Course Title: Contribute to the implementation of a systematic approach to managing OHS

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: OHTH5493C

Course Title: Contribute to the implementation of a systematic approach to managing OHS

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: S0031 - OHS Skill Set 1 - RIIERP

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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

This course has no pre-requisites or co-requisites.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively contribute to the application of a systematic approach to managing occupational health and safety (OHS) to ensure that the workplace is, as far as is practicable, safe and without risks to the health of employees and others. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS401B Contribute to the implementation of a systematic approach to managing OHS


Contribute to the implementation of information and data systems

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify and address requirements for record keeping
1.2. Identify, access and evaluate sources of OHS information and data for application in the workplace
1.3. Take actions to ensure that records are accurately completed, collected and stored
1.4. Provide information and data to managers and stakeholders in a readily understood format
1.5. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of recordkeeping actions taken


Contribute to the implementation of OHS strategies, systems and plans

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Determine OHS priorities in consultation with appropriate managers and in line with other consultative arrangements in the workplace
2.2. Develop OHS action plans taking account of priorities
2.3. Identify and document OHS training needs
2.4. Monitor action plans for achievement, and update as required
2.5. Seek input from OHS specialists and technical advisors if required


Evaluate effectiveness of the approach to managing OHS

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Access sources of external and internal OHS information and data as part of evaluation
6.2. Identify the need for any external input to evaluation and action as appropriate
6.3. Consult stakeholders for input to the evaluation
6.4. Identify, document and action areas for improvement


Identify implications of all sources of change to managing OHS and provide advice regarding those changes

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Identify and evaluate changes to relevant legislation for implications for managing OHS
5.2. Identify and evaluate changes to relevant standards or industry practice for implications for managing OHS
5.3. Monitor sources of information and data for impact on hazards, risks and the management of OHS
5.4. Provide appropriate advice to address impact of change


Identify OHS implications of proposed changes to the workplace and provide advice to control risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Evaluate proposed changes to the workplace for OHS implications
4.2. Identify resulting hazards and assess potential risks
4.3. Provide appropriate advice to control risks and action as appropriate


Support integration of OHS within the overall management approach

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Identify other functional areas that impact on OHS
3.2. Implement strategies for addressing these impacts
3.3. Work with managers and stakeholders as appropriate to implement OHS action plans

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participants will work individually and in groups(in virtual community).
Participants are required to read the course notes and any information provided on the RMIT Learning Hub.

Participants are also required to read the chapter from the recommended text relating to the session topic.

The learning activities include:
• Case studies
• Videos
• Peer interaction
• Simulations
• Reflection and discussion
• Accessing information on-line
• Workplace activities

Teaching Schedule

This module will be delivered online providing students an opportunity to engage in self-pace learning with ongoing support from staff.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web sites Online Learning Hub. The online learning materials listed under each topic include:
• Subject outlines
• Lecture notes
• Reading materials
• Activities
Further online learning materials are available and include:
• Articles of interest
• OHS videos
• Useful external links
• Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

The participant must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. 

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, workplace activities, in class exercises, quizzes, practical problem solving exercises and presentations. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

A major work based assessment – A report outlining the occupational health and safety processes your workplace uses to identify, assess, control, monitor and review hazards. 70% of total mark

Online participation - 30% of total mark, comprising of:

• Participation and input into Discussion Forum
• Completion of online Quizzes
• Completion of online activities

To successfully complete this course, you need to be successful in both assessment tasks (Major Work based assessment and Online participation).

A detailed assessment sheet will be discussed during the delivery of module.

Assessment Matrix

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