Course Title: Maintain workplace safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: OHTH5867C

Course Title: Maintain workplace safety

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6141 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Inna Kazakevich


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

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs as part of a small work team.

This unit applies to workers who have a key role in maintaining workplace safety in an organisation. In their role they closely monitor aspects of work associated with the safe delivery of products and services, and they have an important responsibility in influencing ongoing safety in the workplace. At this level, work will normally be carried out within known routines, methods and procedures but may also involve a number of complex or non-routine activities that require some discretion and judgement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS301A Maintain workplace safety


1. Assist with incorporating WHS policies and procedures into work team processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use WHS legislation as the basis for meeting the health and safety requirements of a small work team 1.2 Assist in providing and clearly explaining information to the work team about the organisation's WHS policies, procedures, programs and legislative requirements, including the legal duties, powers, rights, obligations and responsibilities of individuals and parties inside and outside the workplace 1.3 Assist in regularly providing and clearly explaining information to the work team about identifying hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment


2. Support participative arrangements for managing WHS

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Implement and monitor organisational consultative procedures to facilitate participation of the work team in managing work area hazards 2.2 Promptly deal with issues raised through consultation according to organisational procedures for issue resolution 2.3 Encourage and assist work team members to contribute to managing WHS 2.4 Engage with individuals and work teams to identify and implement improvements in managing WHS feedback


3. Support the organisation’s procedures for providing WHS training

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Provide advice on WHS training needs of individuals and the work team 3.2 Provide advice on strategies and opportunities for developing work team's WHS competence 3.3 Provide coaching and mentoring assistance to work team members to support the effective development of individual and team WHS competence


4. Participate in identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks for the work area

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Provide advice on hazards in the work area according to organisational policies and procedures, and WHS legal requirements 4.2 Support the implementation of procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of control and according to organisational procedures and WHS legal requirements 4.3 Identify and report inadequacies in existing risk control measures according to organisational procedures, the hierarchy of control and WHS legal requirements 4.4 Accurately complete and maintain WHS incident records in the work area according to organisational procedures and WHS legislative requirements

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

This course is not delivered in a face-to-face classroom mode. It is instead delivered online via our learning management platform (Blackboard).

A range of self-paced learning activities are planned for this course. The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and may include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/Blackboard
  • Overview of assessment requirements
  • Pre-Training Review including:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities 

 The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows. (Please note that this schedule is subject to change)

     Week Week CommencingTopics                                                             Assessment   
16 Feb Weekly Contents Blackboard topics:

1. Introduction


  • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
213 Feb Weekly Contents Blackboard topics:

2. WHS Legislation


  • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
320 Feb Weekly Contents Blackboard topics:

3. Communicating WHS information to your team


  • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
427 Feb Weekly Contents Blackboard topics:

4. Hazards management in your organisation


  • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
 WHS Quiz - due 3 Mar 2017
56 Mar Weekly Contents Blackboard topics:

5. Support Participative arrangements for the management of WHS


  • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
613 Mar Weekly Contents Blackboard topics:

6. WHS Training


  • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
720 Mar Weekly Contents Blackboard topics:

7. Methods of Identifying Hazards


    • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
    • Working on Assessment
 827 MarWeekly Contents Blackboard topics:

8. Assessing and Controlling Risk for the work area


  • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
  • Working on Assessment
93 AprWeekly Contents Blackboard topics:

9. Complete and Maintain WHS records of incidents in work area in accordance with WHS legal requirements


  • Read Blackboard information and complete activities
  • Submit assessment
 Assessment Task –
 due 07/04/2017
1010 Apr Workplace Report – working on report 
 13 Apr-18 Apr **Mid semester break** 
1124 Apr Workplace Report – working on report 
121 May Workplace Report – working on report 
138 May Workplace Report – working on report 
1415 May Workplace Report – working on reportAssessment Task - Workplace Report - due 19/05/2017
1522 May Resubmission 
1629 May Feedback 

The nominal hours associated with this course 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 but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide evidence of:

* implementing organisational management systems and WHS procedures in own work area
* understanding of and meeting WHS legal and organisational requirements as they apply to own work area and job role
* knowledge of procedures for identifying hazards in the work area
* knowledge of procedures for assessing and controlling risks to health and safety associated with those hazards according to organisational WHS procedures.

Context for assessment
Assessment must ensure access to:

* safety processes relevant to the area of work
* relevant information and documentation on compliance requirements, such as:
     * organisational policies and procedures, standard operating procedures and plans
     * relevant Acts, regulations, codes of practice, licensing requirements and standards
* relevant internal and external information
* appropriate office equipment and resources used in the identification and rectification of WHS compliance breaches.

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.


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.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning effectiveness and final performance in the course.   Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

Assessment Tasks

The assessments for this course have been designed to allow participants to apply their learning to particular simulated work scenarios and demonstrate their competence in a variety of ways.

TASK 1 WHS Quiz (Grading weighting: 5%) (Due Date: End of Week 4)

For this assessment task you will complete an online quiz. Questions will be drawn from the various learning activities. 

TASK 2 Workplace Scenario (Grading weighting: 45%) (Due Date: End of Week 8)

For this assessment task you are required to respond to a series of questions relating to 3 case studies involving workplace health and safety scenarios. The scenarios are focused upon work health and safety investigation, response and management skills. 

TASK 3 Workplace Project (Grading weighting: 50%) (Due Date: End of Week 14)

For this assessment task you are required to investigate work health and safety risk/hazard assessment within a business.

You must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to achieve competency.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks (both hard copy and soft copy).
  • Use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship when you submit work for assessment at RMIT University. 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 must 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.
  • Include a footer (appearing on each page of your assessment) with your name, student number, assessment title, course code, course title and page numbers. For example, Kelly Hervey, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

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. For more Information go to:

The application form may be obtained from:

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. For more Information go to:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

The application form may be obtained from:

Resubmissions (VE Programs):

You must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to achieve competency.

If an assessment task is assessed as not yet satisfactory, you will be allowed one resubmission opportunity only. Your teacher will provide feedback detailing what you need to do in order to satisfactorily complete that task, and will set a new deadline for the resubmission within the current semester.

If your resubmission is deemed to be not yet satisfactory then you must apply in writing to your Program Manager outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in that course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as practical.

If your resubmission is deemed satisfactory then you may still achieve competency for the course, provided that all other assessment tasks are satisfactorily completed. Further, if this satisfactory resubmission is of a task that contributes to the overall grading of this course, then it shall only be entitled to receive a score that equates to 50% of the total marks allocated for that task.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which an adjustment to the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

Marking Guide (Competency)

You must demonstrate through your performance in the Course Assessment Tasks that you have all the required skills and knowledge as specified in the unit of competency (course) you are studying.

Your submitted assessments are the evidence used to determine if you have met all critical aspects of the assessments, and if any critical aspects have not been met, then you cannot be deemed competent in this course.

On each assessment task you will receive feedback against the competency requirements for that task, and the outcome of the task will be recorded as either satisfactory (all requirements have been met) or not yet satisfactory (one or more requirements has not yet been met).

Only when all assessment tasks have been assessed as satisfactory will you be deemed competent in this course.

Marking Guide (No Grading)

This course is not graded.

The reported Final Grade will be one of the following:


 Competency Achieved


 Not Yet Competent (all assessment tasks submitted)


 Did Not Submit (one or more assessment tasks not submitted)

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