Course Title: Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5785C

Course Title: Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4223 - Certificate IV in Business Administration

Course Contact : Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email:sylvia.baroutis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in order to meet legislative requirements.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS401A Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Element:

3. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for providing WHS training.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify WHS training needs according to organisational requirements, and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements

3.2 Make arrangements to meet WHS training needs of team members in consultation with relevant individuals

3.3 Provide workplace learning opportunities, and coaching and mentoring assistance, to facilitate team and individual achievement of identified WHS training needs

3.4 Identify and report to management the costs associated with providing training for work team, for inclusion in financial and management plans

Element:

1. Provide information to the work team about WHS policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Accurately explain to the work team, relevant provisions of WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice

1.2 Provide information about the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs , and ensure it is readily accessible to and understandable by the work team

1.3 Regularly provide and clearly explain to the work team, information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control

Element:

2. Implement and monitor participation arrangements for managing WHS

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Communicate to workplace parties the importance of effective consultation mechanisms in managing health and safety risks in the workplace

2.2 Apply consultation procedures to facilitate participation of the work team in managing work area hazards

2.3 Promptly deal with issues raised through consultation, according to organisational consultation procedures and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements

2.4 Promptly record and communicate to the work team the outcomes of consultation over WHS issues

Element:

4. Implement and monitor organisational procedures and legal requirements for identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and report on hazards in work area according to WHS policies and procedures, and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements

4.2 Promptly action team member hazard reports according to organisational procedures and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements

4.3 Implement procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of control, according to organisational and WHS legislative requirements

4.4 Identify and report inadequacies in existing risk controls according to hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements

4.5 Monitor outcomes of reports on inadequacies, where appropriate, to ensure a prompt organisational response

Element:

5. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for maintaining WHS records for the team

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Accurately complete and maintain WHS records of incidents of occupational injury and disease in work area, according to WHS policies, procedures and legislative requirements

5.2 Use aggregate information and data from work area records to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures in work area


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include ’hands-on’ participation in the simulated business environment (SBS), Reflective Records. The student will work with the teacher as manager and with their department and across departments in the SBS. 


Teaching Schedule

Week Week commencingTopics

Assessments

Full-time/Flexible delivery 

1 10 Feb

Course Induction

  • Course delivery and assessment details
  • Course support documents
  • Online learning environment including Blackbaord
  • Grading
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals/Extensions
  • Feedback/Privacy
  • Submission requirements/Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities
  • Use of Turnitin

 

Discussion of requirements Task 1 & 2
217 Feb

Required knowledge - relevant legislation; Duty of Care

Research more about the Victorian legislation:

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/ohasa2004273/

Read summary on page 171: This will give an overview of key learning for the semester.

 

 Portfolio tasks
324 Feb

Provide information to the workgroup about OHS policies and procedures

Chapter 6 Communicate and support work health and safety pg 142-146

Table 6.1 on p 144

 Portfolio tasks
43 Mar

Implement and monitor participative arrangements for the management of OHS

Consultation on OHS issues - what is it and what are some consultation procedures that you can think of? Chapter 6 pg 146-148

 Portfolio tasks
510 Mar

Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for providing OHS training.

How can we identify training needs for staff who cannot perform the tasks? Chapter 6 pg 150-155

 Portfolio tasks
617 Mar

Implement and monitor procedures for identifying hazards and assessing risks.

Chapter 6 pp 156-159 Fig 6.2 & 6.3; Report and document hazards pg 156-157

 Portfolio tasks
724 MarImplement and monitor procedures for identifying hazards and assessing risks.

How can we identify training needs for staff who cannot perform the tasks? Chapter 6 pg 156-159

 Portfolio tasks
831 Mar

Implement and monitor procedures for identifying hazards and assessing risks.
How can we identify training needs for staff who cannot perform the tasks?

 

Portfolio tasks
97 April

 Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for controlling risks.

Chapter 6 Hierarchy of controls pg 159-165
 

 Portfolio tasks
1014 April

 Implement and monitor the organisation;s procedures for maintaining OHS records for the team.

Chapter 6 pg 165-170

 Portfolio tasks
  MID SEMESTER BREAK 18-27 APRIL INCLUSIVE 
1128 April Assessment Task 1 due

 

125 May All elements of competency - Assessment Task 2 preparation 
1312 May All elements of competency - Assessment Task 2 preparation 
1419 May All elements of competency - Assessment Task 2 preparation 
1526 May Assessment Task 2 due submit all tasks to Blackboard
162 June Feedback and review 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dwyer, J 2012 The Business Communication Handbook/Judith Dwyer, 9th ed, Pearson, Australia.


References


Other Resources

Officewise - A guide to health and safety in the office, available online at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate all elements of competency through a variety of methods showing their understanding of elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent.

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievements of each competency in a flexible manner.  Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods: analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios, demonstration of techniques, review of documentation outlining procedures, oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of general principles and processes and independent and group based research to assess competency, including the underpinning skills and knowledge.

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 met.


Assessment Tasks

Critical aspects of assessment

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • applying organisational management systems and procedures to OHS within workgroup area
  • applying procedures for assessing and controlling risks to health and safety associated with those hazards, in accordance with the Hierarchy of Controls
  • providing specific, clear and accurate information and advice on workplace hazards to workgroup
  • knowledge of legal responsibilities of employers, supervisors and employees in the workplace.

You are required to complete two (2) tasks. You must successfuly complete all elements of competency to be deemed competent in this unit.

Task 1 -.Departmental  case study due Week 11

Task 2 - Portfolio of evidence due Week 15

The duration of this assessment is 15 weeks. You will prepare and gather competency evidence while working in the Simulated Business Space.  Please refer to separate assessment document and marking guide on myRmit for this unit.


Assessment Matrix

Required skills Assessment
  • analytical skills to identify hazards, to assess risks in the work area and to review data relating to monitoring and evaluating incidents (accidents), environmental issues and the effectiveness of risk control measures
  • literacy skills to comprehend documentation and to interpret OHS requirements
  • coaching and mentoring skills to provide support to colleagues.
Tasks 1 & 2
 
Required knowledge  
  • key provisions of relevant legislation from all levels of government that may affect aspects of business operations, such as:
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • ethical principles
  • codes of practice
  • privacy laws
  • environmental issues
  • OHS
  • legal responsibilities of employers, supervisors and employees in the workplace
  • hazards and associated risks which exist in the workplace
  • organisational policies and procedures relating to hazard management, fire, emergency, evacuation, incident (accident) investigating and reporting
  • relevance of consultation as a key mechanism for improving workplace culture.
Tasks 1 & 2
Element of competency (see above for Performance Criteria)  
1. Provide information to the workgroup about OHS policies and procedures
2. Implement and monitor participative arrangements for the management of OHS
3. Implement and monitor the organisation’s procrdures for providing OHS training
4. Implement and monitor procedures for identifying hazards and assessing risks
5. Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for controlling risks
6. Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for maintaining OHS records for the team
Tasks 1 & 2

Other Information

 

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via myRmit.   Ongoing feedback will be provided in class. if required.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf

Resubmissions:

If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is "CAG".

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:

More Information: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz   website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on myRmit.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.


Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.
You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


1. LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to developing and maintaining an WHS system.

2. DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in managing an WHS system. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable WHS legislative requirements in all the assessment tasks.

3. TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing WHS systems and how these might be addressed.

4. WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT

We expect to see ongoing research that is relevant to the unit, full utilisation of Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.

5. COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to WHS management in the workplace.
Final Grades table:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for assessment
 

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