experience in relation to outcomes of simulated practical training and clinical experience placement - All documents due no later than 2 weeks after a patients’ final visit.
Assessor: Zanne Frazer

Perform elements and performance criteria of competence as designated for this unit of competence to the required standard consistently across a range of variables during clinical placement. See critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit. Clinical Observation including ADODP Log Book
Completion of an assignment that is issued during the theory session.

  1. All practical classes undertaken (I.e. exercises/assessments) require you to adhere to WHS requirements and you risk being deemed NYC if you do not operate within these requirements.

Assessment Matrix

The scheduled due date for the assignment;

You will be advised by your teacher of the assessment due date which will be no less than one month after the final theory delivery date.

Other Information


RMIT University requires that you present YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalities can include charges of acedemic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.

Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet to submit your learning guides and assessments.

Special consideration:

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website

if they believe complete assessment for this unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date. The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

RMIT assessment policies - RMIT University

Special consideration online application - RMIT University:

Non completion or non-submission of compulsory tasks:

Failure to complete any or all of the compulsory tasks listed above will prevent the student from achieving a CA (competency achieved) result for unit HLTWHS300A/HWSS5707C Contribute to WHS Processes . This will result in the student not completing the unit successfully. NYC (not yet competent) will be recorded and re enrolment will be required to continue the unit/program. Fees will be incurred. Please note: A second opportunity for assessment will not be granted unless the student has applied for and been granted special consideration as per RMIT assessment policy.

Assessment Appeal Process:
The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to appeal is available

Students are required to support the learning outcomes this Unit with work based experience and/ or further self managed research to support positive outcomes in this Unit.

To undertake practical exercises and /or assessment students MUST present for the assessment process as follows:

Please note these are also WH&S requirements for laboratory safety.

In appropriate practical class attire (Protective clothing for legs - if shorts, must cover knees, lab coat, safety glasses)
Fully covered in leather(not suede) footwear

Hair to be contained by tying back or in appropriate hair cover.
No artificial fingernails to be worn
The wearing of henna is acceptable.
Short, clean fingernails (no nail polish)
No jewellery to be worn on the hands or wrists. Wedding rings or jewellery that cannot be removed for cultural reasons must be taped with an appropriate waterproof tape
All cuts/ skin abrasions on the hands or wrists must be covered with a waterproof dressing

A student that is non-compliant with any of the above requirements will not be permitted to undertake practical exercises or assessment at the scheduled time. The student will be rescheduled to undertake assessment at a later date.


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