Course Title: Maintain workplace safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: OHTH5090C

Course Title: Maintain workplace safety

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Clare Renner
Telephone: 03 9925 4047

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

At RMIT the competency Maintain Workplace Safety is delivered and assessed along with the competencies Develop and Apply Industry Knowledge(CUFGEN01A) and Identify Industry Laws and Regulations and Apply Them to Workplace Activities (CUFGEN02A )  

Course Description

The competency Maintain workplace safety is taught within the course Industry Overview. In this course you look at issues of health and safety that may affect you as a writer or editor. You also increase your knowledge of the writing and publishing industry through contact with a broad range of people who are currently working in different areas of the industry and explore the laws and regulations governing the industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCMN311A Maintain Workplace Safety


1. Assist incorporation of Occupational Health and Safety policy and procedures into the workplace. 

Performance Criteria:

1.1Understanding of basic requirements of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in area of responsibility appropriate for health and safety needs of a small work team are demonstrated
1.2Information on the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs is provided in a readily accessible manner and clearly explained to the work group
1.3Information about identifying hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control is regularly provided and clearly explained to the work group


2. Support participative arrangements for the management of Occupational Health and Safety  

Performance Criteria:

2.1Organisational consultative procedures are implemented and monitored to facilitate participation of work group in management of work area hazards
2.2Issues raised through consultation are promptly dealt with in accordance with organisational procedures for issue resolution
2.3Encouragement and assistance is given to team members to contribute to the management of Occupational Health and Safety at the workplace
2.4Feedback from individuals and teams is used to identify and implement improvements in the management of Occupational Health and Safety


3. Support the organisation’s procedures for providing Occupational Health and Safety training 

Performance Criteria:

3.1Advice is provided on Occupational Health and Safety training needs of individuals and workgroup
3.2Advice is provided on strategies and opportunities for development of workgroup’s competencies in relation to Occupational Health and Safety
3.3Coaching and mentoring assistance is provided to team members to support the effective development of individual and group competencies in Occupational Health and Safety


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

Performance Criteria:

4.1Advice is provided on hazards in work area in line with organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures
4.2Support is provided in implementing procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of controls and in accordance with organisational procedures
4.3Inadequacies in existing risk control measures are identified and reported in accordance with the hierarchy of controls
4.4Occupational Health and Safety records of incidents in the work area are accurately completed and maintained in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety legal requirements

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will have an awareness of issues surrounding your health and safety as a writer and / or editor and of copyright law. You will also be familiar with the different areas of writing and publishing industry. 

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through -

In-class activities:
•industry speakers
•group discussion

Out-of-class activities:
•independent project based work
•writing and reading
•online and other research
•independent study

Teaching Schedule

Each week you have the opportunity to hear someone from a different area of the industry. The following topics will be covered but the order of speakers will depend on people’s availability .
** NB. Please be aware that:
1. The copyright lecture will be held on WEDNESDAY MAY 4. Attendance at this lecture is compulsory for reaching competence in Identify Industry laws and Regulations and Apply to Workplace Activities
2. There will be lecture on maintaining your health as a writer and editor on WEDNESDAY APRIL 6  Attendance at this lecture is compulsory for reaching competence in Maintain Workplace Safety.

TopicCompetency and Elements
 ** OH&S - Looking after yourself as a writer and editor (Lecture on APRIL 6)BSBCMN311A 1,2,3,4
** Copyright - What you need to know.............. (Lecture on MAY 4)CUFGEN02A - 1,2

RPL - recognition of industry experience and current competence
CUFGEN01A - 2,4
BSBCMN311A - 3
Small Press Publishing
 CUFGEN01A - 1,2,4
CUFGEN02A - 1,2
BSBCMN311A - 3
Why write for young adults? Three successful YA writers tell you.   
 CUFGEN01A - 1,4
The Victorian Writers’ Centre - Professional support for writers CUFGEN01A - 1,2,3
CUFGEN02A - 1,2

An overview of the publishing process CUFGEN01A - 1,2,3,4
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 Agents - do you need one. De-mystifying the role of the agent
CUFGEN02A - 1,2,4
 Books and the electronic age - where are we going?

CUFGEN01A - 1,2.,3
Writing your passion - people who make a living writing about their special interestsCUFGEN01A - 1,4

Writers and radio - the writer behind the voiceCUFGEN01A - 1,3, 4
 Making a living as a writer - it’s not impossible
 CUFGEN01A - 1,2,3,4
BSBCMN311A - 3
Writers and Editors - a special relationshipCUFGEN01A - 1,4
 The business of written communication - corporate writing
 CUFGEN01A - 1,4
Applying for grants - everything you need to know CUFGEN02A - 1
CUFGEN01A - 1,2,3,4
Making people laugh - writing comedy CUFGEN01A - 1,4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed material will be provided by the teacher in this course


You are advised to look at the course blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course

Overview of Assessment

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Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

1. Select an area within the publishing or writing industry.
Research any industry laws and regulations that might impact on writers and / or editors. Produce a short report discussing your findings.
500 words Due – April 13

2. Create a health and safety plan for yourself taking into account your individual needs and the advice provided at the lecture. Due May 4

3.Research an area of the industry that is of personal interest to you. Write a report of 1000 words.
This report to be posted on Blackboard as a shared resource for the Professional Writing and Editing students. Due – May 25

Detailed briefs for each assignment will be provided to you on blackboard

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

All competencies will be assessed as:
C Competent
NYC Not yet competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration

Other Information

You will receive spoken and/or  written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions:
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions and plagiarism

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission):
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are
unable to complete any piece of assessment on or by the due date, you will need to
apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%

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