Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: OHTH5712C

Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3304 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99250886

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

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however you will need to obtain a police check in order to participate in the practical placement and gain work in the sector as per legislative requirements.

You need knowledge of spoken English, as well as English literacy to a standard that is likely to meet workplace needs to enter the course. If you would like advice on the standard of English that is recommended for the course please contact the Course Co-ordinator via the details above.

Course Description

In this course you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to follow work health and safety procedures for direct care work. You will learn about sources of risk to personal safety, and how to assess the level of risk and follow risk minimisation procedures. You will learn to Identify manual handling hazards, assess related risk and follow risk minimisation procedures, and you will learn how to Identify sources of infection and apply industry accepted practice to minimise risk of infection to yourself, your clients and others. You will learn how to follow procedures and strategies for risk control, and how to contribute to health and safety in the workplace. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCWHS312A Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work


6. Contribute to WHS in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify environments, situations and client-related risk factors
1.2 Apply practical strategies and organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.3 Identify any behaviours of concern in the work context and follow organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.4 Identify risks associated with driving and travelling with and without clients and follow organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.5 Follow organisation policies and procedures when working in a new or unstable environment


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

Performance Criteria:

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


4. Identify other hazards and assess risk

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify risks of infection
3.2 Apply standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection as part of own work routine
3.3 Recognise situations when additional infection control procedures are required
3.4 Apply additional precautions when standard precautions alone may not be sufficient to prevent transmission of infection
3.5 Identify other sources of infection for workers


5. Follow procedures and strategies for risk control

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify other hazards in the work area during the performance of duties
4.2 Assess level of risk
4.3 Conduct environmental assessment to identify potential sources of risk to personal safety


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

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the required skills and knowledge to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

On completion of this course, you will be able to accurately identify the major work health and safety hazards, manual handling, together with other hazards that may include dealing with behaviours of concern, stress, assess related risk as well as follow instructions and procedures with minimal supervision and support
You will also be capable of participating and contributing to work health and safety (WHS) management issues There will be individual and group activities during classes, field visits and guest speakers. The Certificate III Aged Care includes two field placements with a total of 130 hours across the whole program and the knowledge and skills you gain in this course will be developed further through placement.

Teaching Schedule

1Introduction to the unit, Identify assessing and minimising risks to personal safety and hazards
2Environmental assessments and reporting
3Manual handling, Infection control, Risk control

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to industry sources of information and provided with a workbook to complete throughout the course. You will also be directed to other learning materials and websites if required.

Overview of Assessment

In this course you will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that you have developed to meet the competency requirements of this course. You will complete assessments to determine your knowledge throughout the course which ensures you are equipped to perform your job role in the Aged Care sector, and the second method of assessment is where you give practical demonstrations of the tasks required in the job role for this course. These assessment tasks are conducted after you have had adequate preparation for the assessment and you will be supported throughout the assessment process. Some of the practical tasks will be done in the purpose-built facilities at RMIT; others will be done in your placement in a workplace setting.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks
There are a number of in class tasks that will build towards your competency in this course which you will work through from your workbook.
The final assessment task will be an assessment in the simulated environment around WHS procedures along with a worksheet/quiz.

Assessment Matrix

A detailed matrix will be available from the teacher

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops and classes in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback from your teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
Student progress
Monitoring student progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student Progress policy can be found at:;IDvj2g89cve4uj1
Special Consideration Policy
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment buy the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity website:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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