Course Title: Apply health and safety practices in the workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: OHTH5450C

Course Title: Apply health and safety practices in the workplace

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4210 - Certificate IV in Financial Services

Course Contact : Clem Simonetto

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-5426

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Steven Geroe
03 9925 5464

For course and program enquiries
Clem Simonetto
03 9925 5426

Nominal Hours: 25

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 pre-requisites or co-requisites for this unit.

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to work safely in the financial services industry and follow sound occupational health practices at work.
It examines the legal framework; the requirements for policies and procedures, the obligations of the employer and employee, the roles of DWGs and OHS representatives.

The course also includes practical elements such as manual handling, computer safety, and risk assessment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSICGEN304B Apply health and safety practices in the workplace


FNSICGEN304B/01. Follow workplace safety procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1Health and safety procedures are applied at all times when carrying out daily work routines in the workplace.
1.2Safe practices for working with computers and other screen based equipment are followed at all times.
1.3Work is conducted within ergonomic guidelines.
1.4Hazard warnings and safety signs are recognised and observed.
1.5All hazardous materials and equipment are handled in accordance with manufacturers guidelines and specified safe handling guidelines.
1.6Safe manual handling techniques and safe equipment operation techniques are employed at all times.
1.7Work areas are kept clean and free from obstacles.


FNSICGEN304B/02. Contribute to occupational health and safety at work

Performance Criteria:

2.1OHS issues are raised with designated personnel in accordance with workplace procedures, codes of practice and relevant legislation.
2.2Contributions are made to health and safety management in the workplace in accordance with organisational policies and procedures and within the scope of the employees’ responsibility and competencies.


FNSICGEN304B/03. Identify and follow workplace procedures for hazard control and other emergency situations.

Performance Criteria:

3.1Hazards in the work area are recognised and reported to appropriate people following workplace procedures.
3.2Workplace procedures and instructions for assessing and controlling risks are followed accurately.
3.3Workplace procedures for dealing with incidents/accidents, fire emergencies are followed whenever necessary.
3.4Emergency exits are known and kept clear at all times.
3.5Workplace emergency first aid procedures are followed.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Each week students will be introduced to the legal theory related to each topic. Examples of the practical applications within industry will also be discussed.

Students will take an active role by completing risk assessments and evaluations, examining emergency procedures, analysing policies and procedures, filing incident/accident reports, demonstrating manual handling and applying workstation safety lists to workplace practices.

Teaching Schedule

    Week beginning Topics & Assessment TasksElementsLearning Activities
Week 1  Topic 1: Industry Overview
1A: Main Sectors
Calculate compound interest
Week 2 1B: RegulatorsFNSICIND401B/01, FNSICIND401B/02
Search ASIC, APRA and ACCC websites
Week 3 1C: Career PathsFNSICIND401B/01 FNSICIND401B/03 FNSICIND401B/04 C FNSICIND401B/05 Complete careers test
Week 4 Assessment - AssignmentFNSICIND401B/01, FNSICIND401B/03 FNSICIND401B/04 Complete assessment 1 and form groups for assessment 2
Week 5 Topic 2 Compliance
2A: Financial Services Reform Act
FNSICIND401B/01, FNSICIND401B/02 FNSICIND401B/03, FNSICIND401B/04 Analyse CBA’s FSG for compliance
Week 6 2B: ASIC Regulatory GuidesFNSICIND401B/01, FNSICIND401B/02 FNSICIND401B/03, FNSICIND401B/04 Complete case study
Week 7 2C: Uniform Consumer Credit CodeFNSICIND401B/01, FNSICIND401B/02 FNSICIND401B/03, FNSICIND401B/04 inalise topics and groups for assessment 2
Week 8 Assesment PreparationFNSICIND401B/01, FNSICIND401B/02 FNSICIND401B/03, FNSICIND401B/04 Finalise presentation
Week 9 Assessment - Group PresentationFNSICIND401B/01, FNSICIND401B/02 FNSICIND401B/03, FNSICIND401B/04Complete assessement 2
Week 10Topic 3: Confidentiality
FNSICIND401B/02, FNSICIND401B/03 FNSICIND401B/05 Debate the right to privacy
Week 113B: Privacy and Statue Law
3C: Privacy and the Code of Banking Practice
FNSICIND401B/02, FNSICIND401B/03 FNSICIND401B/05 Apply NPPs to real-life situations
Week 12 Topic 4: Professionalism
4A: Conflict Resolution
FNSICIND401B/02 FNSICIND401B/03 FNSICIND401B/05 Complete case study
Week 13 4B: EthicsFNSICIND401B/05 Workshop conflicts of interest
Week 14 Assessment - Open Book Test FNSICIND401B/02, FNSICIND401B/03 FNSICIND401B/04, FNSICIND401B/05 Complete assessment 3
Week 15 Topic 5: Health and Safety
5A: Legal Framework
FNSICGEN401B/01, FNSICGEN401B/02 Complete risk assessment
Week 16 5B: Ergonomics and Office Safety
5C: Human Behaviour and Attitudes
FNSICGEN401B/01, FNSICGEN401B/02 Complete accident/incident report
Week 17 Assessment – Oral ExamFNSICGEN401B/01, FNSICGEN401B/02 FNSICGEN401B/03Demonstrate how to work safely in an office
Week 18 Resits Finalise results

This schedule may be subject to change. Students will be advised of changes in class and on the learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

All relevant learning resources will be placed on the online learning hub ( Students will need to access this site on a weekly basis, print off materials, and bring them to class.


Burton, Kay. Maintaining Workplace Safety. Tertiary Press: Croydon (2002).

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

To achieve competency in this course students must complete a number of assessment tasks.
1. A Hazard report that requires you to prepare a report identifying risk hazards in a workplace.
2. A Incident report that requires you to report a workplace incident using an appropriate reporting form and complying with health and safety procedures.
3. A Work Office case-study identifying hazards in a office environment.

Students 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. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

Overview of Assessment
Throughout the semester students will be able to gauge their progress by completing and discussing class exercises. This formative feedback will highlight to students areas in which they may need to do more work to achieve competency.

Assessment Tasks 
Students must complete all assessments and achieve a CA (competency achieved) in each task to qualify for an overall pass in this course.

Students will be assessed via an oral exam during class time. Students will be asked to demonstrate their manual handling technique, their ability to use a workstation safely, their ability to follow emergency procedures, as well as their ability to manage stress. 

Missed Tests
If a student misses a test for any reason, they must complete a special consideration application. Please note that applications must be submitted through the online learning hub within 2 working days of the scheduled assessment.
It is expected that students will show their teacher the written receipt granting a deferred assessment as soon as it is received so it can be recorded.

The special consideration policy can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w
This site includes a link to the application form.

All assignments must be submitted using the faculty cover sheet for assignments. These are available from the foyer on level 13 or at:

If a student receives a NYC (not yet competent) for an assignment they have completed, they will be given the opportunity to re-submit the assignment to achieve a pass grade.

Late Assignments
Students seeking an extension of seven calendar days or less from the original due date must complete an application for extension to time, available at level 13 reception. The application must be lodged with your teacher no later than one working day before the official due date, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Assessment Matrix

 Assessment Task
      Marks  Topics
Risk Assessment         CA/NYC Topics 5A, 5B
Incident/Accident Report         CA/NYC Topics 5A, 5B
Oral Exam         CA/NYC
Topics 5A, 5B, 5C

Other Information

 Employability skills

 Refer to the non-technical skills and competencies that are an important part of effective and successful participation in the workplace.
Their inclusion in the training packages represents the progress of competency based training into a system which aims to develop the full range of transferable skills, attitudes and behaviour required for successful participation in the workplace.
These include:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Technology
  • Planning and Organising
  • Initiative and Enterprise
  • Self-Management
  • Learning

Topic A. Legal Framework
Required Knowledge and Skills
1.1 Identify and apply health and safety procedures when carrying out daily work routines.
1.2 Recognise and observe hazard warnings and safety signs.
1.3 Identify OHS issues and explain procedural responses.
1.4 Explain the roles of DWGs, OHS committees, OHS representatives, and the WorkSafe inspectorate.
1.5 Explain the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees according to relevant legislation and codes of practice.
1.6 Manage reporting obligations.
1.7 Assess and control risks.

Topic B. Ergonomics and Office Safety
2.1 Use safe practices for working with computers and other screen-based equipment.
2.2 Use safe manual handling techniques and safe equipment operation techniques.
2.3 Set-up and maintain a safe computer workstation.
2.4 Demonstrate stretching techniques.

Topic C. Human Behaviour and Attitudes
3.1 Define and differentiate states of stress.
3.2 List examples of workplace violence.
3.3 Identify ways to reduce stress and contain violence.
3.4 Define ‘bullying’ in the workplace.


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