Course Title: Follow safety procedures for direct care work

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3262

Course Title: Follow safety procedures for direct care work

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 30.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2012

Course Contact: Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit is specifically designed to cater for safety aspects of work involving delivery of services in aged care, home and community care and disability services
The unit focuses on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCOHS312A Follow safety procedures for direct care work


Contribute to OHS in the workplace.

Follow procedures and strategies for risk control.

Identify manual handling hazards, assess related risk and follow risk minimisation procedures.

Identify other hazards and assess risk.

Identify sources of infection and apply industry accepted practice to minimise risk of infection to themselves, clients and others.

Identify sources of risk to personal safety, assess the level of risk and follow risk minimisation procedures.

Learning Outcomes

The learner will have acquired the knowledge to effectively manage the awareness of all relevant workplace procedures including: hazard management policies and procedures,  care plans and work instruction, procedures for the use of manual handling and mobility equipment, personal protective equipment, duress and other alarms,  emergency, fire and incident procedures, awareness that OHS issues are regulated by State/territory acts, regulations, codes of practise and industry standards, basic concepts of likelihood of occurrence and consequences (severity) of injury , basic home fire safety,  basic understanding of sources of infection and means to minimise transfer of infectious diseases, duty of care within the respective scope of responsibilities in accordance with general OHS acts and regulations as well as respective state and national standards, knowledge and understanding of the workplace OHS system sufficient to recognise situations affecting OHS and to take the appropriate action to rectify the situation, including specific awareness of manual handling hazards as well as general awareness of other hazards that occur in the sector, knowledge of the relationship between OHS and sustainability in the workplace, including how the maintenance of health and safety contributes to environmental, economic, workforce and social sustainability , meaning of OHS signs and symbols relevant to the work area, significance of service provision setting. The learner will be able to demonstrate the ability to identify hazards, particularly with regard to manual handling, in the workplace and to have the ability to  report hazards identified using documented organisation processes including Identifying manual handling risk and modify work practises appropriately, they will be able to identify risks to personal safety and apply accepted practises to minimise risk. The learner will have the ability to identify and demonstrate standard infection control procedures, including use of approved hand washing techniques, work safely and follow the enterprise’s OHS policies and procedures, identify, report and manage workplace hazards (within the limits of worker control) and will be able to undertake appropriate observation and reporting.  In addition, the learner skills will include the ability to, access and use manual handling equipment commonly available in the industry sector to reduce risks associated with manual handling, communicate OHS issues to designated personnel, demonstrate correct use of equipment according to organisation and manufacturer instructions, exercise duty of care within the respective scope of responsibilities in accordance with general OHS acts and regulations as well as respective state and national standards,  identify client-related risk factors and modify approach and choice of equipment to minimise risk , implement work processes and practises to prevent or minimise risk , recognise potential situations that require action and then implement appropriate corrective action as much as possible to eliminate risk, refer to and apply safe work practises, solve problems, take into account and use opportunities to address waste minimisation, environmental responsibility and sustainable practise issues,   use body bio-mechanics, as a supplement to other manual handling risk reduction strategies, to reduce the risk in routine tasks .

Overview of Assessment

 While the learner may participate the majority assessment of this unit with in a practical placement environment assessment may  also be conducted using a range of practical exercises and scenarios/case studies/what ifs as well as through oral/written questions to check the reasoning behind the observable actions along with these assessments activities should include a range of routine problems that may have been generated from the past incident history and hazardous incidents in similar work contexts within the sector and/or industry.