Course Title: Follow safety procedures for direct care work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5554C

Course Title: Follow safety procedures for direct care work

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3262 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 30

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

Not Applicable.

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

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCOHS312A Follow safety procedures for direct care work


Contribute to OHS in the workplace.

Performance Criteria:

1. Describe employee rights and employer obligations regarding consultation on OHS matters
2. Raise task and/or job specific OHS issues with appropriate people in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant OHS legislative requirements
3. Contribute to participative arrangements for OHS management in the workplace within organisation procedures and the scope of responsibilities and competencies
4. Provide feedback to supervisor on hazards in work area in line with organisation OHS policies and procedures
5. Provide support in implementing procedures to control risks in accordance with organisation procedures


Follow procedures and strategies for risk control.

Performance Criteria:

1. Report hazards in the work area to designated personnel according to workplace procedures
2. Follow accurately workplace procedures and work instructions for controlling risks with minimal supervision
3. Whenever necessary, within the scope of responsibilities and competencies, follow workplace procedures for dealing with incidents, fire and/or hazardous events


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

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify manual handling hazards
2. Assess the risk using the tools described in the Manual Handling Code of practice (or equivalent) for own State/territory
3. Apply recognised control measures for manual handling risk, including eliminating manual handling wherever possible
4. Follow established manual handling procedures and work instructions for minimising manual handling activity/risk


Identify other hazards and assess risk.

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify other hazards in the work area during the performance of duties
2. Assess level of risk
3. Conduct environmental assessment to identify potential sources of risk to personal safety


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

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify risks of infection
2. Apply standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection as part of own work routine
3. Recognise situations when additional infection control procedures are required
4. Apply additional precautions when standard precautions alone may not be sufficient to prevent transmission of infection
5. Identify other sources of infection for workers


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

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify environments, situations and client-related risk factors
2. Apply practical strategies and organisation procedures to minimise risk
3. Identify any behaviours of concern in the work context and follow organisation procedures to minimise risk
4. Identify risks associated with driving and travelling with and without clients and follow organisation procedures to minimise risk
5. Follow organisation policies and procedures when working in a new or unstable environment

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 .

Details of Learning Activities

Learners will participate in class room discussions, problem solving within individual and team groups. They will be encouraged to express their concerns and ideas both negative and positive. They will participate in role play scenarios in a simulated environment within the frame work of expected outcomes and discuss the reality of the outcomes via their own/trainers experience with in the appropriate work environment. They will participate in questionnaires, case studies and practical placement. All within the contents of this unit.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule is designed in a time table format, outlining the specific elements linked to specific units that will be taught on the said session and double up as a lesson plan. Scenarios, case studies, questionnaires, role plays, viewing DVDs and class discussions will be designed using the appropriate contents matching up with the performance criteria. As this unit is quite intense it is suggested that all learners attend each session, and is presented in a manner to cater for all individuals own learning strategy.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources are provided via booklets created to cover the essential information referring to the unit applied and are supplied to all learners attending the program. Updated handouts are also given to all students and frequent face to face discussion re dvd’s that may be viewed.

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.

Assessment Tasks

A leaner must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit. Assessments methods have been designed to achieve the competencies of this unit in a flexible manner and over a range of assessment tasks. Learners will participate in 100 hours of practical placement to demonstrate their essential knowledge and skills to meet the competencies and expected outcomes of this unit. Students will need to complete a practical placement competency matrix, signed and witnessed by the appropriate authorities to ensure the ability to perform their expected tasks meet the criteria of competencies for this unit.

Assessment Matrix

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